On a recent layover to Zurich, a few of the crew and I decided to rent a car from our hotel and go for a little road trip. The hotel offers an electric BMW for just 50 Swiss Francs, and we made sure it was fully charged so could head out to nearby Luzern, without needing to recharge.
I was actually rostered a Frankfurt flight, but someone sent me a swap for Zurich, and I’m very glad I accepted it, as we ended up having a lovely day out!
It was around an hours drive to Luzern, and our first stop was the Lion Monument.
The Lion Monument is tucked away in a huge piece of rock, and was made in 1820. It commemorates the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution, and is apparently one of the most famous monuments in Switzerland!
Once again the roster is out and it’s time for another busy month.
It’s a jam-packed one this time and I’ve already managed to do a couple of swaps, and hopefully one more if I can!
August will be a real mix of destinations, with almost every continent covered! I’ll be heading off to:
BSR – Basra, Iraq (turnaround)
AMM – Amman, Jordan (turnaround)
MLE – Male, Maldives (turnaround)
EWR – Newark, USA
BLQ – Bologna, Italy
ABV – Abuja, Nigeria
BCN – Barcelona, Spain
GLA – Glasgow, UK
Starting off with three back-to-back turnarounds (i.e. no days off and minimum rest in-between) to Basra, Amman and Male. I’m seriously hoping I can somehow make a miracle happen and swap these for a layover, but let’s see!
My first layover of the month is to Newark – while I’ve visited New York plenty of times, it’ll be my first time flying into Newark. Sadly it’s just a 24 hour layover but I’m sure I’ll manage to stay busy! I originally had San Fransisco rostered but decided to swap as this will give me an extra day off.
Up next is the trip I’m most looking forward to – Bologna, Italy. I’ve been here a couple of times and can’t wait to go back and eat my bodyweight in tagliatelle bolognese and gelato 😀
Following on from that is a 48 hour layover in Abuja. A new destination for me and I’ll be honest and say it’s not one that I would have bid for, but I’ll try to make the most of the layover and get out and explore some of the city. Any tips are more than welcome!
Then I have a layover in Barcelona, Spain, which I can’t wait for! I was actually rostered Moscow, but someone sent me a swap which I immediately accepted. Funnily enough I had actually bid for Barcelona but didn’t get the flight, so it’s great that I managed to swap.
My last trip of the month is to Glasgow, which again is another swap – originally I had a flight to Entebbe, Uganda. I’m not sure yet what I’ll do there, so stay tuned!
It feels like I only just blogged about New York, and yet here I found myself once again. This time around my friends were on holiday so I decided to take it easy on this layover and just do whatever I felt up to after the 14 hour flight!
Last time I walked over 15km around the city, so I gave my feet a bit more of a break! Our crew hotel is just around the corner from Times Square, so after a good freshen up one of the other girls from first class and I headed out to get a bit of sun, a drink and a bite to eat.
Having visited Rome plenty of times in the past, I decided not to go sightseeing this time, instead making my day all about the delicious Italian food! Unsurprisingly though I couldn’t help but see a few of the beautiful buildings and monuments Rome has to offer whilst on my walk through the city.
First up however was breakfast in the hotel to fuel up for a day of strolling through the cobbled streets in 36 degree heat. You can be sure I ate some of those pastries – the best one is the croissant filled with “crema”, a delicious creamy custard.
Halfway through the year already! Sorry it’s been a bit quiet over here on The Dubai Diaries…I’ve been busy studying for my interview and assessment for cabin supervisor and am very excited to share that I was successful!
Depending on space and availability I will be rostered my training for cabin supervisor soon, which means I’ll be moving back out of first class to be in charge of the economy or business class cabin. It will certainly be a change, but I’m so excited for a new challenge!
Starting off with a couple of quick turnarounds to Kuwait and Riyadh. Although nobody particularly loves a turnaround, both of these are during the day, so no working through the night and they’re both pretty quick.
Up next is Hamburg, a destination I haven’t visited in a while. I have an old school friend who lives there, so hopefully he’s free to catch up!
After that is another JFK. I’m always happy to go back to New York, and even though I was only there last month I’m sure I will be able to find something new to do! I’m thinking of going to see a musical, so if anyone has any suggestions, just let me know in the comments below.
Following on from New York is a flight to Frankfurt. I’ve actually just got back from there – I was supposed to be going to Hong Kong but sadly there was an aircraft change so I was removed from that flight and given Frankfurt instead.
Up next, a trip to Colombo, with a short stopover in the Maldives. Sadly we don’t get to stay there, but I’m quite looking forward to going to Colombo, as it’s been years since I’ve visited Sri Lanka!
After that is another turnaround (my third of the month!) to Hyderabad and back. And then I have an exciting business promotions trip – to the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Hockenheim, Germany! I’ll be there for a few days representing the company which should be a great trip.
For my final trip of the month, I have a new destination. Very exciting, as I always love ticking off new places, and this is somewhere that we haven’t been flying to for very long – Phnom Penh, Cambodia! The flight has a quick stop in Bangkok, and then a 24 hour layover in Cambodia. I’m very open to all of your suggestions and must-visits for my short time there!
So that’s it for my upcoming month. I will get back to writing on here more regularly, as I still have quite a few trips to post about, and I’m sure I will have some more to come this month!