Spotted: Landing into London Heathrow

Incoming…!!!! My crew and I landed into London Heathrow this afternoon on board Emirates Airbus A380 A6-EDH! Fortunately for us, Nimalan Rudrakumaran captured the moment. If you look hard enough, you just might see me sitting beside door number two!¬†ūüėú

Next Stop: Unknown!

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Lest we forget: Honouring the fallen and remembering our Veterans

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We tend to take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude. Today, on November 11th, we remember. Thank you to those that have served our country.

I’ve always had an interest in aviation, but it was this amazing man -my grandfather- who introduced me to it. He served with the Royal Canadian Air Force and was held as a POW in Stalag Luft VII from September 1944 until January 1945. In honour of Remembrance Day, here is his story:

“My name is John Callingham. I served with the Royal Canadian Air Force in World War II, and began an aircrew pre-enlistment course in Hamilton in December of [19]41. Presented with my Bomb Aimer’s Wing in [19]43, and then went to Halifax and New York, and on the [RMS] Queen Mary to Greenock, Scotland, and to Bournemouth in England in October of [19]43. Went to Operational Training Unit in Lossiemouth, Scotland, February the 29th of [19]44, and to Heavy Conversion Unit in Riccall, Yorkshire following that, and was posted to 578 Squadron at Bourne in Yorkshire, flying Halifax IIIs. On our sixth operation over an oil refinery in Gelsenkirken, Germany, we were shot down on September the 11th of 1944. We were picked up by the German military, and were taken by train from Hessen to Frankfurt on Rhine. And eventually to Stalag Luft VII, which is near Kreuzburg [Kluczbork] in Silesia, in the corner of Germany between the border of Poland and Czechoslovakia. We got there in late September [19]44. We were told on… it was about 2 o’clock in the morning on January the 19th of [19]45… that we were to move out because the Russian forces, and they didn’t want us to be taken over by them and subject to their… whatever. So actually in about three to four weeks we ended up at Luckenwald, which was about fifty miles south of Berlin. We spent almost three weeks on the road, and the rest of the way on cattle cars packed in. We were eventually released by American troops after D-Day [the Normandy invasion of June, 1944] – probably about May the 8th of [19]45. They took us to Halle, which was just across the river from Leipzig, and we had our first meal in quite some time. Some of the fellows overate, and they paid for it. Then we flew to an airport near Brussels, and than Lancasters to England and on to Bournemouth. Returned to Halifax via the Isle de France in [19]45, and then on to Windsor where my parents resided. I was transferred to the RCAF Reserve in October 31st of [19]45″ – The Memory Project – Le Projet M√©moire¬†

There are so many stories out there like this. I encourage you to please share yours.


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Layover Life: London, England

When the world is your playground, you don’t mind visiting the same destination twice or more! At least, this is how I felt having¬†operated a flight to London, England for a second time last week! I first came to London in May of this year, where I checked out¬†Primrose Park and¬†Regent‚Äôs Park¬†with my friend Claire. This time around, I¬†decided to go to Camden Market¬†with a few of the crew.

Camden Market¬†is a community of creative sellers, street food traders and independent stores. Located in Central London, it’s open seven days a week¬†and has¬†over 1,000 places to shop, eat and drink.

We spent a fair amount of our time there looking around at the various shops and trying out a few food venues. I ended up walking away with a Harry Potter necklace (nerd alert!), a green baggy cotton cropped sleeved shirt and a large woolen scarf.

From there, we ventured to the London Bridge and the Tower Bridge where we snapped a couple photos before I headed back to the hotel. London flights are always really busy, and I needed a rest before the 7 hour trip back to Dubai!

Next Stop: Toronto, Canada (HOME!!!)

If you go: London is starting to get cold, so be prepared for the weather. Every place we visited was busy because we were there on a Friday, but we still managed to get around okay despite the crowds.

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Wardrobe provided by¬†My Ex Wardrobe.¬†I’m going to start observing¬†styles from around the world, so you can expect some more fashion inspired travel shots in the weeks to come. ūüôā

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Where I’ve Been: My Ex Wardrobe Collaboration

Flying is my passion, but¬†I also have a lot of love for fashion. Ever since I’ve started my blog, I’ve been paying more attention to the different trends around the world while travelling the globe.

The thing is, it’s hard to keep up with what’s in and what’s out. It’s also quite costly to routinely add brand new and trendy items to your wardrobe, not to mention the impact this has on the environment. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, 13.1 million tons of textiles are trashed each year and only 15% or 2¬†million tons are reused!

This is why I was thrilled when My Ex Wardrobe approached me to become a brand collaborator.¬†I couldn’t be more excited¬†to work with a team devoted to giving clothing a second chance at happiness. They provide a socially and environmentally-concious way for fashionistas to stay on trend, whilst encouraging the reduction of individuals carbon footprints. They do this by providing physical and online avenues for people to sell their pre-loved clothes and accessories.

I’m looking forward to sporting some of their fabulous pieces throughout my travels, like the ones in the images below! Stayed tuned. ūüôā

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Layover Life: London, England

This week, I had the pleasure of operating a flight to London, England! There is so much to do in this city, but I decided to use my time visiting an old friend from university.

We met for a quick brunch a Early Bird, a cafe located steps away from Chalk Farm Underground station (on the Northern Line Edgware Branch). They serve fresh sandwiches, salads and really nice breakfast foods. I opted for the ham and cheese panini, which was beautifully presented, freshly made and very tasty. The environment was nice too- laid back and comfortable. These are my favourite types of places to eat!

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Brunch at Early Bird in London, England.

Afterwards, we ventured to both Primrose Park and¬†Regent’s Park. Primrose Park¬†offers¬†a clear view of central London¬†(visible from Primrose Hill located inside of it) and¬†was full of residents out and about enjoying the warm weather.

Regent’s Park is significantly larger. It is 166 hectares in size, with a¬†wide range of facilities and amenities including gardens, a lake, waterfowl and a boating area, sports pitches, and children’s playgrounds.

We spent the majority of our time in the Avenue Gardens admiring the flowers and  Victorian-style planting.

I didn’t do much more than this, because our layover was only 24 hours and I had to take a nap¬†prior to my flight back to Dubai. I have a feeling that I’ll be back soon though!

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Your typical “I’m in London, England” photo.

If you go: The parks are beautiful but tend to be busy on the weekends. Try to go during the week to avoid the crowds!

Next stop: Mahé, Seychelles!

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