Every time I think about Budapest I feel disappointed from the decision that I made on my layover. I never take walking tours, but when I do, I choose the worst one to mess up all my plans. We arrived at 2pm at the hotel, late enough for the bus tours which all the crew that I met in the past have recommended me to booked it. Unfortunately, It was too late for these tours. Since it was my second week working 3 to 4 flights back to back with only one day off, I was so tired and also with jetlag to walk around to all the places that I wanted to visit alone. I mostly take a map and go solo. If I like the plan of the crew I’ll join, if not, then alone it is. In this case one of the crew invited me to go with her for a walking tour from a gentleman that offers tours for Emirates crew, so I thought..okay I guess (let me try it since I’m exhausted to navigate alone). I changed and meet up at the lobby. We were staying in the city, so we just walked more into it with a little bit of history and its beautiful architecture. I like tours that they say less history words and explanations, Why? Because I’m not in vacations. I’m there for only a day and a half or two, so I need to experienced the food, the light, sunset, the people, the views, everything. I love to take photos, and standing 5 to 7 mins in the same area talking and talking… It makes me anxious. This is why I prefer going solo with a map, except this time though! Which I don’t know what I was thinking of! I missed the Buda Castle which it was crossing the bridge near my hotel, the church, the liberty statue, the palace, a thermal bath etc. There’s a lot of things to do in Budapest and I know one day is not enough but I was hoping to at least visit the Buda Castle. The walking tour just gets you inside the city and its history, also by the Opera and Chain Bridge. I enjoyed yes, but crossing the bridge were all the sightseeing. I arrived late and tired of walking so I wasn’t able to continue alone. Although, I still recommend Budapest. It is a beautiful city, amazing architecture, food is delicious, many places to go and things to do, and best of all…is not expensive! This is what I did:
Around the city!:
Switzerland, another one checked from my bucket list. I was pretty lucky to have this flight at the last moment in my roster and for my luck, the crew was awesome as well. We arrived at 8:00pm at the hotel and we arranged to meet up at the lounge to organize what we were going to do in the morning. While we were chatting and sharing ideas, we ordered a Swiss Burger along with a local beer. I was so excited, I mean, I’ve always wanted to eat a Swiss burger, that I even asked the waitress impatiently “Is it really the burger from the Swiss cow? Local cow? The big cows?” She laugh and said “Yes, not imported. All meat is from our local Swiss cows.” The burger was juicy, thick and big. Totally what I was expecting. After eating our juicy delicious burger, we finally agreed to rent a car and drive to the Swiss Alps which was an hour and half of trip. We met at 8am next day, ate some quick breakfast and left, we were like 7 of us. This was a great and one of a life time crew opportunity, I’m not exaggerating. Most crew don’t even do anything and they see renting a car like a big deal. Fortunately, we all wanted to see the alps and have a wonderful road trip experience in beautiful Switzerland.
We passed the city which had some classic old architecture, the view of the farms, nature, green everywhere, the amazing mountains…the road trip was beautiful indeed. I totally recommend it, you will enjoy the amazing views and good sightseeing spots to take photos. After an hour or so, we arrived at Rigis Swiss Alps. A breathtaking panoramic view across the Alps along with one of the oldest mountain railways, enjoyed the surroundings of 3 different water bodies. It has well signposted hiking trails, perfect for walks and mountain hikes. The flora view is amazing, mountains, lakes etc. It will really delight you. This is also located at the central of Switzerland. The whole area offers hotels, restaurants, souvenirs shops, hiking in summer and skiing in the winter! We didn’t hike, we took the rack railway, recommended as well. You’ll enjoy the view.
These photos were on our way to Rigis:
A lot of people have been asking me if I’m still with my boyfriend and how is it going so far. The answer is yes, we are still together, more than ever! I’ve been working a lot with minimum rest days and still trying to swap any flight for a USA flight, so I can spend time with my boyfriend, but it has been almost impossible! Until this month, I had Washington DC. My boyfriend managed to swap his shifts and traveled to Washington just to see me for a 24 hrs layover. I was -or- WE were so excited about finally get to see each other after 4 months. I really don’t think I should write more about how is our relationship but of how we’ve maintain our relationship. Before that post; a quick stop of how was my best layover, with him.
A lot people called us crazy, pointless, stressful, long distance relationship don’t work, they pity us and so on. For us, we actually don’t care, a 24 hours layover felt like a week. It was precious, time gold, happiness… Continue reading
This month’s roster was a bit…not so good. Only 4 layovers and the rest ‘turns’ but, I finally got the opportunity to visit Russia! I have it twice this month, also this fleet is only with the A330. It turns out that July is one of the best seasons to visit St. Petersburg, the day-lenght changes so, the sunset is more likely at 12am. I’ve experienced late sunset but not like this. In Puerto Rico, the sunset in summer season is at 7pm, in Orlando, FL is at 8pm. But walking and losing track of time thinking is 3pm and when you check your watch is 11:30pm, holy wackamoly! It looked like 3pm because of the light, people were also still hanging around, restaurants were full, kids wandering around etc. Well, I did liked it though!
