All started one week or so before my second leave. I had some pre-menstrual symptoms two days before my Washington DC flight: Sore breasts and abdominal pain. I took some Advil Liquid Gels and rested the entire day before my long haul flight. I remember this flight as for it was an awful one. The Economy SFS/Senior Cabin Crew (which now so-called “Cabin Supervisors”) was arrogant, no personality and no communication towards the crew, above that, it constantly felt like a harassment from him in our duty time or any time in the flight, following us and giving us tasks when the flight was so light, which was a major factor on a ridiculous 15 hour flight. I made a friend with an American crew, we made ‘american jokes’ jokes that Eastern peeps wouldn’t understand… or even South Americans (sorry, no offense!). She used to replied “Oh, is a USA thang… nevermind you!” to crew that tried to peek-in in our conversations and jokes… at the end they never understood. She made this flight full of laughs, despite of our SFS though.
The flight suddenly became tiresome for me. The first service I couldn’t bare to give out the hot meals, I was so slow and felt double weight when pushing the carts. The second service I just couldn’t do it. I was double ending with the American girl (which is pushing same cart and serving food with another crew), and I couldn’t stand the smell of the hot meals, it was disgusting. At some point I had to stop doing the service, I had a low-sugar scene. I started to sweat like hell, I had no energy to walk nor stand and dizziness. I sat at the L5 jumpseat (last door of the aircfrat, left side) took off my jacket and wanted to puke. The girl grabbed some water for me and almost the oxygen bottle, I was so embarrassed. The SFS pulled me out of service and monitored me the next 2 hours. Everyone encouraged me to eat, I couldn’t, the meal was disgusting for me, the smell, everything. Suddenly I was falling asleep in the aft galley, my eyes were red, and wanting a bed so bad until I heard “Kirsy, is your break time, get some rest”. I ran quickly upstairs to the CRC and Continue reading
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague; one of the most beautiful cities of the world and I had the pleasure of finally visiting it, twice! Before I commence sharing my journey, I would like to dedicate this post to Renata from Czech Republic, Thank you so much for having the initiative of inviting me to walk around your city, it was more than a pleasure. Your wings will be spread soon, I’ll see you in the sky!
The flight was extremely exhausting. Prague peeps like to drink and a lot, thus the entire flight was very busy. We arrived at almost 1pm of the afternoon really tired. I arrived at the hotel with my eyes rolling back. Yet, I managed to text back to this wonderful girl who follows me on my blog. She wrote me, inviting me to walk around the city and to meet me. I don’t tend to do this, in both ways it could be dangerous. I mean, I could be ‘someone else’ or she could have been some ‘guy with bad intentions’ however, she gave me a trust feeling and also we were going to meet at the same hotel I was staying, so It was pretty safe. I told my mom and boyfriend and went down straight to the lobby. She was already waiting for me, she was very lovely and beautiful. We start with a laugh realizing I forgot to bring boots, it was winter already and I had sandals! Jesus Christ! We took the subway and arrived to the city where all the shops where at. It took me more than 2 hours to find a pair of boots, not to expensive and that I really liked it. Thank You Renata for being so patient.
While we’re walking, we talked about my experiences in Emirates, good and bad, she asked me about how’s living in Dubai, my new roommate, and more about the dislikes (pros and cons). She told me she wanted to join Emirates after finishing her MA, which I think is a Continue reading
I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve been in Malta. Honestly at first, I didn’t had that much of interest visiting it. Ignorance is so bold, I know. My mom was so thrilled when she saw my roster by then -“Malta is delightful! You are going to love it!”-She was so convinced that I was going to change my mind once I land at Malta. This was some 2 roster behind though, I had it twice and then…I remember I had some other layovers which I didn’t like, and I managed to swap it for Malta instead. Next thing I knew, I was hooked with this Island! I was waiting for some time to gather all the things and photos, and write it all in one post. The island is very small, I find it so relaxing! Although Maltese’s like to hang out a lot, they’re very happy people, the city is always shinning of bright lights, restaurants full of people, the streets are always crowded in a way that you won’t feel insecure of wandering around solo. In addition, wherever you go, the Islands’ scenery and architecture provide a spectacular backdrop. A very friend of my dearest boyfriend send me an inbox with pictures of an article from National Geographic Traveler. It stated how amazing can be visiting the island and it also mentioned the top places to visit along with the top nice restaurants and hotels. So, even that I had this layover several times on my rosters, I was looking forward to do something different on each layover, or at least enjoy a different restaurant.
