Frankfurt, Madrid and next month’s roster!

First of all my apologies for the long break since my last post. I didn’t even realise it’s been over two weeks since I updated on here! At the moment I’m actually on leave, however I decided to stay in Dubai and just enjoy a bit of time relaxing and not flying anywhere for once! My last post was about my amazing trip to Seattle, and after that I had two back to back Frankfurt flights and a trip to Madrid. 

Both of the Frankfurts were very uneventful! I get German flights pretty much every month, and I kind of see them as my chance to go to a nice supermarket and stock up on fresh foods, as well as getting some quality sleeping/ TV watching in! These two trips were no different. The weather was not very nice – cold, rainy and pretty miserable, so I just did my supermarket shops and had a couple of drinks in the hotel bar with the crew.

My last trip before my leave was Madrid. I was actually very excited when I saw this on my roster, as even though I lived in Spain for 3 months I was working 6 days a week so didn’t really have the chance to see many other cities. The flight out was nice and easy, only half full and a chance to practice my Spanish, which is getting a little rusty! πŸ˜‰ We arrived around lunchtime and it was 5 degrees and pouring with rain. Definitely not what my weather app had predicted! Nonetheless, a group of us decided to venture out, have a little walk around the hotel and find somewhere to have a bite to eat. We ended up in a place called “Museo del Jamon” and all ordered plenty of plates of ham, salami, chorizo and cheese to share. Very unlike me I didn’t actually take any pictures, believe it or not!
After our late lunch we hopped on the metro to the city centre. By the time we got there it was getting dark and the rain was not stopping at all. So of course we spent way too much time in the shops! πŸ˜‰ I was a little disappointed as I actually wanted to do some sightseeing and walk around the city, but the weather was not really on my side. Also, none of the other crew were interested in doing anything but shopping, so I’ll have to save it for the next trip.

Once I got back from Madrid I was officially on leave! I’ve been spending lots of time with Joey, going on walks around Dubai (now that the weather is finally cool enough to actually walk around) finishing season 2 of Homeland (so good!!), catching up on lots more TV whilst Joey has been at work…you get the point! πŸ˜‰  

Yesterday the most exciting part of my month happened….roster day!!! Who wants to take a guess at where I’ll be going next month. . . 

  • Toronto! And not just your average 24hr layover, I’ll be staying there for 77hrs! 3 days! πŸ˜€
  • Bangkok! Haven’t been to Bangkok since June so that should be good, I’m hoping I’ll have time to go to the Tiger Temple.
  • Sydney! A trip to Aus means I can hopefully pop down to Canberra and visit my grandparents and auntie, uncle and cousin πŸ™‚
  • Last but not least….leave at Christmas!

So that’s it – just 3 flights next month! I’ll be going home over Christmas which is very exciting, as Joey will also be coming with me πŸ™‚ And then the 1st of January the dreaded SEP recurrent exams :O Which will mean lots of studying over Christmas!

So there you go, a little update on my rather boring life recently! I’d also just like to say a big thanks to everyone that reads, follows, comments on my blog, etc. Cheesy as it may sound it really does make my day when I see a comment on my blog πŸ™‚

P.s. If you want more regular day to day updates of what is happening in my life, follow me on Twitter and Instagram @rachelwwilson!


  1. August 27, 2014 / 1:20 am

    Thank you for a great job you are doing! I love reading your posts about all the travels. You write to vivid and alive! Thank you! πŸ™‚

      • August 30, 2014 / 1:52 am

        I read all of your blog, starting from how you went to Munich to Chicago part ll.
        Your blog is addictive, I am waiting for the new post! πŸ™‚
        I had one small question – how do they give you allowance in overnight trips?
        Do they give you actual money or you submit checks of your expenses after the trip?

        • August 30, 2014 / 1:54 am

          Aw thank you so much! I’ll be posting again soon!
          They give us actual cash when we check in at the hotel along with our room key πŸ™‚ Very handy as it means we don’t have to change money in every country!

  2. Jeca
    March 23, 2014 / 6:37 pm

    I am enjoying reading your blog! Feels like being in those places πŸ™‚

  3. December 13, 2013 / 9:45 am

    I’m always the first one who read your blog but I’m so lazy in commenting Rachel:))
    why there is no pic in this post????:(((

  4. Anonymous
    December 11, 2013 / 7:52 pm

    HaHa How simple and beautiful u wrote this blog..:) ur life maybe boring recently as u said but blog is not! its interesting..Oh btw I missed my friendz in Dubai..Finally once again 10 days from tomorrow in Dubai after long 3 months.. yeah I like Dubai weather in winter..wohooo have a good days to u and Joey..see u at next blog πŸ˜‰

  5. December 4, 2013 / 11:56 am

    I thought, people in such positions had their roster full. But i guess, you must have had your hey days with 15 or more flights in a month or am i wrong to think that way ?

  6. November 29, 2013 / 5:19 am

    Hi Rachel. I have just started the adventure you started a year ago. Love the blog. One more week of SEP to go for me! πŸ™‚

    • December 2, 2013 / 12:15 pm

      Hey! Thanks for reading, I’m glad you like it πŸ™‚ Congrats on getting the job, and good luck at training college! I have SEP coming up soon and I’m dreading it! πŸ˜€ xxx

  7. naseehah
    November 26, 2013 / 8:36 pm

    A big hello from South Africa. ..I’m so glad I found your blog…it’s very interesting reading about all your travels and experiences.
    Keep on writing!

    • December 2, 2013 / 12:16 pm

      Hey! Thanks so much for reading πŸ™‚ I’m happy you enjoy it and I will definitely keep on posting! x

  8. kara
    November 26, 2013 / 3:19 pm

    Love your blog rachel!

    How was your flight to jakarta?

    And what is the exam about yku have to take?

    And could you pleeease write a post about how life in dubai is some day?

    Thank you for sharing all your lovely experiences.


    • December 2, 2013 / 12:19 pm

      Hey, thanks for reading πŸ™‚ The flight to Jakarta was great, I just got back yesterday! It was super bumpy both ways though, lots of turbulence especially flying over the bay of Bengal!
      The exams I have are a kind of refresher of all the safety and emergency procedures as well as medical stuff that we learnt during training college, we have to take them once a year to keep our flying license.
      Life in Dubai is pretty similar to life anywhere else in the world, just a bit hotter! πŸ˜€
      Rachel xx

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