Layover Life: Conakry, Guinea

With each destination that I visit, I am given the chance to view the world from a new perspective. It’s one thing to see pictures and hear stories about a place, but it’s another to be able to experience it for yourself.

This month, I had the pleasure of operating a multi-sector that took me from Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Conakry, Guinea and Dakar, Senegal. I have been to a few places in Africa before, but these new destinations were quite different and I would love to return again soon.

Touring Conakry, Guinea with the crew in particular reminded me of how fortunate we are. Guinea is listed as one of the top ten poorest countries in the world and on average, about 55% of the Guinean population live below the poverty line. Approximately 1.9 million people (17.5%) are food insecure too, which is also quite sad given that the country is rich in resources (diamonds, gold, iron ores, etc.).

As per usual, my time spent here quickly turned into an epic adventure when one of the vehicles we were taking up to “Les Cascades de la Soumba” broke down in the middle of nowhere. Thankfully, our driver was able to get us to an auto repair shop and within a half an hour we were up and running again! (Well, sort of… We opted to take a cab instead of waiting around for the car to get fixed up). While we were waiting though, we got to speak to some of the locals. Everything happens for a reason, and I’m glad I got to make some new friends!

It took us just over two hours to get to falls after our little mishap, but the winding roads and scenic views made for a pleasant ride. When we arrived at the falls, we were helped into the fresh waters and served lunch along with some cold beverages and the local brew.

Naturally, while sitting comfortably in the water by the falls, I was nipped in the butt by a small fish. When it came time to change out of my swimsuit, I opened the curtain to the outdoor change room to be greeted by a giant lizard! To say it startled me would be an understatement.

This is my life, but I wouldn’t change it for a thing!

Next Stop: Mauritius!

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Layover Life: Mahé, Seychelles

This hidden paradise was one of the best layovers I’ve had so far! Although it was only 14 hours in length, I still had the opportunity to explore the place.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Seychelles, it is composed of 115 islands and is located in the Indian Ocean off East Africa. I refer to it as a hidden paradise because I find not a lot of people know about it. At least, I didn’t until I was rostered to operate this flight!

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Your typical ‘Cabin Crew tourist’ photo from the resort.

There are many beaches, coral reefs and nature reserves to enjoy in Seychelles, but most of the crew decided that the best way to spend our time here would be on the resort. From the plane, we went directly to brunch before tanning, swimming and playing games together on the beach.

My favourite part of the entire trip was when I went for a walk along the shoreline with another Canadian crew that I met on the flight. The views we took in together were breathtaking. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like them before!

Following this little adventure, I went back to hotel to catch a quick nap before the flight back to Dubai. I really wish I could’ve spent more time here, so I’m adding it to my list of places that I need to go back and visit!

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Views from Seychelles!

If you go: Spend more then 14 hours there! lol

Next stop: Beirut, Lebanon (turnaround)

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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company. For the safety and security of Emirates staff, the name of the resort Cabin Crew stay at has been withheld.

Layover Life: Harare, Zimbabwe

This month I finally got to go to Africa! I’ve never been, so you can imagine how excited I was. Emirates flies to Harare, Zimbabwe on the Boeing 377, and we stop at Lusaka, Zambia on the way (two flights in one day). It’s a long shift, but the destination is beautiful and totally worth the hours in the sky.

I had a really great crew, and after we settled into our hotel in Harare, Zimbabwe, some of us went to dinner together. I really like it when we are able to do this, but it doesn’t always happen for a number of reasons. Usually Cabin Crew like to use their layover to rest, and I really don’t blame them! But, being young and adventurous, I always try to get out and about when I can on layovers.

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We were able to get within metres of the animals, but they’re still wild so touching them is prohibited.

This time around, I was able to convince some of Cabin Crew to join me on the Mukuvisi Woodland Horse Riding safari tour. I always do my research first when it comes to reserves and animals living in captivity- and the wildlife here is well taken care of. The animals roam free on a huge plot of land and tourists are prohibited from touching them.

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Lesson from a giraffe: Aim high, stand tall, keep your feet on the ground with your head above it all.

Giraffes are my favourite animals, and I can’t describe to you how happy I was when I got to sit on horseback within metres of them. They are the most gentle of all creatures and walk with such beauty and grace. I could go on and on, but I’ll stop there!

This was one of my favourite layovers by far. There was one point on the tour where all of us went quiet, and all you could hear was silence and tranquility. It’s moments like this that make me realize how fortunate I am. I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to travel the world!

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Africa wasn’t as hot as Dubai, believe it or not! Leggings and a poncho were the perfect combo for this adventure.

If you go: The safari tour was a lot of fun. It was $33 USD and lasted for about two hours.

Next stop: Mahé, Seychelles

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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company. For the safety and security of Emirates staff, the name of the resort Cabin Crew stay at has been withheld.