This time for once my update won't be after 4 months, but after barely 1 week! I will really try and keep this blog as up to date as possible. So what have I managed to do this week?
Well it all started at the airport when the day before me and Rikke left Jojo at the airport. It was suuuch a nice farewell! Many tears but mostly laughs <3 then the day after it was my turn to go. Lovely Rilke and Assturd followed me to the airport at like 4 in the morning, bless them. After sweet hugs and laughs, 50kg (4kg overweight) and a security check done, I was on the plane heading towards Madrid. This Sunday was just filled with airports and airplane, but thankfully I met Jasmin who also has worked in Gran Canaria but in Playa del ingles whom I haven't actually spent much time with , and whom I have occasionally met out on guide Mondays. So in madrid we found each other and immediately hit it of. We flew Gran Canaria -> Madrid -> Athens -> Rhodes. And as I said, thank god for Jasmin, otherwise this day would have been way to long and boring.

We landed in Rhodes 14h after we have started our trip, and tired as fudge we came to this really worn out airport, and was like ehm... what is dis... I have seen much prettier airports in my young life. And this is also where our guests will arrive, so if this would be their first impression, then our airport team really has to go the extra smile to make the guests forget how shit the airport is x).

We were greeted by our new UK manager who is super duper sweet, and she drove us to our apartment. And believe it or not, the airport is like 20-30 min from where we live! So nice, so I believe that this season we won't have as many complaints about the airport transfer being to long! Woopwoop!
We came to our apartment complex and was given our own apartments, number 5 for me and 8 for Jas, almost neighbours! And poor Jas, she had almost nothing working in her apartment x) We have quite alright apartments, really big ones and also big balconies which is nice!

The morning after we met up with Sophie who is a blueberry (this is someone who is brand new to TUI), and she has already been here for a week so we jumped in her car and went to find our way in our new home Faliraki, and we also drove around to find our hotels for the summer. The car she got wasn't the best one, but at least it went forward. And my good, almost all roads are just straight ahead! So nice! no more complicated spanish roads. Sure they drive more crazy here, but nothing beats italian driving x) I think that I will do just fine in greek traffic since I almost felt at home with the italian driving.

Day after that it was time for me and Jas to go and pick up our car. And to our amazement and hapiness we went out of the car rental, and right there stood the most beautiful car a guide can dream of. A bran new red Fiat Panda!
For some very strange reason me and Jas got way to excited about this hahaha! Even our manager said that she has never seen reps been this excited about a panda. But considering the car the poor Sophie had gotten this was a ferrari for us. And thank the loooords, this one has a aux chourd! Our season has just been saved since we can play our own music finally, and damn that base tho in the car, YASSS!

Happy as we could be we took the car and decided to see more of what Rhodes has to offer. We have only seen Faliraki which now is like a ghost town, since all the bars and clubs are closed. In a few weeks time this will be the party of the parties. All reps will come here for a night out, and we live only like 15 min walk away from the main town of Faliraki, so this is super duper nice! #bringyourdancingshoes

Lari who is my Finish best friend from Gran Canaria is also here in rhodes for the summer so he joined us for our little road trip! We first of all went to Lindos, which is this beautiful idyll little village east of the island. I'm just gonna let the picture speak for itself.


We then continued further down, and drove as south as we could since we have heard about this place called Prasonisi where there is an island that is divided from main rhodes, and is only connected via a beach. This trip took only 2 hours, so it isn't the biggest island we are on, but there is still so many beautiful places for us to explore.


Then we drove all the way up to the north to Rhodes town which is the old town, and my oh my is it beautiful! The tourist in me and the cultural and history dork took over. Thankfully Jas and me are so similar in that way and have the same interests. Whilst other people go there to shop, we came there to feel the history. And we have also found this newfound love for greek mythology. My oh my is that an interesting world! So whenever we have time we sit together and read greek mythology, all about the greek gods like Zeus, Hades, Apollo and so on. And what better place to do this than in the old town of Rhodes when you are in the middle of this humongous old castle.

*Side story; so as guides, overtime you get a car, you need to give it a name. In sicily we had a old and rusty car that we called Stefano, and Oscar had a beautiful car we called Felicia. In Gran Canaria we had 6 different cars for the Puerto Rico Squad, and they all had names such as P-wagon, Rojolainen, Ompalompa and so on, which is a good way to differentiate the cars. So of course when me and Jas got our beautiful red panda, we thought okay, since we have found this new love for greek mythology we need to give it a greek name. And we had just found the perfect one. Pandora.
Let me tell you the story about the pandora box. Bare with me since I am a shit story teller, but this Pandora was according to greek mythology the first woman on earth who has recieved all the powers of the gods, and one thing that pandora got was also curiosity. Pandora was given this box that she was told she was never allowed to open, but curious as she was she opened up the box. But that box was filled with all the evil in the world such as; misery, deceases, starvation, poorness and all horrible things you can imagine. All this, Pandora let out in the world since she opened up the box, and in panic pandora closed the box . Little did she know that the only thing she didn't let out was... hope.
So now we call our car pandoras box, because the only thing that is left is hope. Which we can need some days when we might have a shit day, we can just get in the car, put on some up lifting music and say that at least we have hope left.

