July 2017 Roster

A very pleasant roster for July despite not getting the days off I asked for, however next month I shall be going to:

DFW – Dallas, United States Layover
NBO – Nairobi, Kenya Layover
CAI – Cairo, Egypt Turn Around
DPS – Bali, Indonesia Layover
SIN – Singapore Layover
HAN – Hanoi, Vietnam Layover
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Summertime in Seattle

After a blissful two weeks off, it was time to head back to work. Zero complaints though, as it was back stateside to a new destination of Seattle! Departing Dubai at 9:30am, it was 14 hours and 10 minutes over to Seattle – Tacoma International Airport.

Landing around lunchtime, we headed through immigration and made our way over  to the hotel. The 11 hour time difference between Dubai and Seattle is quite tough and I forced myself to stay awake and not go to bed after check in despite not sleeping a wink in the crew rest on the flight. I had arranged to meet two of the other economy crew girls downstairs for a bit of a wander into the city and to find something to eat.

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Kempt Katoomba

The final leg of my trip was in Sydney, one of my favourite cities to visit. Wanting to do something I hadn’t done before, and maybe not so achievable on a layover, myself and Katie (sadly it was back to work for Sophie) decided to head out to the Blue Mountains National Park to the small town of Katoomba just 2 hours by train out of Sydney Central Station.

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The Great Barrier Reef

Continuing on from my previous post… we had finally arrived in Cairns and straight away got speaking to the concierge to pick out the best Great Barrier Reef trip! After flicking through many brochures and listening to her recommendations, we went with the Silverswift Tour which departed 8:30am giving us breakfast on the boat, all the equipment and suits, takes us to three different snorkelling sites on the Great Barrier Reef and also gave us lunch and then refreshments at the end of the day! The trip cost $220 per person but we wanted to splash out a little for this as it was the main part of the trip. There were more budget options for around $95 if you’re looking for something a little less pricey but they didn’t offer as much!

Anyway, that afternoon we spent an hour or so by the hotel pool before we got changed for dinner that evening. I was feeling something Australian for dinner and after a quick look online, made a reservation for a place called Dundees. And boy it did not disappoint. With a waterfront table by the marina, we sat down and scoured the menu, and from the Bush Tucker page I ordered the kangaroo and crocodile skewers and they tasted unbelievable!! Every time I’m in Aus now I will for sure be ordering Kangaroo, it tastes SO good!

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Picturesque Palm Cove

So my leave plans came together quite nicely actually! I was meant to be going to Hawaii with my room mate Hannah but as she fell and broke her wrist, our plans also fell through and I was left wondering what to do for two weeks. My two friends who I studied abroad with Katie (from the United States) and Sophie (from Australia) were meeting up for the first time since we left Kansas and had planned a trip up to Cairns in Australia. With it being the perfect opportunity, and me being able to explore a new destination not within the Emirates network, I jumped at the chance especially with all three of us being together a real rare occurrence. Another thing that was great was that on the International Day of Happiness ( 20th March ) Emirates gave all its employee a free return ticket to ANYWHERE in the world. So I thought that a free 14 hour flight to Sydney sounded perfect. THANKS EMIRATES ❤️

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Lavish Los Angeles

Many apologies for my lack of posts recently, I feel like my rosters have been in shambles. There was no post on Dublin as I managed to swap to a Manilla so I could see Justin Bieber, however I was incredibly ill in Manilla. And due to delays in Manilla that resulted in me being pulled off my Nairobi layover which I had been so looking forward to as I wasn’t going to have minimum rest. However, we’re all back to normal now and my layover shall resume.

I was originally rostered a 30 hour layover in Boston, however, as my friend wasn’t going to be there I sent out a few swaps for other US destinations that I hadn’t yet visited and someone accepted my swap for LA! Departing out of Dubai at 8:50am it was a 15 hour and 20 minute flight over to LAX. The flight over was nice, we got a good 3 hours and 40 minutes rest in the CRC. I had one very special passenger, a three year old girl called Carlotta. She was from Venezuela and could speak THREE languages. She was so polite and liked asking lots of questions about being cabin crew, she made the flight seem much less than 15 hours!

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