My last flight of the month before my reserve started was to LAX. I’ve actually visited Los Angeles twice before, and have done most of the “touristy” stuff, including visiting the Walk of Fame, Santa Monica, the Hollywood Sign, Beverly Hills and such. So this time a few of us decided to do something a little different and stay closer to the area that our crew hotel is in, rather than heading to the city.

As usual when I’m in the States, I woke up early (more like in the middle of the night really, around 3am!) and tossed and turned in bed trying to get back to sleep, but gave up by 6am and got ready for breakfast instead. At breakfast I met up with a couple of the other crew, and one of the girls suggested we head down to Huntington Beach, have a stroll around and hire some bikes. So that was exactly what we did!

Unfortunately I seemed to have brought the bad weather with me from Milan, and instead of it being sunny California weather that I was expecting, it was grey and dreary! Looks like I packed the wrong clothes as well, as I only brought things for sunny weather…oops!

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This post is going to be short and sweet as I don’t have many flights in May….so far! I’ll be starting off the month with a flight to Milan (which is technically still in my April roster) and then after a couple of days off I’ll be heading to LAX – Los Angeles.

After that…..reserve! So far I’ve only had reserve once in the 4,5 years I’ve been flying, and considering we’re supposed to have it every 7 months, I’ve been quite lucky. So please keep your fingers crossed for me that I’ll get some nice flights and not have to work in economy on my reserve month ūüėČ

It’s been a while since I’ve been to LA so any tips or suggestions will be much appreciated! ūüôā

Hope you all have a great week, and as always, thanks for reading!

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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! ūüôā

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

I hope you guys are still enjoying my month roster posts, and if there is anything else you’d like to see here on The Dubai Diaries, please feel free to let me know in the comments below!

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As I mentioned in my previous roster post, we all now get our rosters quite a bit earlier, which is lovely as it means you can plan the month ahead a bit more.

Although my bidding seniority is quite low in March, I’m pretty happy and quite pleasantly surprised with my roster for next month!

I’ll be heading off to:

  • SEA¬†–¬†Seattle, USA
  • HAM –¬†Hamburg, Germany
  • HKG¬†–¬†Hong Kong
  • ZRH¬†–¬†Zurich, Switzerland
  • DOH¬†–¬†Doha, Qatar (Turnaround)
  • CKY – DKR¬†–¬†Conakry, Guinea – Dakar, Senegal

I’m super excited to be heading back to Seattle, as I’ve only been once before and I loved the city. You can read about my previous trip here, and see what I got up to. Any tips for anything different to see or do this time would be much appreciated!

I’ve also been to Hamburg a few times before, and my old school friend Georg lives there, so if he’s not working hopefully we’ll be able to catch up.

As for Hong Kong and Zurich, if you read my blog regularly you’ll know that those are two destinations that I love and have flown to fairly¬†often.

I’m also happy that I’ve finally got a new destination – it’ll be my first time visiting both Conakry and Dakar. We actually get 48 hours in Conakry so I should have plenty of time to explore, and then 24 hours in Dakar.

I also have another string of 5 days off, but so far I have no plans and might just take some time to relax in Dubai!

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I’m currently on tourist duty in Dubai as my boyfriend’s family are over for a couple of weeks. Although his parents have visited before, we decided to head out to visit the Dubai Miracle Garden.

It was my second time visiting this desert flower garden, which is made up of over 109 million flowers, and spread over 72,000 square metres. I visited with my sister Lizzie, her boyfriend Jarett, and my friend Kirsty’s husband Dan, who was visiting Dubai at the time. You can read about that trip here!

This time we headed out to the Miracle Gardens just after lunchtime, and despite the weather not being great (it’s been grey and cloudy, with temperatures barely reaching the 20’s for the past few weeks!) and it being a weekday, the tourists were out in full force!

Since the gardens are only open from October – April due to the high temperatures in summer, now is the perfect time to visit. The whole layout has actually been changed completely since the last time I visited, and I have to be honest, I preferred it last year! The whole area just seemed too spread out, and not as many interesting sculptures this time.
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