It’s that time of the month again…my last roster of 2016! This year has just sped by, and I’ve almost completed my first month of working in first class.
Next month I’ve got plenty of European flights, perfect for visiting the Christmas markets and getting in the festive spirit. I’m just waiting for December 1st so I can put my Christmas tree up!
In December I’ll be flying off to these destinations:
- GVA (Geneva, Switzerland – my first time!)
- KBL (Kabul, Afghanistan)
- AMM (Amman, Jordan)
- ZRH (Zurich, Switzerland)
- MXP (Milan, Italy)
- DOH (Doha, Qatar)
- GVA (Geneva, Switzerland)
- Leave (Home for Christmas!)
- ZRH (Zurich, Switzerland)
I was surprised to see 3 turnarounds (Kabul, Amman & Doha) in next month’s roster, as that’s more than I usually get. They are short flights, although in Kabul we stay on ground for almost 4 hours so it’s a long day. Thankfully we now get paid for ground time during turnaround flights!
As you can see I’ll be a regular in Switzerland – I put it as a low bid and got 2 GVA and 2 ZRH, although not much else that I bid for!
The best part of my roster is 5 days leave over Christmas – it’s been 3 years since I had Christmas off!
I’m slowly getting used to working in first class, and enjoying the change. Hopefully it won’t be long before I fully know my way around the galley!
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We started off our Sunday morning with breakfast at a cafe we’d spotted the day before right by the water, called Brunch & Cake. A perfectly suited name for our leisurely morning!
The weather was on our side once again, and although the temperature was a bit chillier the sun was out and it was a lovely crisp Autumn morning.
All of the choices on offer at the cafe sounded really interesting, and the presentation of the dishes was just as pretty. Somehow they’d even managed to make the poached egg pink!
At the beginning of November my best friend Lucy and I decided to pop away somewhere for a few days to get some sunshine (her) and escape the heat (me). We chose Barcelona as it’s just a short plane journey away from the UK, where Lucy lives, and easily accessible for me from Dubai, although a slightly longer flight at around 7 hours!
We timed our flights nicely so that we landed at almost the same time, and Lucy was waiting in the arrivals area for me. We jumped on the Aerobus which took us straight to Placa de Catalunya, in the centre of Barcelona, and from there we walked a short distance to our gorgeous AirBnB in the Born district.
We worked out that the last time we saw each other was in February, so we were most definitely in need of a catch up!
After dropping our bags we headed straight back out to enjoy the gorgeous weather. The sun was out and it was time to explore!
My first flight working in first class took me to Entebbe, Uganda. A new destination for me, and a short flight at just under 5 hours.
The flight went quickly and I’m still getting used to where everything is located in the galley, especially on the 777, which I don’t fly as much. Hopefully it won’t take too long before I know where everything is without having to ask!
Once we landed into Entebbe, our journey to the hotel took quite a while. Although google maps showed the distance as being only 18 miles, due to the terrible traffic and bad condition of the road, it took us over an hour and a half to reach the hotel!
Luckily the scenery was interesting – as well as luscious green fields and trees, we passed market stalls selling all sorts of things, from bed frames to live chickens!
Once we checked in to our rooms and arranged a time to meet for dinner, I settled on to my balcony to relax to this view.
As much as I love to keep my blog positive and only post about the fun things I get up to either in Dubai or on my layovers, the reality is that I don’t actually spend every layover out and about, exploring the city or surrounding areas.
And that’s perfectly ok! I think I would be totally burned out if I never rested and made sure to get a proper night’s sleep or spend some of my layovers just lounging in bed.
I would love to keep you all believing that this is the most glamorous job in the world, but that isn’t always the case I’m afraid! Now, of course we all know that sometimes it really is amazing – breakfast in Dubai, lunch in Milan, and dinner in New York. But on other days, the reality hits you and I don’t want to portray a false illusion here.