It was my first time visiting Orlando, Florida, and after a long 15 hour flight we finally touched down around lunchtime.
The weather was gorgeous and sunny, and knowing that my sleep pattern would be completely messed up if I went to bed straight away, a few of us opted to share an uber to the nearby outlet mall once we’d checked in and freshened up.
We agreed on a time to meet later for dinner, and split up to hit the shops.
As much as I love travelling and exploring new destinations around the world, I live in a city that has so much to offer! My best friend Lucy last came to stay 2 years ago, so in search of some winter sun, she flew out to stay with me in Dubai for a few days.
I had planned a few things for us to do, as we’d already ticked off a few items on the list previously, but with an ever-changing city, there were still more to be seen!
A few days ago I was lucky enough to jet off to the beautiful city of Cape Town. I bid for the flight as it’s been a while since I last visited, and the beauty of South Africa never disappoints!
We had a great view of Table Mountain and the surrounding area on landing, and after arriving at the hotel early evening, it was time for me to call it a night. A few of the crew went out for steak and I was very tempted to join them, but 2 of the other girls and I had plans to get up early the next morning to hike Lion’s Head.
We were indeed up bright and early, and jumped in an Uber to the bottom of Lion’s Head, where there is a dedicated hiking trail up to the summit.
When I think of a holiday in paradise, Mauritius is one of the places that always springs to mind. Since we celebrated Christmas at home with my family last year, it was time to head to Mauritius this year, and Joe very kindly invited my parents to join us and his family for a relaxing getaway in the sun.
We touched down after a 6-hour flight through the night, having not managed to sleep much. I certainly couldn’t complain about these views though, even if I’m not a fan of being trapped in the window seat!
I can’t believe we’re already on to the last roster of 2017! Where has this year gone?!
Although I actually only got one flight that I bid for in December, I’m not too disappointed with my roster. I managed to get on the swap page and get a London instead of Perth to do my Christmas shopping which is perfect!
I’m finishing up November with my trip to Taipei, and then I’ll be heading to:
PER – Perth, Australia – swapped for: LGW – London Gatwick, UK
- SEP – Safety and Emergency Procedures, our yearly exams!
- JFK – New York, USA
- AMM – Amman, Jordan (turnaround)
- HKG – Hong Kong
- AMS – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Fortunately I’ll be back to working in first class next month, I have to say I’ve really missed it – business class just isn’t the same! 😀
As I mentioned above I’ve swapped the Perth for a London, so I’ll try and get some Christmas shopping done there, as well as a trip to the supermarket for all of my essentials.
After that I’ve got my yearly exams, which are always great fun…not! 😉
Then it’s off to New York, which is the only flight I got that I bid for, so I’m looking forward to seeing all of the Christmas lights and perhaps even going ice skating in Central Park.
Next up is a quick turnaround to Amman and back, before a flight to Hong Kong, which I didn’t actually bid for but do love. I’ll be getting my fix of dumplings from Din Tai Fung!
I’m lucky enough to have leave for Christmas the second year in a row, and we’ll be heading to Mauritius for some sunshine this year – let’s hope the flights aren’t too full!
My last flight of the year is to Amsterdam – I haven’t been there for quite a while so if anybody has any good wintery suggestions I’ll be more than happy to hear them.
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