24 hrs in Stockholm, S W E D E N.

I was pretty happy when I knew that I was going to Sweden. To be honest, any part of the ‘other side of the world’ is new for me. I’ll take anything and explore anywhere, everywhere. Most crew don’t find Sweden interesting, as for me it was very beautiful and cheap. The people were very nice and the weather, always cold. We arrived at 11am, I changed and went out for a walk and shopping with another girl. Most of the crew did not join because it was too cold. They also said I have the energy of  a ‘rookie’ and ‘newbie’ of going out without a rest. While I’m visiting a new city or country I will not rest, jetlag are for rookies. Maybe if I visit the same city more than twice, maybeeee who knows, I’ll rest a bit. I prefer enjoying life for a change.  Anyhow, I only had a day to explore Stockholm, so I decided no rest, change and go. Why not?

We stayed at the Sheraton hotel which was walking distance of  Gamla Stan, is an old town in Stockholm. Is an original city centre and consists of Stadsholmen island and the islets of Riddarholmen, Helgeandsholmen and Strömsborg. The Old Town dates from the 13th century but most buildings are from the 17- and 1800s with beautiful German architecture. I just walked, and walked and shopped! I hope next time I’ll visit some other point f interest, because I spent all day shopping while admiring their beautiful architectures. Stockholm has a lot of interesting museums but, I’m a person who can stay all day at the museum and decided to just walk and sight-seeing.

city centre in Stockholm, Sweden.

After  I explored Stockholm I arrived at the hotel at 7:00PM, took a long and warm bat. Went to sleep happy and greatful of how I enjoyed my layover. Hope you enjoy my photos as well!

 

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Hello Bangkok!

Just arrived from my 8 day trip and I have one word to describe it..AWESOME!

First stop is Bangkok, Thailand.

I’m so lucky to have my first operational flight as a 8 day trip with an awesome crew. The purser was amazing, hard-working and cheerful. The crew were very nice indeed, very helpful and caring. I made friends instantly on the first layover in Bangkok, Thailand. We went to have dinner and for some drinks in a social pub spot. We laugh all night and even went to striptease where Asians performed stunts..oh my god I cannot believe I just shared that! Well, we all laugh and had a great time that night though!  On the second day I went sight-seeing, visit the Wat Pho which is a Buddhist temple, the famous Wat Arun  (Temple of Dawn) which is also a Buddhist temple andbuilt in the early nineteenth century during the reign king. Both have such an amazing and beautiful architecture. Also the Grand Palace, beautiful view indeed.

Octopuses/seafood on the grill
Octopuses/seafood on the grill

I personally encourage everyone to not only enjoy the art and history of Thailand, also try their food. Try all the weirdest plates, explore tastes, explore their markets, their people, their culture. I’ve never eaten a fried banana haha! until I visit Bangkok, their fruits are fresh, and oh jesus, the octopus! any kind of fresh octopus lying on the grill! I don’t like sea food, ew. But, my friend made me tasted it and it was delicious! I also tried the scorpion. It was disgusting. It didn’t taste that bad but the feeling of chewing and splitting the little legs and tail..oh well.

The structures of ancient architecture are amazing, I enjoyed every bid of it, it’s just beautiful! The people are very nice and kind. Also, I had my first Thai massage with hot oil (90min) so relaxing…In fact the massages in Bangkok are very famous because of the ‘extra’ service they provide, I went to a professional one though. Moreover, Bangkok is pretty cheap, you can go shopping and buy lots and lots of stuff in low costs. Don’t take taxi, take the little car they have that goes around pretty fast and you can gamble the fares. I still missed some point of interest, maybe next time I’ll visit them. For now, enjoy the photos I took. Enjoy some of Bangkok!

Wat Pho:

Wat Arun:

Landscapes:

Around Bangkok:

 

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First Roster!

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As you all might know I’m main fleet, that is I only fly with B777, A330 and A340. As for main fleet we most likely get more turnarounds than layovers.

Turns= An aircraft terminating a flight and subsequently originating another flight following a complete change of load.

Layover= A period of rest (minimum 24hrs) in the destination.

My schedule will be the following:

  • Doha, Qatar (turn)
  • Mumbai, India (turn)

and 8 days flying to:

  • Bangkok, Thailand (24hrs layover)
  • Sydney, Australia (24hrs layover)
  • Christchurch, New Zealand (turn to Sydney again)
  • Sydney, Australia (48 hrs layover)
  • Bangkok, Thailand (24hrs layover)

People say to me that i’m actually lucky to have the 8 days trip since i’m main fleet. I already did my Doha Flight, too short indeed! I felt lost and useless. By the time I started helping setting the carts, my colleagues had already finished preparing it. The purser was from Spain, so we even had a little chat before the flight in Spanish and even told me she have never met a Puerto Rican working for Emirates before. Fun fact, there’s only 2 cabin crew from Puerto Rico, including me. The crew was fine, only one SFS did not like the fact I was completely new in a turn flight. “Nobody likes to be asked…this flight is too short for a Supi flight” this is when caring should be mandatory. We started from the beginning, and I know sometimes is annoying, but always help your colleagues, make them feel comfortable. I don’t even get how these kind of people have been working for so long in this industry and not had developed patience…yet.

