The beginning of a new phase.

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

Amazing Phuket

Hello everyone! I would like first to apologize for the lack of post, as I promised I was going to even write about my first leave back at home but unfortunately some situations came by and I was unable to write often as I was doing. I promise to keep you update of what’s going to happen now in my new journey, yes, I might leave my wonderful ‘Emirates’ experience soon. Some details will be posted very shortly, for now let’s enjoy my Phuket gallery!

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My very last layover in which I bid for it and got it twice, was Phuket. I was indeed very excited to work this flight, although I was pretty down and sad. Phuket flight was right after my first leave, therefore I was (or I think I was) a little depressed of leaving home, again. I thought of resigning, I started to search for a new job, I was constantly crying over night. I asked a friend who’s been working for Emirates some years as Cabin Crew Supervisor “When this feeling will go away?” he replied- “It would never go away..” I decided to put a side the ‘feelings’ and just work and enjoy my job on these following layovers. Phuket helped me Continue reading

Liebster Award

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Liebster Award

FlyHigh~ has been nominated for the Liebster Award!

What is the Liebster Award?

Liebster Award is a way to recognize new bloggers in the blogosphere. Nominations are done by other bloggers who have read and enjoyed these new blogs.

With that said, thank you to The Part Time Traveller for nominating me for the Liebster Award! I am flattered and honored! Please visit Sodas’ website for more tips of nice and cheap hotels, great cultural experiences and her journey around the world!

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The City of a Hundred Spires

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

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

October Roster

October Roster

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.

Cheers!

A walk in Hamburg

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

A quick view of London~

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

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!

Kirsy