This crew was pretty good actually. We arrived at 3:00pm, got dressed and went out for dinner. Captain, First Officer, 1 girl from business class and us :), the 4 crew from economy. After we had our nice glass of wines and beers, only 3 of us from economy went out to explore. I was pretty glad that I already had the opportunity of flying with one of the girls, which was the girl from business class. We sticked together and made jokes, also remembering our first trip together which was hilarious (The Bangkok-Sydney-Christchurch). The other 3 girls were so nice as well, one of the girls was really new, she was from Colombia and it was her first layover as well. She didn’t knew that I spoke Spanish, since Puerto Rico is colony of USA, I represent the United States and also wear its flag. When I spoke to her, she was so happy because she didn’t had the opportunity to have a flight with another Latino/Hispanic, and suddenly she couldn’t stop talking in Spanish (This is also how I feel when I fly with a Latino or Spanish). Furthermore, our first stop was the Savior on Blood Church; is one of the main sights of St. Petersburg, Russia. Other names include the Church on Spilt Blood and the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ. This Church was built on the site where Emperor Alexander II was severely wounded and died in March 1881.The church was built from 1883 till 1907 and also, the construction was funded by the imperial family. Unfortunately everything was closed after 3pm, so I didn’t had the chance to visit from inside the Church or any other landscape. At least I visit most all of them and took pictures from the outside 😦 , I have it again this week, I’ll try my best to at least visit the Cathedral. By the way all these pictures were taken after 8pm :), enjoy.
These are some pics of the Savior on Blood Church:
The past few days have been so rush for me, plus trying to finish my last two posts from my last trips, oh! Not everything is peaches and cream or easy as it seems. Sometimes it’s a little challenging and sometimes difficult when you are even living alone with no family around. Let me start by explaining how was my life when I moved to Dubai that explains my stress these past few days. No drama, but yet so uncomfortable. I’m not talking about the laws and culture of United Arab Emirates, that’s another theme in which I’ve adapted myself pretty good actually. Yet, when you move from your country to start a new life in a foreign one, you want to actually have a home to start on, right? but when you live for almost 6 months in a hotel with no information regarding when you’ll be accommodated, it comes stressful with those who want to have a home…a real one. Continue reading
First thing I thought when I saw I had Johannesburg was “Finally!! I can visit the famous Lion Park!!!” On the other hand my mom was sending me news of the woman who was killed by a lion on that same park. “Please, don’t do anything stupid, I know you like danger, take care of yourself..”- My mom replied to me several times when she knew I was going to visit the park…and my dad almost with a heart attack. I was convinced that even if no one of the crew wanted to visit the park, I was going by myself. Fortunately, most of the crew that have been at Johannesburg didn’t have the opportunity to visit the park. So, we all made a group and scheduled an appointment for the trip. An ex-cabin crew from emirates have this ‘tour’ when they pick up and drop you at the park, and they also drive you into the lion safari. Continue reading
Sometimes when you are new in this lifestyle such as traveling or in the aviation industry, you tend to make friends and schedule tour trips with fellow colleagues. However, reality is another story. I’ve always traveled with someone; with a friend, travel buddy or with my boyfriend. I’ve tried to mixed with groups or try to like to do the things and plans they’ll do in certain layover. This lasted for only 1 month until I fully felt more independent and self-confident.
Most of the crew don’t go out. I’ve known crew being in a new place/city/country and they decide to stay-in. They always say “You’ll understand after 3 year of flying” in the other hand, I’ve also known crew that have being flying more than those people had and have told me “Always go out, explore and enjoy life. When the body can’t anymore it will tell you. I never stay -in” So, I guess is how you feel of taking this job. As for me, this is temporary, at the end it would be all memories. That’s when I decided to explore a country in which I’d never been before…alone. From the first time I grabbed a map and took control of my safety, directions and decisions and, had a good time alone. I noticed no one can’t stop me.
At this layover no one wanted to go out just to go shopping. If I, afraid of going alone to the places I wanted to visit, I’ll end up going shopping or doing nothing at the hotel. This is when you need to take a map and go out solo!
Shanghai is very challenging place to visit. Almost no one, or shall I say NO ONE speaks English. So if you don’t know Chinese be prepared. There’s no much of tourists, most of them where Asians…or all of them. The rest where business people. Okay so, first, I took a map and marked all the main interest I wanted to visit, which it was only like 3 of them. The concierge Continue reading
Last time I went to Sydney, I did a lot of things, plus I made a friend with one of the crew which he took me sightseeing almost everywhere. This time, although it was winter in Sydney, I decided to go to Bondi beach and also, the Vivid Light festival was in that same week! So I had the chance to experience the festival and to do something different in Sydney as well. I had such a good time with one of the girls. Bondi beach is beautiful and full of surfers, I went again to the Opera House but this time a sat at one of the nice restaurants with an amazing view, had pasta and a nice glass of red Italian’s wine. From there I watched the sunset and enjoyed the vivid light festival which the Opera House was one of the spots of the show. By the way if you ask yourself, What is exactly the festival about?
