Sorry it’s taken me so long to finally write a new blog post, I’ve been so busy with induction week and getting everything sorted out, and at the moment I don’t have wifi in my apartment so I’m in an internet cafe around the corner from our apartment block!

I’ll start off with what happened after my last blog post at Vienna airport. I boarded the plane and once we had taken off one of the stewards came and brought me a glass of champagne! It was such a lovely touch and made me feel so welcome! After the meal they also came and got me and showed me around the plane, even taking me up to business and first class, which is just absolutely amazing! I definitely need to find a man who can afford to buy first class tickets, haha!
Once we had arrived in DXB I was met by the Marhaba meet and greet service and met up with all the other people who were waiting to go through together. I got chatting to some of the other girls and also found my flatmate Naomi, who is really lovely! After going through immigration and getting everything sorted out, we were taken to our apartments. Ours is huge! We have a nice kitchen, huge hall, and a really big living/dining room area with two big sofas and a big table and chairs. We both have our own bedrooms (massive comfy beds!) and a shared bathroom and another toilet, so plenty of space!

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On Saturday we spent the day unpacking and getting some food shopping done. We were provided with a “starter pack” which had some food in but we needed to get some staples as well. We have a “small” mall about 10 minutes walk away called the Sahara Mall (which we have now found out is actually in Sharjah, one of the other emirates!) where we bought a few things like an iron, kettle, coat hangers and that kind of thing.

Sunday was our first day of induction. 6:30am pick up, which meant getting up at 5 to get our full face of make-up on, hair all done up in a bun and down outside the apartment at 6:15 to make sure we get on the bus. We are the first stop though so even if gets really full we can get on. We had lots of introduction talks, filling out forms and that kind of thing, and were finally home sometime around 5 or 6pm!

Monday and Tuesday were still both induction days spent in the Headquartes, and we also got our medicals done. All sorts of things like blood tests, height and weight, eye tests, etc. We still had the 6:30am pick-ups, but were finished aournd 3 or 3:30.

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Wednesday was our first day in the training college (as opposed to Headquarters), and when we got there and saw the airplane shaped building it finally felt real! I still can’t believe that I’m actualy living the dream and being paid to travel the world!

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We finished early on Wednesday so another girl who is in our group called Michelle, who is so lovely and I get on really well with, and I decided to go to the Dubai Mall!! As we had been quite busy we hadn’t really had a chance to actually go into the centre of Dubai yet, and so this was pretty exciting for us! Once we were there we just couldn’t stop staring at the skyscrapers and amazing buildings, and inside the mall we were not dissapointed! The aquarium is so huge, we can’t wait to come back and walk through the tunnel. We shopped around  bit and got some candles for our apartments, and had some dinner. In the evening we then went just outside the mall to the Dubai Fountain, and watched the amazing light and water show! It was so good and we both felt quite emotional watching it!

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Thursday was another full day at training college, and as Friday and Saturday is the weekend here we all (literally pretty much the whole group, about 90 pepople) decided to go out. We went to a place called Barasti, which is a beach club/bus/restaurant. It was so much fun and we had such a good night!

Today has been spent catching up on sleep (yes, I slept til 4pm and feel no shame) and getting something to eat!

Sorry about the long post, but I am having an amazing time so far and not regretting coming here at all! Best decision of my life!

Right now I’m sitting in Vienna airport just near my gate. My flight is meant to leave at 14:35 but had been delayed til 15:15 so I’m having a coffee, way too nervous to eat right now!

Luckily I got to the airport with plenty of time to spare, and checked in quickly. The lady at the desk didn’t seem to mind that I was 7kg over my 50kg limit (could have been expensive otherwise!!), and she even gave me a window seat in the exit row, which is perfect as I’ll have lots of leg room and (hopefully) an amazing view of Dubai by night when we land!

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My next post really will be from Dubai! 🙂

With only 3 days to go now (actually only 2 full days as I will be leaving early Friday morning) I definitely needed to make the most of my last weekend at home. A couple of weeks ago I decided to organise a little leaving party, and told my best friend Lucy about it. She lives in England, so she checked Ryanair flights and believe it or not booked them a few minutes later, for less than 40 Euros return! So this Saturday I drove to the airport (one thing I’m not going to miss – driving on snowy and icy roads!) and picked her up. In the evening a group of friends came round and we cooked Mexican food, and then all went out into town, where a whole load of other friends came and met us.
We had such a good night out and it was definitely a great way to say bye to all of my friends!

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The next day (surprisingly we weren’t as hungover as we were expecting to be!!) my mum drove us up to a place called Magdalensberg for a late lunch. There is an amazing restaurant/guesthouse on the top of this hill, which serves traditional Austrian food and is all family run. It was the perfect day to go up, as although it was pretty chilly the sun was out and there was a beautiful clear sky. 
As we were having our meal the sun was setting, we even went out between courses to take pictures of the sunset! 

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On Monday we decided to do some shopping! We wondered round the Christmas Market in my town, but it was too cold to stay outside for long. Both of us managed not to buy too much in the shops, I have been having to restrain myself from buying winter clothes by thinking about Dubai every time I see something I want!

In the evening one of my good friends from work arranged to go for drinks, and when we got there a whole group of others from work had come, which was a lovely surprise! They also got me a book called “1000 Places to see before you die” – I’m hoping my new job will help me do that!

Yesterday evening and this morning Lucy helped me sort out my clothes – 1 pile to take with me, 1 pile to give to charity and 1 pile to keep but not take with me. Somehow I have a feeling I’ll never wear the “keep but don’t take with me” pile again, but I can’t justify getting rid of over half of my wardrobe! I don’t even want to know how many pairs of shoes were thrown away!

This evening after taking Lucy back to the airport, I started on the packing. I honestly have no idea how I am going to fit everything in! I’m allowed 50kg, plus hand luggage. One of my suitcases is already over half full and pretty much all it has in is shoes and underwear! 
Here’s a picture of me squeezing into one of my suitcases!
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Well, this was quite a long post! The next time I write anything will probably be from Dubai! Only 2 full days left, when did this even happen! I’m so nervous and excited at the same time – it’s crazy!

This morning I logged into the airline’s website, and could finally click on the button that says E-Ticket and E-Visa! Very exciting, as you just couldn’t click on it before. So I downloaded and printed out my ticket and visa; I’m leaving next Friday (14th Dec) at 14:35 and arrive in Dubai at 22:55. I’ll be met by their meet and greet service and taken through immigration/ passport control, where I also have to show my employment visa.

It’s getting more and more real every day! Only 9 days left! 😀

This morning I woke up and the first thing I saw when I looked out of the window was SNOW!

Normally, I am not a winter person. At all. Hence the big move to Dubai, where it is pretty much warm and sunny all year round. However, all of a sudden everyone has been getting excited about Christmas, winter, skiing, etc etc, so I was kind of secretly hoping to see some snow before I moved. And now it has snowed! 

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This is what my garden looked like first thing this morning! It’s actually still snowing pretty heavily so there is probably a quite bit more on the ground now!