Paris sil’vous plait

This week has just been the most surreal week of my life. I’ve flown to Jeddah and Paris and it’s a relief to say I loved it. This job is so unpredictable, of course in a good way, but even after training you just don’t know wether or not you’re going to really love it.

I just remember feeling this excitement as I greeted passengers onto the plane. My cheeks were hurting because I was grinning that much. Customers had a level of respect towards me which was very pleasant because it immediately set a positive tone to the flight.

My flight to Jeddah was very short so I found it difficult to bond with other members of crew and really be able to excel my learning capabilities. Nevertheless I got stuck in and tried my best. I much preferred the longer flight to Paris because there was more time for mistakes and questions so I felt as though I learnt far more.

When we arrived in Paris it was 8am local time and I had been up all night working. I didn’t feel particularly tired when I arrived at the hotel I was just excited to be doing my first lay over. We stayed in a beautiful 4 star hotel near the Charles de Gaulle airport and when we arrived I was given an allowance in an envelope, it was so exciting. I just kept thinking that the perks keep on coming.

After a few hours nap a few of us took a taxi into the city. Unfortunately crew who have been doing this job for years sometimes prefer to hang out in their room, maybe order some room service. Which is fine, but it was my first lay over and I was dying to get out and explore Paris. Luckily there was a few crew members up for joining me, but if they weren’t I was determined to go and see the city alone. I’ve heard it’s quite common that some crew don’t want to do a lot on their layovers so I guess I better get used to it. 

We had a fantastic day walking around the city, drinking wine and eating crepes. The day went by like a flash but I had so much fun. On our way back to the hotel we stopped off at a shopping mall near the airport called Aéroville. I wish I could’ve spent longer in shopping, but I just had enough time to buy some cheese and wine, ready for my sister visiting me in Dubai the following day. I would highly recommend checking out this mall if you haven’t got a lot of time, or you’d rather not go into the city as it’s quite far.

It was time to head back to Dubai, and I was beyond excited because my sister was arriving later that evening. She planned to spend a few days visiting me before heading to Asia to travel for 6 weeks. I haven’t seen her since I moved to Dubai and Skype just isn’t the same.

Nicola x

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The Beginning Of A Bright Future

So the day is finally here! I’ve completed 8 weeks of intense training at the aviation college and now I’m ready to fly. I’ve enjoyed a couple of days to myself, preparing for my upcoming flights. Luckily we get two supy flights, one on each aircraft, where we have an opportunity to observe the crew and ask as many questions as we need to. We also get to sit in the cockpit for take-off and landing which makes me super excited.

My first months rosta is very impressive so I’m very excited. I’m lucky enough to fly to Jeddah, Paris, Sydney, Karachi, Bangkok, Hong Kong, and Beijing all in one month. I’m particularly excited to fly to Bangkok because I’ve never been to Thailand before. The flight isn’t until the end of the month, so I have a few destinations to travel to before then.

I literally have no idea what to expect. You hear so many rumours on a daily basis, but I guess every flight is going to be a completely different experience. The crew, customers and the actual flight will make all the difference every time.

It’s still hard to believe training is finally over. It seems like only days ago I was writing my first blog post with such excitement because I’d arrived in the big city. Dubai definitely feels more like home now, and I’ve really started to settle in and make some life long friends. I’m not going to pretend training was easy because it was defiantly a challenge. But I kept telling myself anything worth having is going to be tough. There was days where I missed my family and friends, but once I got past the feeling there was always something to keep my occupied and interested in.

This is just the beginning of a new chapter in my life and its safe to say I’m beyond excited, privileged and extremely proud of myself. Bring on the future!

Nicola x