Layover Life: Luanda, Angola

Don’t swap your Madrid flight, they said. You’re crazy if you do, they said. Of course, I tend not to listen. I always do the opposite of what I’m told and I usually end up paying for it. This time was no different, but I will say this; my experience in Angola was worth it, even if I did end up with a massive bruise on my thigh, my knee and my ego.

We landed into LAD in the evening, and of course, the crew were eager to meet for dinner and drinks. There isn’t much to do in Angola (according to my colleagues on board), but we made the most of our evening and enjoyed each other’s company.

The following morning, a few of us met for breakfast and decided to walk around the city. We couldn’t go too far because of our early wake-up call, but we were eager to get out of the hotel for awhile. We walked along the waterfront, spoke to a few locals and wandered back to the hotel within a few hours time.

The most exciting part, however, came at my own expense. As we were walking back towards the hotel, I began to record on my GoPro. The second I hit the appropriate button, I felt the ground underneath me collapse. A covered manhole had given way under my weight, and I had fallen into it. Thankfully it wasn’t more than 2 metres deep and just as quickly as it had happened, the only male crew that was with us scooped me out.

Although I can laugh now, the whole ordeal was rather scary. I’m fortunate to have walked away with minor injuries and without broken bones. Lesson learned- watch where you are going and don’t step on anything that isn’t a concrete sidewalk?!

You can catch the whole ordeal on my YouTube channel! Remember to subscribe and give the video a thumbs up! 🙂

Next Stop: Frankfurt, Germany

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Layover Life: Toronto, Canada

People tell me I think to much. Whether that’s meant to be an insult or not, I don’t disagree with them. I’ve had a lot on my mind these days, and having the opportunity to operate a flight home to Toronto, Canada last week gave me the chance I needed to clear my head.

Dubai is an exciting place to live, but with so much going on in the city all the time it’s nice to get away. I’ve spent nearly a month here on ground, so you can imagine how good it felt to get back into the air and of course, to operate a flight home.

My layovers in Toronto, Canada usually consist of a visit to Burlington, Ontario to see my family. My parents don’t live in the city, so I tend meet them halfway at my aunt’s place for dinner. When I’m not with my loved ones, you can find me catching up with friends at local hot-spots, running around the downtown core trying to get my errands done, or roaming up and down Queens Quay taking in the picturesque views of the Waterfront. It’s hard though. With less than 52 hours to spare, I can’t see everyone I’d like to see and do everything I’d like to do.

Lately, I’ve found myself wondering what things would be like if I didn’t make the move overseas. I think it’s because I’m starting to realize that being a flight attendant isn’t necessarily a career for me, but more of a temporary position that has allowed me to escape the confines of the concrete jungle for a while.

That’s not to say that I’m not happy with where I am right now. I’ve accomplished a lot since I’ve made the life-changing decision to join Emirates. I’ve been to 32 countries, done things I’ve never thought I’d do and made friends that come from places I didn’t even know existed.

My social media presence has also increased dramatically, and I am constantly receiving messages from people all over the world who are inspired by my writing and love of travel. This, of course, was not planned, but welcomed. I’m glad that I’ve been able to share my experience with others. To be honest, this has been one of the most rewarding parts of the job so far, and I am content in knowing that when or “if” I resign, that this attention will fade. I welcome that too.

The hardest part about leaving home is not knowing when I’ll be coming back. Each time I visit, returning to Dubai becomes a lot harder. I read a quote online recently that said:

“Once you experience travel, you will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart will always be elsewhere”

No matter where this journey takes me, I feel as though this will always be the case. My body will be in one place, but my mind, heart and soul will always be in another. <3

Next Stop: Johannessburg, South Africa

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Layover Life: Cape Town, South Africa

We came, we saw, we conquered. This is the best way to describe my layover in Cape Town, South Africa!

After chowing down on a nice steak dinner at Belthazar Restaurant and Wine Bar by the Waterfront upon our arrival into the “Mother City”, a small group of us decided to take on Table Mountain the following morning. Little did we know, the Aerial Cableway wasn’t going to be operating due to gale force winds and that our adventure was going to be a more extreme than we had planned for.

6 km, 3,558ft and up to 95 km/h wind gusts later, we successfully hiked up (and down) the prominent landmark. It was one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done, and I wouldn’t have wanted to experience this with anyone else.

We pushed each other when we felt like quitting and encouraged one another to carry on despite the hardships we faced. In the end, the views were breathtaking; and to be quite honest, the trek itself was rather life-changing. It served as a reminder that..

“…we have the capacity to achieve anything we put our minds to, so long as we believe in ourselves”

We arrived back at the hotel for lunch around noon, and spent the rest of the layover resting for the return sector back to Dubai. Climbing the mountain was draining, and we needed all the sleep we could get after that!

Next Stop: Toronto, Canada

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Time for take off: Operating the Emirates Airbus A380 Inaugural from JNB to DXB

Passengers were invited to take photos with and enjoy some of the cake given to Cabin Crew on the flight.

On February 1, 2017, I had the pleasure of operating the Emirates Airbus A380 Inaugural from Johannesburg, South Africa to Dubai, United Arab Emirates!

An inaugural flight is defined as the first flight of an aircraft that is being introduced by a carrier to a route for the first time. On occasions such as this, Cabin Crew are nominated to operate the flight by management, then chosen to participate by a selection committee. It’s an honour to have been able to participate in this experience!

To celebrate this momentous occasion, Dnata Newrest surprised us with a giant cake that we opted to share with our passengers. The disembarking Cabin Crew (that came into JNB on the Emirates Airbus A380-800) also left us several South African flags that our customers were able to take pictures with.

Layover Life: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

This week I got to scratch another new destination off my bucket list: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania!

Although I didn’t get the chance to explore the city, I did get to have dinner along the Msasani Bay shoreline in the evening. The restaurant we dined at was recommended to us by crew, and the view we had was stunning!

The rest of my layover was spent relaxing at the hotel pool and catching up on some sleep. Normally I would go out and explore the city, but I was advised by the hotel staff not to go out alone. With our wakeup call being earlier in the day too, my best bet was to use to opportunity to catch up on some much needed R&R. I didn’t quite mind that though!

Next Stop: Johannesburg, South Africa

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