When in Rome…

When I saw Rome in my roster I thought swapping it, then again, I haven’t been in Rome for a year ago so, Why not again? My first time was actually with my lovely boyfriend ❤ (That’s why I didn’t want to do it… to many memories of us in this city) It was my dream since I studied Ancient History and Rome History while I was doing my BA degree. I felt in love with their education, architectures, arts, culture, everything! I remember seating in a Human studies class and saying to my professor -‘Someday, I will visit Rome, and I’ll touch the Colosseum walls with my bare hands..’- It came true. First thing I saw was the Colosseum, my eyes almost cried, I couldn’t believe I was actually there. While I was standing doing the line for the entrance, I was literally touching its walls, I had goose pumps, I grabbed my boyfriends hand -‘I finally made it!’- saying to him while I was admiring and imagining me hundreds, thousands of years ago in that place.  Most people have their travel destinations to explore, to gain knowledge, to see someplace new. But, we all have that certain destination in which is more than just exploring or visiting. It’s something we most do before we die! We all have a list, let’s admit it. But we also have that special ONE that we keep in our hearts,  too cliché? I know but; Rome will always be Rome, ancient city that never gets old, city full of history, a city with memories of me and my boyfriend… a city that after a year it still gave me goose pumps, Mamma mia!

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My love and I in Rome, Feb 2014

Rome has so many, many, and many things to do. Thank God I visited and enjoyed the fullest before, as for a cabin crew you definitely have no time to explore. I mean you can visit the Colosseum, the line takes you ages. Then, you can walk around but you won’t have time to visit other point of interest, rather than just admiring from outside view. For instance the Vatican, (I cried too when I visit the Vatican for the first time by the way 😀 ) the line is normally outrages. I remember on my Holidays, I did an schedule with my boyfriend, we took a whole day just for the Vatican. So, as for a cabin crew you can just explore walking around but if it’s your forever dream as it was like mine: visiting Rome and enjoy its History by fullest in a layover, It’s a no-no. You need like at least a full week with no break to enjoy Rome. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed Rome. I must admit, It still gave me goose pumps when I saw the Colosseum. I loved visiting again the Vatican city, The Trevi Fountain was closed 😦 I was planning to have a snack and coffee right in front of it. Memories of me and boyfriend bloomed everywhere, in every each corner. I went walking with Continue reading

Swiss alpes! Zürich, Switzerland.

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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.

IMG_8824We 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

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Lion Park at Johannesburg

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

Emirates Graduation

Before posting my next adventures, I would like to announce that I’m officially an Emirates girl.

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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.

photo 5Finally, 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!

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Amazing Vienna, Austria

I loved this layover, honestly is one of the best and most beautiful cities I’ve visited so far. Vienna is an artistic city and most known of its beautiful Imperial palaces and museums. The first thing I did is to visit the Belvedere palace. The palace consists of two Baroque palaces, the Orangery, and the Palace Stabless in the country, also has this beautiful garden with maze. It is a must!

Here’s some photos of the beautiful Belvedere Palace and its garden view:

Beautiful artistic Belvedere palace:

Sneek peek Belvedere Palace from inside:

Also visited the Russian Liberation Monument:

Some photos across the beautiful city. You just enjoy walking through these beautiful architectures:



IMG_6440After we finished walking we decided to eat in a restaurant and while eating we remembered we didn’t get to see the cathedral! So since it’s walking distance from our hotel, we ate pretty fast and went straight to St. Stephens Cathedral. I’m so sad I didn’t get to see this beauty during the day, I didn’t have the tripod so it was a little uncomfortable to take pictures also. I also visited inside the cathedral, it is beautiful, the structures, the architecture, everything! If you ever go to Vienna, please go to St. Stephens Cathedral, I promise you won’t regret it!

Here’s some pictures of St.Stephens Cathedral:

After a whole day of walking and enjoying Vienna, of course everything comes to an end..Hopefully I’ll come and visit this beautiful city again.

Cheers,

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Alone I went

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So yesterday I decided to do some american junk food ‘grocery’ shopping at Waitrose Supermarket which is in Dubai mall, pretty far away from I live. But yet again, I had to. I took a cab only for the next station stop near my Hotel apartment and from there I guide myself with the metro maps, bought a 20 dirham metro card and off I went solo.

100_4381It took me more than an hour to get to the mall but it was worth it. I bought 3 bags of pork chops, REAL pork. The supermarket has a space for non-muslims.  I bought Pop-tarts, Oscar mayors hot dogs, ham, american butter, pancakes!! (not Aunt Jemima but at least is Betty Crocker), snack bars, Hot Pockets, BACON! well yes, I did a junk food shopping, very expensive but guess what? I don’t care! 3320822079_2cc70ebf32_zMy soul was craving for these kind of food! I was so tired of eating lamb and chicken and now finally I have pork chops! I am so not going to leave the kitchen now! Since I have Puertorican seasoning those pork chops are going to taste so good!! aaahh!! delicious!!

After the hilarious shopping, I went to eat at Macaroni and Grill. The service was terrible and I even lose my appetite for the dessert, that’s something that I’m going to write at Tripadvisor though.  The metro is very easy and there’s a space for women and children, so it’s less crowded and it feels more secure. I really don’t trust when people say that Dubai is safe, no criminals and so on. Safety for me its first. I’m living alone in a forever strange country, thus I have to take care of myself and not trust Dubai. Although the metro is pretty safe, I like to be careful and know my surroundings.

