Countries Visited (not including Turnarounds): Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Brasil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Great Britain, Greece, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, North Korea, Philipines, Russia, Singapore, Seychelles, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United States, Vatican City
London | Perth | Sydney | Melbourne
Seatguru - Most Comfy Seats On Any Airline
pprune.org - Pilot's rumour network
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
Tuesday, July 31, 2007Right, so after arriving into Dubai from my London flight (which was REALLY bad) I had less than 9 hours to get ready. (Well, there was less than 9 hours between the arrival time of the London flight and the departure of the Vienna flight, so in reality, taking into account it took DXB a whopping 1.5 hours to locate my suitcase, I had about 6 hours to myself in my apartment, 3 of which was spent sleeping) I was VERY tired, and considered calling sick, but alas upon reflecting on how little flying I had done, I needed the $$$ and operated the flight. Plus I'd never been to Vienna before.
Went out with 2 of the crew, Stephanie and Laura, Steph was in the same position as me and had never seen the city before, whereas Laura had and just wanted a walk. The one thing I wanted to do most in the city was go to a classical music concert of some sort. My dad brought me up on classical music, and yeah many high school years were spent practicing Beethoven on the piano. Steph was keen, but Laura wasn't, so I was glad that someone actually wanted to go.
Steph and I under our umbrellas
The Hofburg Palace, home of the Habsburg emperors until early last centry. And also where the concert was being held.
The amazing stage (actually the entire building was very plush and in very good condition)
Percussionist getting cheeky with the conductor
So, after an amazing month of flights, I'm now on Reserve until mid-September. I go back to Perth for 2 weeks, and I have another Business Promotion at the start of September, but I've already done one turnaround and things look to be headed in that direction. I remember my last reserve period, Karachi, Kuwait, Karachi, with a few BP events thrown in for good measure. Will keep you guys posted if I get anything half-decent.
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Friday, July 27, 2007One of the relatively unknown parts of our job is promotional representation. As we happen to be the face of the airline, we get called upon to go somewhere, and stand in photos, in uniform, representing the airline. I'd done a few events in Dubai, but this month I travelled to London for my first overseas gig. A group consisting of 2 Aussies and 2 Kiwis went, to represent the company at TOAST, which is the Australian Food and Wine Festival held in the UK. This year it was held in the gorgeous Fulham Palace, and having worked at these type of events before moving to Dubai, knew it was just an excuse for everyone to get drunk, and by day one it was certainly messy. My shoes were well and truly covered in mud, my stockings were splattered as well, and I wasn't even drinking! The grooming dept would have been less than impressed.
The best part was that on the Australia day, Kath and Kim rocked up, and challenged two old Neighbours boys to a sandwich-making contest. (Blair McDonagh and Johnathon Dutton for those who can remember that long ago) I do have a photo with K&K, but I'm in uniform, so I'm not going to post it :-(
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The Duomo in the Milan City Centre
The most stunning shopping plaza I have ever seen, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. Houses Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, and also a McDonalds
Next up is promotional work - they're sending me to London for TOAST which should be cool. And then after that is Vienna...
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Sunday, July 15, 2007So, on our second full day we all decided to go to Florence, as we had all heard great things about the place.
Packed with tourists, I guess if you wanted something romantic then Venice would be the way to go, but if you're interested in architechture and sculptures to die for, then this was the place. Yasmin decided to sit this one out, not that you'd notice, I didn't take any group shots!
The Baptism of Christ, by Andrea Sansovino, above the gates of paradise at the Battistero di San Giovanni
An octagonal building! You don't find these everywhere... Battistero di San Giovanni, said to be the oldest building in Fiorenze, in the Piazza del Duomo
Doors that seem to want to keep people out, found on the Santa Maria del Fiore
Palazzo Vecchio, and plenty of tourists.
The massive Piazza della Signoria, and where we had lunch...
At first I thought that his parents made him wear those sock with sandals, then I noticed that neither parent was doing it. So yeah, I know when I was was his age it was daggy, didn't know it was cool all of a sudden. Maybe I'm showing my age.
A replica of Michelangelo's David outside the Palazzo Vecchio, on the Piazza della Signoria. Didn't know where to find the original to be honest (But later found out it was at the Galleria dell'Academia, and that photos are, apparently, not allowed anyway)2 comments
Saturday, July 14, 2007
This month I was blessed with what is probably the most coveted flight in our network for crew to operate. For 1.5 years I've been bidding , and finally I scored the 4 day Milan. The flight over was heaven - 26 passengers on 42 seats, all other classes were chock-a-block. It is hard work, don't get me wrong, we had 2 services to do in 5.5 hours. But the cool crew and lovely passengers were a perfect start to things.
So what do you do with a 4 day Milan layover? Get out of Milan of course! I also bid for Venezia this month, but didn't get the flight, so I had to go during my stay.
The first thing we saw when we left the train station
The St. Maria in Nazaret
The perfect day to go on a gondola...
A lot of people and not a lot of space
The stunning Basilica at the Piazza St. Marco
Only in Italy are the churches this gorgeous and well-decorated
A very crowded Piazza St Marco
You can't go to Venezia and not ride a gondola. From left, Karmela, me, Yasmin, Paul, Abigail (Philipines) and Vanesa
Where Marco Polo used to live, now an old opera house
Our driver, and in the background is the place (I think it's a prison but I'm not entirely sure) where Cassanova was held
Funny photo time - Abigail, Yasmin, Vanessa and Karmela
So, next post should be Florence and Milan. Blogger decided to be a pain to me today, this post alone taking 5 hours to complete from all the uploading I had to do. Enjoy and take care...
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