April Roster

It’s time for another roster post, and next month I actually have a new destination! That’s two months in a row with new places to explore, one of the main reasons I chose this job.

After nearly 6 and a half years here, it feels like I get some of the same destinations quite frequently, but there are still new routes launching all the time for me to tick off the list. 

Next month I’ll be heading off to:

  • MAA – Chennai, India (Turnaround)
  • Annual Leave
  • KBL – Kabul, Afghanistan (Turnaround)
  • GVA – Geneva, Switzerland
  • MUC – Munich, Germany
  • IAD – Washington D.C., USA
  • BRU – Brussels, Belgium

Starting off the month with a turnaround to Chennai and back, which is quite a long one (blocked at 4 hours each way), just before my leave starts.

I then have a week off, and I think I’ll fly home and see my family this time. I haven’t had a Stansted layover in a while (the last one was on my birthday in October!) so it’ll be nice to spend some time at home in spring.

After my leave is another turnaround, this time to Kabul and back. I’m hoping that somehow I might be able to swap this for a day off to extend my leave but I’m also realistic that this doesn’t happen often!

Up next is a trip to Geneva – I was originally rostered Moscow and when someone sent me the swap I jumped at the chance to visit Geneva again (and more importantly, eat some cheese fondue!). Last time I went was in the middle of winter so I’m hoping it’ll be much warmer now.

Then a flight to Munich, which is a nice easy layover.

Following on from that is my new destination of the month – Washington! It’s the only one of our US destinations that I haven’t visited, and although it’s just a short 24 hour layover I’m hoping to make the most of it and do some exploring.

My final trip of the month is a 42 hour layover in Brussels. I’ve been here before in summer and I really enjoyed it, and due to the runway closure in Dubai we have some extended layovers, so I’ll try and get to Bruges this time, which I’ve heard is just beautiful.

I’m looking forward to ticking off a new destination, as well as re-visiting some old favourites.

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  1. OLU
    April 2, 2019 / 1:47 am

    Did you do Gatwick to Dubai around the 7th of March ? Reason I am asking was that there was Rachels phone on my wifi ! Was going to ask but I slept off ! Hope you come to Lagos soon/

    • thedubaidiaries
      April 2, 2019 / 7:21 pm

      Nope I didn’t!

  2. April 1, 2019 / 5:23 pm

    Hi Rachel,
    Love your posts and rosters as always! Washington is a great city, and I’ve spent a lot of time there (including my daughter being born there unexpectedly:). I’m sorry that your layover is so short, but one of the best things about DC is that 99% of the museums are free, including all of the ones on the National Mall, so that you can go in and out easily. American History and Air and Space are easy to pick and choose different exhibits; African American History Museum is new and amazing but allow at least 2 hours. Try to check out a few of the monuments either by walking or taking a bus tour. Hopefully when you get there the cherry blossoms will still be in bloom (they’re near the Lincoln and FDR memorials). Safe travels and enjoy!

    • thedubaidiaries
      April 2, 2019 / 7:23 pm

      Thanks for reading Gabriel! I’m looking forward to visiting Washington although not sure I will have time to squeeze in any visits to the museums. I’m definitely hoping there will still be some cherry blossoms when I’m there! 🙂

  3. Emily
    April 1, 2019 / 1:15 pm

    Oh, wow, sounds like a wonderful list of destinations for April! Looking forward to reading some blog posts and seeing some lovely photos! Hopefully you enjoy your trips! 🙂

    • thedubaidiaries
      April 2, 2019 / 7:19 pm

      Thanks so much Emily! 🙂

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