Anyhow, had a blast with the flight crew. I seated in the flight deck for take off and landing and chat with them. They brief me and explain me the actions of the buttons, maps and directions. First time that I got to see the whole process and I loved it. The way of conducting the service is way different than in training. In reality is communicating short words with customers, and work fast, fast, fast. Let’s see how Mumbai will be..they say is not a so easy one though.

For now, I can’t really say that I like my job, still. Maybe after I month of taste I might know if I either like or not. Let’s just hope for the best. By the way, that’s me in the photos (: and of course with my flag representing my island, Puerto Rico.

Expectations…and Reality.

Training is tough and stressful, and SEP was the toughest one. In SEP it’s all about aircrafts and basic aeronautics, diagrams, emergencies procedures, assessments and home based assignments everyday plus computer tests with 50 questions. The best part of SEP is actually the last day of the course. We get to jump and slide through the raft, and use the PBE (Portable Breathing equipment).

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GMT (Group Medical Training) you’ll learn how to do CPR, deliver babies, how to use basic medical equipment, sign diseases, etc. By this time the whole batch is more close and more like a family. After GMT comes Safety/Security, that section was fun though. They teach you how to defend yourself and how to restrain customers, there’s a short section when they teach the different types of guns and bombs. Also a full section of restraining and defending practice with your colleagues! And finally comes then the Service course.

Now, I want to share this coming up experience with you so you’ll learn that not all is ‘peaches and cream’. For some it’s easy, for others…not that easy.  In SEP phase 3 colleagues did not make the cut and they were send to another batch with 1 and 2 weeks behind. Myself had to repeat the first SEP test because I was so nervous I couldn’t even read and my mind got blanked!  On the door assessments some had to repeated the next morning and so on… Now bear with me, the last and final course which is Service were 12 days of training. We had 2 computer tests, 1 written, 2 assessments and 3 practical tests.  I was struggling with the bar service. Yes, I know, pathetic. Probably because I don’t drink that much…or nothing at all! (just Corona haha!) It did felt difficult for me, like knowing the mixers and stuff. Plus I got to nervous practicing in the simulator and went too shy. My first 2 practical exams were horrible but then in my last and third exam I did better, or I thought I did. We finished the test and the instructors congratulated us for completing the final stage and becoming cabin crews. The next morning we arrived at college to received our licenses and having some fly preparations orientations. But, the instructors had this wonderful idea of giving me the news that same last day to notify me that I did not meet the competencies to complete the service course.  I was so disappointed of me and the way they decided to fail me in last-minute. Who fails service? Just the 1% , I am that 1% my loves. I’ve been moved to another batch and started again the service course for the next 2 weeks while my friends are already flying. It’s sad and frustrating but I tried it again and whala! . The first 3 days to be honest I was upset, later on I just began to demonstrate myself that I have the knowledge and skills for this job, I mean, that is why they selected me, right? I helped my colleges, I went as galley operator, I did very good in the bar service and my profile was perfect! Even my instructors said to me “I don’t know why you failed, you know this and you’re great!”. Well, I wasn’t that confident in the beginning and I didn’t believe in myself. I just got frustrated thinking I wasn’t able to make it rather than just focus and work it out.

Finally, I passed and now is to work and have fun. Prepare always for the worst and try to be motivated always, sometimes we expect the best but we might have some bad experience and it’s up to you to either work it out or give up. I would love to start blogging again more often, it has been very stressful with no spare time to write. In the meantime,  please do enjoy the photos!

See you in the skies!

 

 

 

 

Joining Formalities

..and litle bit of my life status

After the final interview you noticed that applying for this job either you’ll learn how to be patient or simply/completely lose your mind! The waiting is horrible and you get obsessed by checking your application status every hour! Even though you know the working hours in Dubai, you constantly check your application! You just have that faith and curiosity of maybe, just maybe the status have changed.

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The waiting is 4 weeks, you can either have the succesful Golden Call or be rejected at the end of the period time, although there’s been some cases when they’ve called people after the 4 weeks. But at this moment they’re going pretty fast, they’re doing interviews around the world, calling and scheduling for the joining process as well.

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