Countries Visited (not including Turnarounds): Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Great Britain, Greece, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, North Korea, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United States, Vatican City
London | Perth | Sydney | Melbourne
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Kangaroo with a Sweet Tooth
Kronicles of Kris
The Adventures of Alle Malice
Joel's trek across Asia/Europe in a Hilux
Phil's Wine Site
I Can Has Cheezburger
The Flying Pinto
Girl on Raw
Things Bogans Like
Bobby at Up, Up and a Gay
Straight Guy in the Queer Skies
Skin by Falter
Friday, June 29, 2007Anyone heard Dschinghis Khan's Moskau? I had that in my head pretty much the whole flight. And wasn't it a cruisy flight, only one service, and on the way there we had 22 passengers in business, on the way back a whopping 12. Plus on the way there we had a VIP in first class. Who else but Kostya Tszyu! So cool...
Mind you, there were dramas during the entire trip. Like the three girls who just barely looked 21 who knocked back double scotches as if it were water. The computers at briefing being down, then arriving at immigration and having to wait almost an hour and a half as they wouldn't accpet our paperwork and needed new papers faxed through. Arriving at the hotel 4 whole hours after we landed in Moscow. Going out to do some sightseeing, and for some reason I was allergic to something there, because I couldn't go 5 minutes without sneezing. then waking up the next morning with the ugliest rash on my face. I tell you what, MAC does wonders at covering such gross things. So yeah, after all that, here's the photos I took. Also got these beautiful Matroyshka dolls, which now have a home above my TV.
Me before the onset of that ugly rash.
So... now I have about 600 Roubles which I cannot exchange ANYWHERE outside of Russia, which is very annoying. The exchange office had to close when we were having our pickup, so convenient. Any crew mates going to Russia, let me know...
Coming up this month, I scored London Gatwick, the 4 day Milan (Oh Yeah!), Alexandria (What??? I'm top bid!), Vienna and Perth, but I'm going to try to swap the Perth, as it's close to my leave anyway. Will keep you guys informed.13 comments
The next day we all decided to head over to Kyoto as it was more the traditional side of Japan and in quite stark contrast to Osaka and it's massive skyscrapers.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007Just wanted to let you guys know I've hit 10,000 visitors. Having a mini-celebration in my lonely apartment (For those who didn't know Ash moved out) with some ice cream and peanut M&M's. Was after some Maltesers, but alas it skipped my mind when I was in Carrefour.
In 2 days time I'm off to Osaka, which should be very interesting. Been hearing about this store called MUJI, and on advice from a mate here I feel like checking it out. Also have a Moscow afterward, which I swapped for a KL, as I'd never been there before. Then after that I have a flight to Malta. I came back from Malta 2 days ago, and this was after coming back from Perth the day before, and I was so tired, just slept, had drinks with the crew, then felt too crook to go out for dinner, and went to bed. Considering it's one of the most sought after flights in our network I felt so bad doing nothing while I was there. But I have this next one coming up so will try and sneak in some photos for you guys.
In the meantime take care of yourselves. Never know when I might pop up next in Perth... 7 comments
Thursday, June 14, 2007Was pretty lucky this month. Had my birthday 'off' (it was actually a rest day, and I couldn't do a great deal, plus my mates were either on leave or on layovers), and got exactly what I bid for. Beijing was one of those flights. I tried to get the two day layover, but wasn't so lucky, and a 30 hour layover I could easily settle for.
Quite a bit of it was under construction as well, so that it's biggest tourist attractions would be fit for the hoardes of tourists expected to visit the city during and shortly after the Olympic games. It still had it's little charms and I had a much better time here than, say, Shanghai.The Silk Market was particularly interesting. Shopping wise this is the place tourists flock to (I guess the only way a local would be caught dead here is if they were workign there) and from start to finish you get hounded in broken english to buy all sorts of things you don't need. At one stage I walked past a stall selling pashminas and the sales assistant (and I am not exaggerating here) grabbed my wrist, had it in some sort of monkey grip and hauled me into the store. My shoe's rubber soles were no match for her. I had no interest in purchasing a pashmina but she was keen. I finally broke away, wrist still quite red and sore. It was in a tug-of-war for a good 3 minutes. Psychedelic Tobogganing at the Great Wall of China
Claude, our wonderful purser, enjoying himself on the kiddies toboggan
I'm sure if I stuck my neck out further I'd reach Mongolia
And if you hadn't figured it out already, I'm at the Great Wall of China
Making the most of a Forbidden City that's heavily under construction
Just admiring the incredibly intricate paint work
The Emperor's throne
The wall the concubines had to climb up to catch a glimpse of life outside the Forbidden City.
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I know, it's been ages since my last post. But I'm a slacker by nature. I have always meant to post photos, but these have to be done with captions, and then I feel compelled to write a whole novel, and so put it off. So yeah, just gonna put up as much stuff as I can now and get myself updated. And I'll start with my pictures from Sentosa Island in Singapore...
Cable car we went into on our way to Sentosa
Yuko, Marie and Maria
Me, Marko and Monpicha
Turns out I was the only one gutsy enough to hold the snake. Never done it before, and not going to do it agian any time soon...Us girls waiting for the Dolphin show
Standard hoop-jumping fare
At the beach, ready for a swim, well Marko was anyways
And Singapore isn't Singapore without some unpredictable weather. This is me drenched after riding the chair lifts in the rain. 0 comments