I’ve just got back from a very festive trip to Munich. For once I was happy when I saw MUC on my roster as I knew December would be the perfect time to visit the Christmas market!
The flight over was nice and easy, with most of our passengers sleeping through the flight, having connected from Australia or Asia.
We arrived into Munich around lunchtime, and I messaged my brother Matt, who lives there, to let him know I’d arrived at the hotel. He set off to come and meet me, and after a quick shower and change I was ready to go. Matt arrived at my hotel and we were ready to hit the markets!
It’s that time of the month again…my December roster has been published! It was my “bottom bid” this month, so I wasn’t expecting too much.
In fact I really should be studying for my upcoming exams but instead I’m procrastinating and writing my blog!
In December I’ll be heading to:
- ATH (Athens turnaround – a very long day!)
- SEP (2 full days of Safety & Emergency procedures – my yearly exams)
- BOM (Bombay turnaround)
- MUC (Munich – can’t wait for the Christmas market!)
- MAN (I was rostered Jakarta originally, but swapped for Manchester to get some Christmas shopping done!)
- 5 days leave (just before Christmas, plus a few days off before my leave officially starts)
- CPH (Copenhagen – on Christmas Day, which I am desperately trying to swap!!)
- HKG (Hong Kong)
So a couple of turnarounds, and a few of the usual destinations. Munich should be lovely this time of year, I’m hoping for some snow. As my brother Matt lives there (and he does;t have university on the day I’m there) we’ll go to see the Christmas markets which should be very pretty.
I will most likely be heading to Mauritius on my leave (again!) and am sending hundreds of swaps to get rid of my Copenhagen so I can at least have Christmas Day off….I’ll keep you posted!
For now, it’s back to the books, wish me luck in my exams! 🙂
EDIT: Within about half an hour of posting this, someone accepted one of my many swaps!
Instead of heading to Copenhagen and Hong Kong, I’ll now be doing a quick KWI (Kuwait turnaround) which gives me Christmas off, and then heading to ALG (Algiers) for a 48 hour layover. I’d love any tips, as it will be my first time there! 🙂
My November roster has been published, and it was my “top bid”, which means my group is the highest in seniority for bidding.
We did have a new bidding system roll into place this month, so I think that may be why I didn’t get everything I bid for!
In November (which by the way – where has this year gone?!) I’ll be heading to:
- VIE (Vienna – originally I was rostered Manchester but someone sent me a swap for Vienna, of course I accepted straight away!)
- 6 days off (to attend a wedding of friends in Mauritius, yay!)
- AMS (Amsterdam)
- LGW (London Gatwick)
- PVG (Shanghai)
- HKG (Hong Kong)
- HKG (Hong Kong)
These are all subject to change as I may get sent some swaps or send some myself, I’ll keep you updated!
I did also bid for Orlando and Bologna, but all of the above flights are A380 flights (except Vienna) so it looks like the rostering system didn’t want to give me any 777. Shame, would have been nice to see some new destinations!
I bid for HKG to go and see my ex-flatmate Kirsty who lives there now, so I’m very excited to finally be able to catch up with her as I haven’t seen her since her wedding in August!
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I was lucky enough to finally be rostered another flight to Mauritius! It had been over a year since I last visited and I was so happy to get the chance to re-visit the beautiful island I fell in love with last time.
The flight was nice and easy, busy but not too long. After around 6 hours we arrived in MRU just as the sun was setting. It was already dark by the time we arrived at the hotel but I could still see the pool and ocean glistening from the lobby!
The hotel does a great dinner buffet, so we sat down to some delicious Mauritian food and had a relaxing evening.
The hotel is actually more of a resort and some of the rooms are spread out pretty far, you can even get a lift on a golf buggy if the walk is too much for you!
My room had a beautiful view of the ocean and all the lovely palm trees. It was the best feeling waking up on the first day of my birthday month and being greeted by the sound of waves crashing and the breeze blowing through the trees!
My roster for October has just been published, and although it’s my 2nd top bid I didn’t really get anything I asked for! I think that’s because as well as having 5 days leave I’m also scheduled for my visa renewal. I can’t believe how quickly that’s come around, sometimes it feels like I’ve only just joined!
I’ll be starting the month off with my Mauritius flight, which technically was from my September roster.
Then comes my birthday, and as of yet I still have no plans! Next up is:
- KHI (Karachi turnaround)
- KWI (Kuwait turnaround)
- MAN (Manchester layover)
- Leave (5 days, plus a couple of days off either side)
- DME (Moscow layover)
- IKA (Tehran turnaround)
- DAC (Dhaka layover)
- Visa Renewal
- Can-Use (this is basically stand-by, if my visa renewal takes longer I’ll be in Dubai, if not I’ll most likely get rostered a flight).
Now, funny story for those last 3 flights. I was actually rostered a San Fransisco flight, but I’m not a massive fan of US flights so I put it up on swap shop to see if anybody had any good offers.
However, during my flight to Singapore one of the guys was asking around if anybody had any days off (which I did, 5 in a row right after my leave) and was desperate to take them. I wouldn’t normally give away my days off (understandably) but he was offering 2500 DHS (which is equivalent to just over 600 Euros!!) if I took his flights. 😀 Turns out he has a rich boyfriend who is willing to pay for him to get rid of his flights…and who can resist that kind of money just to swap a couple of flights?! I think that’ll pay for my next holiday on my upcoming leave, haha!
So there you go, that’s my schedule for next month! I would love to get rid of my turnarounds at the beginning of the month and maybe see if I can swap that Manchester, so stay tuned to see where in the wold I end up!
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