My first time visiting Malta I went with a nice Italian girl to Valletta. I always arrived with my eyes at the back of my head and almost crawling… But once I glimpse the beautiful blue Mediterranean beaches, the weather, the honey-coloured stones and its fascinating architecture that brings history back to life, yes. I’m all awake again. Valletta is like half an hour or a litle bit ore from where I was staying, which was at St.Julians. It is abundantly rich in sites to see and explore, intriguing historical buildings around every corner: votive statues, niches, fountains and narrow side streets are full of tiny quaint shops and cafés. Here is some lost shots of Valletta “A city built by gentlemen for gentlemen“: Continue reading
People have been asking me to share my monthly rosters to spice up my blog. I think is a good idea, it gives you a heads up of where I’ll be traveling to, plus you’ll get an example from me of how Main Fleet roster looks like (layover mixed with turnarounds). As for Mainfleeters, our rosters are pretty mixed, sometimes yes, we get a whole month of full turnarounds and of course we also get a whole month of only layovers. I only complain when they give me: ‘ 3 to 4 flights back to back-one day off-3 to 4 flights back to back again’ it’s exhausting! I’ve seen 5 to 7 turnarounds back to back! I don’t know how crew scheduling think this is normal… Anyhow, October is my top bid, therefore I bid and prayed to finally have at least one flight I bid for. Incredibly I got everything! I bid for Prague, is one of my top cities to visit and also Phuket. I have both flights twice for Oct month. I bid also for 4 days off to extend my leave, I got it yeii! The only flight I didn’t get was MCO (Orlando, FL) but is okay, I’m going home on my leave anyways. As always they gave me turnarounds but only two and very short, can’t complain. This is my roster table for October:
- MCT (Muscat turnaround)
- PRG (Czech Republic layover)
- PRG (Czech Republic layover) again
- LEAVE (12 days)
- +4 days off extra
- MCT (Muscat turnaround)
- HKT (Phuket layover)
- HKT (Phuket layover) again
This month because of my leave and days off, I don’t have that much of flying hours. However, It’s been 10 months I haven’t seen my parents, pets, friends…my island etc. Forget about flying hours, time is precious when it comes to quality time with your loved ones. This will be my first ever leave since I moved to Dubai and I’m freaking excited! I’m planning to still post while i’m at Puerto Rico and to introduce my island for those whom never been to the enchanted island 🙂 . Really looking forward to post pictures of our beautiful beaches and sightseeing and of course sharing my vacations with all of you.
Hamburg is harbor city, its port is the third largest in the world, after London and New York. It’s also famous for exclusive shopping, classic vintage architecture, local beers, food and more. The weather is not always nice, mostly raining. For my luck, I had a beautiful day with blue sky in my first day at Hamburg, Germany. I was so thrilled to work this flight because I’d always wanted to visit Germany. Most of the crew loves Munich and Hamburg because of the classic city and views both have, not to mention that Germans flights are so easy. Meaning, they’re nice people, no complains, and these flights are never fully booked or over booked. It departs very early in the morning so most of them are sleeping and on the way back the flight departs at 4:30pm so they’re also sleeping. No busy flight whatsoever. I met a crew on this flight from Venezuela very new in the company, he was so nice as well the entire economy crew. We arrange to meet up at the lobby to go out for dinner and a walk. One super nice girl from Germany (Munich) went with us, as well of other 2 crew from Economy and one from First Class which she was so lovely as well. Is very rare to hangout or even chat with first class crew, but she was an exception ❤ . We walked, enjoyed the weather, it was pretty cold but I LOVED IT. Maybe because I’m used and tired of Dubai’s horrible hot weather that when I feel a little bit chilly, I just enjoy every minute of it. Everyone were wearing scarves, big warm jackets and well me, yes I was wearing leggings, boots and a long sweater…and an open jacket. Actually, I didn’t use the Continue reading
Ahh!! a United Kingdom flight, delightful. Most of crew run away from UK flights. Apparently they’re extremely busy with no time to have a rest. I had a Manchester and to be honest I wasn’t thrilled to work that flight, not even for the layover. So I swap it for lovely Malta (post coming up next). After Malta I had this one, London Gatewick which most people encourage me to work it since is a nice layover. The flight duration was 6 hours with some 30 mins or so. It departed at 3am so passengers were all sleeping, very easy flight but challenging to maintain awake. We stayed at a small hotel near the airport and next to the train station. We arrived at maybe 8am at the hotel, I checked in and asked someone in reception to explain me how to get to the city by train when suddenly, one of the girls from our crew was asking another crew how to get to the station. “Are you going to the city?” I asked her. “Yes” -she replied. “Well I’m going as well, if you like we can go together..” I respond to her. She immediately said yes and we arranged to meet an hour at the lobby. We took a shower, met at the lobby, had some coffee and went to the station which it was literally at the back of the hotel. We started asking for directions and it took like only 20 mins to get to the city. The first stop was exactly in front of the Big Ben. We kept walking and took a ride at the London Eye which we experienced a lovely view of London city and the Palace of Westminster as well. We ate at a restaurant near called “Giraffe” (hamburgers, sandwiches, etc) and from there we took the subway and went to see the famous Tower bridge more known as the London bridge, which I found out the actual London bridge it’s another one. The Tower bridge is beautiful, such an old classic architecture that has maintain itself since 1894. The bridge and the entire city is clean, the transportation is very convenient. Nothing is near, meaning the points of interests as a tourist. So, you need to take train and subway to get to all the sightseeing, museums, London bridge, Harry Potter studios or to the Buckingham Palace, etc. However, the public transportation as I have noted, is very convenient and not that difficult once you get the hang of it, there’s always people to Continue reading
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: