I recently got sent a swap for my London Gatwick…for Cape Town! Without hesitation I accepted straight away, I’ve only been to Cape Town once before and I was desperate to go back.
The flight is long, around 9 to 9,5 hrs each way depending on the wind, and it’s usually very busy. Especially if you do the daytime flight, as everyone is awake and thirsty! This time though, even though we had a full cabin in business class both ways, other than the usual service we weren’t crazy busy. I was pleasantly surprised, and with plenty of coffee in me I arrived in Cape Town late afternoon, ready to make the most of my time there.
A group of us arranged to meet and go up Table Mountain, as I hadn’t had the chance to do that last time.
As my 3 years in Dubai are creeping up, it was time to renew my contract, and along with it, my visa. Since this can take a few days at a time, I was rostered 3 days off in a row, and after swapping some flights, I had a nice little string of days off…perfect for a visit from my mum!
She flew out from Vienna and arrived late evening, just time to have a nice cup of tea on the balcony. Certainly makes a change from the chilly Austrian autumn weather!
After a long breakfast on the balcony (now Dubai has finally started to cool down I couldn’t be without my balcony!) we decided a trip to the beach was in order.
We drove down to the public beach which is not too far from my apartment, and set up camp….quickly realising we should have brought a beach umbrella!
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!
I had some positive comments on my last roster post for August, so I thought I’d continue and post my flights for the month here on my blog!
I didn’t bid for any flights, I only asked for a string of 5 days off as I was planning a trip away, but unfortunately I didn’t get them. Nevertheless, my flights are quite ok, and no turnarounds this month!
I’m heading off to:
- LGW (originally a MUC, which I swapped)
- SIN (originally a JFK, but I just did that last month so I swapped it!)
How exciting that I finally get to visit the beautiful island of Mauritius again! I’ve only been once before and the end of September should be beautiful sunny weather.
I’m also rather looking forward to some pampering and a massage in Bangkok, it’s been far too many months since my last visit!
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