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!
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Not a lot to do in Abuja. You can see Aso Rock from around the city, but it is too close to the President’s Office to be able to climb it, and the zoo at its foot is a little depressing. The Abuja Art and Craft Centre (across from the Sheraton) is good, very little hassle, and the artists who work at the top of the hill can be excellent. If you want a true cultural experience, and your airline will permit it, go to the Mammy Fish Market at Mogadishu Barracks – go early as they close at 9,30, Choose your preferred Mammy and your preferred fish, and enjoy.
Thanks for all the tips! I ended up taking it easy on the layover – going to the gym a couple of times, chilling by the pool reading my book, and enjoying some nice food with the crew! Sometimes your body just needs to rest after so much flying and it turns out this layover was perfect for it! 🙂
Flying EK for the 1st time this month..looking forward to it!
Hope you enjoyed the flight! 🙂
Very diverse and varied destination list – should be interesting I think (ie I wish I could fly too! Maybe I should consider a career change myself and become and flight attendant instead….). Just out of curiosity how many days do you usually get when you layover in a new city?
It should be an interesting month indeed! You never know, always time for a career change 🙂 Usually we get 24 hours in each city.