Layover Life: Kolkata, India

Last week I was in Thiruvananthapuram, India, and this week I visited Kolkata! Originally I had been rostered to fly to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia but because I had already been there, I decided to swap with a colleague for a new destination instead. Little did I know, a classmate from my  high school math class was on the flight too- operating alongside me! Who would have thought that 10 years later we’d meet again as flight attendants for the same airline, flying together to India of all places?

Running on less than a few hours sleep, a few of us decided to go out and explore the city as soon as we landed into CCU. What was supposed to be a few hours out on the town turned into a full day adventure.

We started off at the Victoria Memorial, then made our way to the banks of the Ganges River where we took a boat out on the water. I wanted to try and hitch a ride on the nearby train, but the crew didn’t share the same sense of adventure with me. I don’t blame them though. If you’ve seen how busy they can get, then you probably know why!

From here we went to restaurant Peter Cat, which was recommended to us by our guide. The food was amazing, and I didn’t have to eat with my hands!

We then ventured to the New Market. It was insanely busy! I’m not a fan of overly crowded places but I’m glad I went for the experience. There were people everywhere, there was a lot of yelling and of course, beeping from the horns of the vehicles passing by. It was a little overwhelming, so we didn’t stay long.

Our last stop was the Mother House. I’m not a very religious person, but I grew up listening to stories of Mother Theresa because I went to a Catholic school. As weird as it may sound, I was filled with emotion as soon as I entered the venue. Not necessarily because I felt connected to it, but it was just an emotional place to be. There’s so much history there, it’s hard to explain.

It took us an hour or so to get back to our hotel from the city centre after our adventure. Traffic always seems to be a concern in India, but it was totally worth leaving our rooms! I’m glad I swapped for this destination and am hoping to add another Indian city to my list soon too. Kochi, I’m looking at you!

Next stop: Brussels, Belgium 🇧🇪

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The best part of being Cabin Crew

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again -I love getting to know my customers! Each and everyone of us have a story to tell and learning about them and where they come from is always of interest to me.

As Cabin Crew, most of us often share that the best part of the job is the travel. As great of a perk as that is, I truly believe that you learn more about a destination by the people who live there. They make it what is it, which is why the passenger stories category of my blog is so important to me. My favourite part of being Cabin Crew is, after all, meeting you!

I recently published a poll on my Instagram stories asking you if you liked to read them, and an overwhelming 90% of you said that you did! This excites me. As Cabin Crew, interacting with our customers is a huge component of our job. A simple conversation can teach you many things and these small interactions can leave lasting impressions.

When I was younger, I flew with Spirit from Detroit, United States to Orlando, Florida for a family vacation. I was about 12 at the time, and it was my first ever flight. While I can’t remember much about it, I do remember that the flight attendants handed my family two Disney posters for my sister and I. This was something that they didn’t have to do, but it stuck with me all of these years. It is also one of the reasons why I try to make someone’s day on every flight and try to get to know our guests from the moment they board our aircraft.

Having a blog and a larger social media presence has allowed me to share these moments with you. It has given me a voice; an opportunity to showcase the many exciting memories I’ve created over the past few years. As my platforms continue to grow, I want to keep inspiring you guys to travel, to spread positive energy and to try new things without fear. I want you guys to have conversations with people you don’t know. Learn a thing or two about one another and maybe, just maybe, we can make the world a better place in doing so.

Thanks for being a part of my crazy journey around the world. I hope that you will continue to share in this experience with me, no matter where I go!

Next stop: Trivandrum, India 🇮🇳

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Dubai Airshow 2017: In Review

Wow! What an exciting week for Emirates at the 2017 edition of the Dubai Airshow. This five day exhibition brought together some of the biggest names in aviation to showcase the latest products, services and technologies that the industry had to offer.

Emirates had its largest ever showing. We unveiled our enhanced Boeing 777-300ER with fully enclosed First Class Suits (an industry first), placed an order for 40 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners, flew two of our wide-bodied aircraft in formation with the Al Fursan team, launched our new advertising campaign with Jeremy Clarkson, opened the Emirates Flight Training Academy and signed several agreements; for six new flight training devices, for the next generation inflight broadband connectivity and for developing new global e-commerce solutions. We also shared our cutting-edge 3D printing technology to manufacture components for aircraft cabins.