“Vivid Sydney is an 18-day festival of light, music and ideas. Vivid Light transforms Sydney into a wonderland of ‘light art’ sculptures, innovative light installations and grand-scale projections for all to enjoy – for free. It is a magical celebration of light-design excellence and the world’s largest outdoor ‘art-gallery’: a unique Vivid Sydney experience.”
I really enjoyed the festival, very crowded but nice environment, full of ideas, music and colors everywhere. You can check out the website for more information at > Vivid Sydney.com <
Now, let me share what I like most, PHOTOS! For some reason my best photos comes from Australia, specially Sydney. My friends and my boyfriend loved this album, the sky and light was pretty much in my favor but it was more of Sydney’s nature and sightseeing in which helps take nice pictures.
Like I said above, I spent most of the day at Bondi beach, and this is what my eyes saw…
Before posting my next adventures, I would like to announce that I’m officially an Emirates girl.
Yesterday was a long day starting from 8:30 am. First they take photos of each batch then they divide us in groups (of each batch) in which a leader from induction specialist group will have a chat with us. They ask us questions of how is flying, any situation on board and how we deal with it, what do we think of our leaders and how we keep motivated every single day. Each of us shared our opinions and experiences. Second, they weight us (I didn’t gain weight by the way 🙂 )and they do an “Image and Uniform check” which they verify our image and grooming, nails, hair, uniform ironed etc. In addition, our Cabin Crew managers came and did a chat and congratulated us as well.
Finally, at 2:30pm the Graduation Ceremony commence. My family wanted to come but since is Ramadan, everything is closed, no alcohol plus is too hot. It would be the first time for them in Dubai and if they come from Puerto Rico, they’ll stay at least for about 1 week and so, it’s not fair for them. I really want to enjoy Dubai with them, this time is not the right time for vacationing in Dubai. Therefore, I told them very sad to not come. My boyfriend was fulled of work and university and couldn’t come either.
All the guests arrived and I was waiting for the lobby for us to enter the auditorium. Suddenly glimpse at the entrace of the lobby, and on my friends was there standing. I was so happy! I jumped and gave him a big hug! Since he knew nobody from my family came, he wanted to support me and gave me a surprise! It was really nice from him because at one point I was feeling sad. I saw everyone with they parents and boyfriends..I was..just there. I wish my parents would had been there with me or my boyfriend. This friend of mine took me photos and videos which I happily send them to my family and they were so happy because they thought they wouldn’t see pictures nor photos since I was alone.
At the ceremony they called us by our names and in a big screen it showed our flags and names as well. We shake hands with our manager and take our certificates, which is folded as a Diploma from university, very cute. After the ceremony they had for us cakes, sandwiches, tea, coffee and a selection of juices. I really liked the ceremony, it felt like I was graduating from College again, very organized and pretty. This is the second time I graduated from a Aviation college and I must say, this one felt very special. After 2 months of training and 6 months overall of probation I finally Graduated and now I’m officially an Emirates Cabin Crew. I’m so proud of myself of getting this far and for working in such an world class airline.
The sky is the limit, but for some…the sky is our home!
This past month I was on reserve and I finished it with a lovely multisector, Bangkok-Sydney-Christchurch. The truth is that I had 4 days off and they gave me first a turn-around. I was really disappointed because they gave me a lot of days off for..a turn? So, I went to bed (at 3am standby) until next morning which was my next flight (the turn). At 5am I received I call from crew scheduling confirming my flight. I was sleeping and I knew my flight was no sooner than 10am. Suddenly she tells me; “..no. You have Bangkok-Sydney. We’ve changed your schedule.” The main thing I like this multisector is that I get to stay in Sydney 2 days and a half. I think you all know that one of my favorite cities is Sydney 🙂 . This is also my second time doing this multisector in less than 4 months. (See Bangkok first Operational).
I had only one hour to pack, shower and get ready to go to HQ (Head Quarters). I was the last one to arrived at the briefing room and the entire economy crew were females.. I’ve nothing against working with all females, however is always nice to have one or two male crew. It balances the environment, plus sometimes working with a lot of girls brings drama… Fortunately I made a good friend with a Greek girl, Christina, and spent the entire 8 day trip with her. The rest divided and made their own group (indeed). Same way I did my last post of Singapore-Brisbane which I divided, I’ll do the same way with this one. My first operational flight was this one as well and it’s in one of my first posts, however I visited some different landmarks which I will gladly share them with you. First stop is:
Since my first visit in Bangkok I did pretty much all sightseeing, this time I decided to visit 2 places, one was the Golden Buddha which I didn’t have time to visit the last I came to Bangkok. I expected something more, although is very amazing knowing that the Buddha is actually made of real gold from inside to outside. The landscape of the temple is beautiful, fulled of gold and bright colors. Problem is, it’s very crowded and it’s almost impossible to take pictures! Here is some: