It’s that time of the month again…roster day! It seems to roll around quicker every month, and we’re already over halfway through March, 2017 is definitely flying by!
Next month I’ll be starting with 10 days leave, and I won’t mention yet where we will be heading, but I will say there are some beaches involved! 🙂
After that my flights will be to:
- BOM – Bombay, India (turnaround)
- ZRH – Zurich, Switzerland
- MEL – Melbourne, Australia
- JED – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (turnaround)
- ZRH – Zurich, Switzerland
- MXP – Milan, Italy
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I was super excited when I saw Seattle on my roster, it was my first ever flight to the States with Emirates and a city that I absolutely fell in love with. It has a certain charm that just draws you in and I hadn’t visited in over 3 years, so was excited to head back for the 2nd time.
Flight time from Dubai was around 14,5 hours, a little bit shorter than my previous flight to Houston but still very long! Luckily despite a full cabin in First Class we weren’t kept too busy (and having an extra crew member in first on ultra long haul flights is always a bonus) and had a good few hours rest in the CRC.
Around halfway through the flight, we were greeted by some stunning views of beautiful white snowy peaks. Somewhere over Greenland, where most of the passengers were fast asleep oblivious to the natural beauty outside, I sat with my head as close to the window as possible and just thought to myself how lucky I really am, to be able to witness these incredible sights.
For our final full day in Myanmar we continued our theme of waking early, and enjoyed a leisurely breakfast before our driver arrived to pick us up from the hotel. We were off to Mount Popa, a volcano located 1518 metres above sea level, with numerous Nat temples and relics perched on top. The “Nats” are spirits that are worshiped in Myanmar in conjunction with Buddhism, and there are 37 “Great Nats”, most of which were supposedly human beings who met violent deaths.
The journey from Bagan to Mount Popa takes around an hour, although our driver added in a couple of stops along the way.
The first stop was to a small reservoir, where we stayed for a few minutes and saw the locals collecting water.
To be honest the water seemed very dirty, and I wouldn’t like to drink from it, but he did say they run it through a filtration system a few times before using it. Still, I would recommend using caution if drinking the tap water, as with most countries in Asia!
Our second day in Bagan started bright and early, in order to catch the infamous balloon-filled sunrise. Whilst researching what to do and see in Myanmar, this was by far the number one thing that kept popping up – climb to the top of a temple, watch the sunrise, and be awed by the hot air balloons that float through the sky above the 2000 temples over the plains of Bagan.
Kirsty and I had hired bikes the night before, so after our alarm went off at a very early hour and it was still pitch black outside, we set off hoping we’d end up at the right temple. With no street lights and just our paper map to guide us, we still managed to make it to the Bulethi Temple, which came highly recommended as a non-touristy temple, slightly off the beaten track so the big tour buses couldn’t reach it.
Our next stop after spending the day and evening in Yangon was to beautiful Bagan, an ancient city in the Mandalay region of Myanmar. During the 9th – 13th centuries, the city was the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan, and during the kingdom’s height over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were constructed in the Bagan plains.
There are 3 main ways to travel from Yangon to Bagan – plane, train, or bus. After much research and deliberation, Kirsty and I decided that plane would be the best option for us.
The train seems to take anywhere from 12 – 17 hours, and after having read quite a few interesting reports and reviews, that seemed a definite “no way” for us! Despite lots of gorgeous scenery along the way, the journey is mostly overnight in the dark, and from what it sounds like, very, very bumpy and rickety.
The next option was to take the overnight bus, which takes approximately 8-10 hours. Departing Yangon around 6pm, and arriving into Bagan at around 4am. This is a good economic option as the buses cost around 20 US Dollars and from the sound of it are much more comfortable than the train (although air-conditioning is blasted on high!).
However, since we wanted to spend the evening in Yangon and watch the sunset from the Shwedagon Pagoda, we decided to give the bus a miss. Kirsty being pregnant was also another decision-making factor, comfort is key after all.