4 Years

This was 4 years ago, almost to the day .

November 15th 2012, when I was starting a new and scary page of moving to DUBAI to start my career as a flight attendant.

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Bleached blonde hair, bangs, and a few tears later I boarded my plane. I told myself if I really hated it I could quit and go home.

I thought, “If I can just make it one year, I will be proud.”

Well… one year turned to two years… turned to three years… and unbelievably turned to FOUR years.

And every year has been a different experience. I have ALWAYS liked the job. But living abroad held different challenges and experiences.

First one was thrilling, fun, new. The friends I made at the beginning were so important for me not to up and run back home!

Second year was a little more lonely , some of those close friends quit, the homesickness pull was stronger , some days I hated being in Dubai. I was at a critical part of my time here, trying to decide if I should quit and move home or stay and get a car.

Third year showed an improvement in my idea of this city, I had stayed and gotten a car and that really was a life changer. I started enjoying this crazy place!

Fourth year was the best year. I was finally in business class, so the job wasn’t as emotionally difficult (passengers in business have much better manners). Exploring Dubai (and other places!) with my car was my favorite. I think this was the year I did the most trips during my days off to other places besides home.

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So here I am, putting in my resignation. A little sudden, a little unsure, but excited about what comes next ! And having a little normalcy return to my day – to – day. Seeing  my family without fighting jet lag. Being home for Christmas. BABIES!

So lets see what 2017 holds.

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Merry Christmas 2015

Merry Christmas from the big apple ! My “christmas” isn’t until later and I fly to California on the 27th. I will meet up with the family then. But until then — I have got my ex-ek fam to keep me company! It was such a lucky and amazing meet up , so great that it was able to happen !

Love you guys so much.

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Hobbiton

I have been flying for almost 3 years, and have had at least 10 layovers in Auckland. I just can’t believe it took me this long to take the 2 hour drive and visit Hobbiton, the little town used in the Lord of the Rings film and also The Hobbit.

It was the cutest.

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They took us all in a huge tour bus with “Hobbiton” on the side, and drove us onto this man’s private farm. It is 1,200 acres with 11,000 lamb and sheep. I can’t believe Peter Jackson found the perfect 14 acres used in the movie, hidden in so much land!

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The Baggins (Frodo and Bilbo) hobbit home!  (above)

prettiest hobbit home in Hobbiton. (below)

And after a cold ale at The Green Dragon Inn, we called it a good hobbit day.

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Stacking Mac’s

Melbourne, Australia 
I have two hours before I need to start getting ready for my 13 hour flight back to Dubai.

I am pigging out on macaroons and enjoying the sugar rush. 

  

It’s my 4th day out of this 5 day trip. It started with me in the airport standby lounge (place you stay at for 4 hours, bags packed and lipstick on, in case you are needed on a flight because another crew member was late or forgot their passport or whatever else life throws at crew last minute). I had made it halfway through, 2 of the 4 hours (which means at this point , you start thinking you might not be used, you will have the rest of the day off). But no day off for me, instead it was a 12 hour flight ! And a 5 day trip.

That morning when I was packing, I had no idea where I might be flying that day. Which means you are packing for hot and cold weather. I did not expect to be gone for 5 days and thankfully I had enough underwear , hehe.

Yesterday I was in Auckland , New Zealand. That post is next , I am so excited. I went to a famous little town a couple hours drive from Auckland. This places comes from a very famous movie. 

Can you guess it? 

Mr Noah.

I like every single one of his songs. How have I not heard of him before?!

You remind me of cigarettes
The way I hold you in my chest
The way you kiss me
With your filter breath
And I keep thinking
I’m getting over this

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So, even after all my visits to JFK, and the fact that my friend works there, I still hadn’t been to the United Nations.

But that changed during this layover.

And I got to witness the tour, lead by Hichem! It was so cool. To be honest, I didn’t think I would enjoy it as much as I did!