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Boyfriend visit Dubai

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On an entire week off duty, I decided to informed my boyfriend so if he could try to pay a visit. He managed to give away all of his shifts for that week in one day! I honestly didn’t imagine him to come and I couldn’t believe I was going to finally see the man of my life in 3 days. I washed and dry my hair straight, nice and smooth. Put on some nice make-up and his favorite vanilla coconut perfume. Went so excited to pick him up at the airport, I didn’t knew how I was going to react. After all, it’s been 4 months since the last time we saw each other.

IMG_5212I was at the Emirates arrivals, his flight already landed, everybody was disembarking but I couldn’t see him! So desperately I started to call him, he picks up “Hun..” and I was like crazy “Where are youuu? I can’t find you!…Can you hear me?”  While he responds to me very sweet and calm way -“I’m behind you, my love”.  That moment when I turned, my eyes started to bring tears of joy. I ran and jumped on him, I hugged him like it was no tomorrow. We both started to cry a little bit while staring at each other…  and so let our week journey begin.

First thing we did was, I took him to see the Burj Khalifa tower, then went to my favorite coffee shop in Dubai Mall, Angelina. Spent the sunset at Burj Al Arab, shopping at the souk, even took him to Emirates HQ so he can see the giants A380 taking off, we walked around the city and finally the Safari which he enjoyed so much. A whole week just with him. I even founded Dubai interesting for a moment. We only decided to stay-in one day, we just wanted to lay down, chat and eat. I’m so grateful to have this man as my boyfriend. Even though we’re facing a tough distance, he’s still beside me and supporting me. Everywhere he goes, he talks about me, he lives my success, he’s proud of me. He is my sustenance of everyday, my reason of not quitting when I feel so homesick. Everyday I walked into an aircraft is a less day left to see him one more time.

A man who loves you will never ask you quit your dreams, will always support you, ‘will live your pains and glories, IMG_5164he will never find distance, thus he’ll find challenges in the relationship but never resign, you’ll be his vow, you’ll be his reason, you’ll be his life. And when distance puts a challenge between the two, that’s when you find out how real the love is. As for my experience, I found my other half. We’re facing both a professional phase in which we physically can’t be together, but this is not a forever-ever chapter. I’ll keep making him proud as he makes me everyday. Can’t wait for my first annual leave vacation, visit you and be in your arms.

Long distance relationship is not meant for everyone…is for those who truly want to be together. If you both want, you both will, and will succeed.

This is how it is…a Flight Attendant relationship.

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Beautiful Sydney

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After a long way heading to Sydney, we finally arrived to Australia! Sydney has always been in my bucket list and when I arrived and walked through those beautiful streets with beautiful buildings, I just couldn’t believe that I was actually in Australia. We all stayed at Amora Hotel, I have to mention this hotel because I loved it. Very comfy and luxurious looking hotel with good customer service, and the location was perfect, and walking distance to all main point of interest.

IMG_4541First day, I took a shower following a one hour power nap and went off to one of the most popular places on earth; Sydney’s Opera House. On my way to the Opera’s House I passed by the Sydney Harbour Bridge, a very beautiful landmark construction -and-  remains the world’s largest steel arch bridge since 1932, impressive right? The best view of the Harbour Bridge is actually from the Circular Quay, which is a ferry terminal. From there you can enjoy the view of the bridge and the Opera House while the ferries and boats pass through the bridge. IMG_4433You can sit, relax and have a cup of coffee, or maybe a soft drink. People actually sit in the grass and just enjoy the view and the environment.  From there I walked to the Opera House, very crowded and everyone taking pictures on every spot, well, I did the same though. As for me, a Caribbean latina that is in front of the Sydney’s Opera..in the other side of the world literally, is just breath-taking. I only wished my boyfriend was there with me. After taking so many pictures of the beautiful Opera and enjoyed the view from that side, I walked to the Botanic Garden which is next to the Opera.

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The Royal Botanic Garden is a must. Full of green color, relaxing and quiet, perfect for couples too! The rose garden is also very beautiful, the garden is very big, I couldn’t manage to see it all in one piece but I enjoyed it as well. Later I ate in a Irish village near the hotel, and it was delicious!. After a long day of walking I went back to bed and slept until the next morning. We had a long turn flight to New Zealand, we arrived back in Sydney and this time I was so tired, I just decided to have dinner with one of the crew at the hotel’s restaurant, and went to sleep. Next Morning I went back to the Circular Quay with one of the crew, we took a ferry and went to Manly Beach. Manly beach is one of Sydney’s favorite beaches, Manly Beach has a casual atmosphere that feels a world away from the city yet is only 30 min ferry trip from Circular Quay. And by the way, the view on the way to and from Manly beach is amazing! Once I arrived I felt like home! beautiful beach, bikinis, sun and surfers. Manly is a great Sydney beach for the whole family. From the harbour foreshore, the palm-tree lined Manly Corso leads you to the Steyne promenade, where a number of surf clothing shops sell everything from surfboards to bikinis.

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Botanic Garden & Rose Garden

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After a long day of walking and exploring, I had dinner with a crew friend and went to sleep. Next morning I decided to go to the zoo to hopefully see some kangaroos and guess what? NADA, CERO, NONE! If you ever want to go to any kind of zoo in Sydney, don’t waste your time. Is better to go to Brisbane, there you can actually even pet the kangaroos. In Sydney you can only take a photo with a sleeping koala and..that’s about it. Overall, I loved Australia, very clean, people are nice, surfers, bikinis everywhere! Expensive but a wonderful city to live in indeed! Another destination marked out of my bucket list! Enjoy my photos!

View from the ferry, to Manly Beach:

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