Emirates hosted a total of 27,000 people on our static aircraft that included our 100th Emirates Airbus A380, our newest Boeing 777-300ER, our Airbus A319 Executive Jet and Cirrus SR22 training aircraft.

I was thrilled to have taken part in this exciting event as an Emirates Social Media Broadcaster alongside my colleagues: Jarad, Elizabethe and Doyle. This opportunity gave me the chance to take in these magical moments firsthand; witnessing the innovative thinking that has made us who we are today- industry leaders. I can’t wait to see what’s next for us!

Next stop: Toronto, Canada 🇨🇦

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Layover Life: São Paulo, Brazil

It’s official! I have now been to six continents; North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. Two years ago I never thought this would be possible, yet here I stand in country #46, Brazil!

I’ve been meaning to share this post with you for a while now, but unfortunately I couldn’t find the time to do so. Please bare with me as the next couple weeks are going to be busy too and I won’t be online as much as I usually am. That being said, here we go!

We arrived at GRU (São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport) in the evening and decided to go straight to the restaurant in our hotel for some food. As much as the crew wanted to try some traditional Brazilian eats outside of where we were staying, most of us didn’t have the energy to do so after a 15 hour flight. With the entire day ahead of us tomorrow, we turned in for the night shortly after.

The following day nine of us met up in the morning to tour the city. We started off at the São Paulo Cathedral and continued onwards from there to Ibirapuera Park. I love nature and being able to take in the greenery and fresh air there was one of the highlights of the entire layover for me!

Of course, a trip to Brazil isn’t complete without a quick stop at Havianas. (It’s a typical “crew thing” to do, because they are a Brazilian brand and are expensive to purchase in Dubai). I ended up grabbing a black pair and adding a Brazilian flag to them as a souvenir. You can always use a pair of flip-flops right?

Shortly after, my stomach began to growl so I decided to pop into a small restaurant next door for a quick bite to eat. The place was called Chez Astro. It was very laid back and resembled a library. They even had books for sale too.

Our last stop on our tour was Beco do Batman where we finally got the perfect photos for the ‘gram! This area is where three alleys meet. It became a haven for street art after a single Batman appeared there in the 80s. Since then, new designs have popped up and old ones have disappeared as new artists from all over the world pass through.

Before turning in for a quick nap prior to our evening departure, three of us decided to try Brazilian BBQ after the tour. We went to Churrascaria Boizao Grill and enjoyed a variety of local meats, salads and cheeses. Delicious!

Just when I thought I exhausted myself out enough for a nap, I couldn’t sleep before the flight! Thankfully, the flight time was closer to 14 hours this time around and I managed to sleep on my break.

Overall Brazil was a lot of fun and I hope to be back soon. Scheduling Gods, if you happen to read this, please send a Rio flight my way next!

Next Stop: Business Promotions Event in Dubai, United Arab Emirates! 🇦🇪

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Emirates Aviation College: Service EKcellence

October has been a very busy month so far, but an exciting one at that!

This week, I returned to Emirates Aviation College for a service refresher course called “Service EKcellence”. The day was dedicated to helping Cabin Crew learn about the latest Emirates products and service developments, giving us the chance to update our knowledge and enhance our customer service abilities. This course is mandatory for all crew and appears on our rosters when we are scheduled for it.

The course was broken up into several sessions, my favourite being Image and Uniform. We were divided into groups and given a scenario that we had to present to the rest of our class. My group’s scenario was to create a new Emirates marketing campaign in the form of a video. In less than 5 minutes my amazing team produced some amazing content that went over really well with our colleagues!

Next month, I will be returning to Emirates Aviation College for my SEP (Safety and Emergency Procedures) recurrent training. This must be completed once a year in order to renew our licenses. Make sure you stay connected with me on social media so that I can continue to share more of these exciting moments with you guys!

Next Stop: São Paulo, Brazil 🇧🇷

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