Today and the next two days we will start smiles academy and have all this training regarding summer 17, which is long days, but good refreshing of what is to come. Then I think we will have some excursion we will go on and more time to explore, and before we know it, its time to go blue! (working)

And might I just add that greek is such a hard language!! It was quite okay to go from italian to spanish, but going from spanish to greek is like going from arabic to chinese. I keep saying hola and gracias to everyone.... We will see if I will even manage to learn any greek at all. At least the tsatsiki is ah-mazing!


But until next time!

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6 months and 13 days later it is time to say goodbye to Puerto Rico and to Gran Canaria. This has been the fastest 6 months I think in my entire life. Time has really flown by here. And I think it all has to do with my amazing team. They say time goes faster when you are having fun. At this rate I need to stop having fun or I will be 80 years old in a wheelchair in the blink of an eye.


What I will miss:

Working with the Taurito Squad.
All the movie nights in the bungalow.
Moonlight cinema.
Dinner in suite princess, and the chocolate souffle friday.
Las Palmas.
Primark.
The mango chicken at taste of India.
Pre-partys in the bungalow.
Jojo and Heikkis dynamic singing duo.
All the lovely receptionists I have made friends with.
Coming home to my roomies after a long day at work.

The Puerto Rico squad!


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So we have been on this island for more than 6 months now, and I can happily say that we pretty much have seen all there is to see on this island, at least after this roadtrip!

The west side of the island has always been a bit of a mystery for us all. Mostly because the roads are very narrow, and because the motorway doesn't go that way. But after have being here for a while now we thought we had to go and explore the "dark side of the moon" a.k.a the westside.

Thank god for Rikke and her driving skills, because these roads are not easy. You have to be very confident in your driving, and really know how to keep that clutch going in a hill. And most importantly you need to know when to honk (which is almost by every corner you come). We managed to drive almost to the mid west part, then the road was closed.. We knew that this road would be closed but of course we hoped it wouldn't be. The reason for it being closed is because there has been rock slides of the mountain, and this leads to the roads being closed. :( Apparently on that side of the island it is supposed to have these really secluded beautiful beaches, which is something we who live in puerto rico could only dream about.

We then continued all the way up through the island and made it to Las Palmas for some late night shopping before the mall closed. And this itself was a stressful moment since we thought that we were going to be locked in the mall, and in panic we went out through the garage way, when there actually was a door open like 5m from where we began panicking x) Then we went with the motorway home. This was a perfect day spent with amazing company.

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We have been on different excursions and also done some team days. One of my days of me Lari, Johanna P and Johanna M went hiking to the highest point of the island called Pico de las nieves (1949m). Can you believe this. Me, hiking?!?! it's a bloody miracle that I didn't die on the way.


There is like 3 different levels to this hiking, so we all started with the bus at the same place, then the first stop the people who want's a challenge goes off and starts hiking. This is where the majority of the bus went off and left was us guides and a few others who aren't professional hikers x). Then the second level / stop everyone had to get off the bus and then we started to climb a bit. This was like a test route. So after like 15 min they said that okay if you thaught this was easy then you just continue, but if you thought it was hard then we can go back to the bus and drive up to the 3rd level.

I mean, I could easily have made the 2nd level (okay maybe not easily) but the problem was only that you couldn't enjoy anything! People were rushing so fast. I'm one of those that likes to take my time, take photos (see photo below), and actually enjoy the view from such a high altitude. So since I stopped for photos the guide came to us (since I was last obviously) and asked how it was going. And with my voice a bit out of breath I asked if it got harder than this and he said yes.


So back to the bus me and Jojo went. We drove for about 15 more minutes and made it up to the 3rd level (easiest) and thank god that we did that. We still hiked for about 2 hours to get to the top, and on the way we met up with the lvl 1 and 2's who has started earlier. It all went well till we were almost at the top, and we came to this very steep part. My gosh, I just wanted to lay down and cry. It was so hard, I was breathing so hard and had this blood taste in my mouth. And classic jackie is such a quitter but thankfully I have amazing friends who pushed me, saying all those motivational things like you can do this! Not much longer left! wop woop. And thanks to this I made it to the freaking top! I felt like I had won the olympic gold in hiking! And the view was AH-MAZING!

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Jeep and camel safari:

So I have been wanting to go on this excursion since I came, mostly so I had any idea of what I was telling the guests this excursion was about. And finally I got a day off the same as Mark!

For those of you that don't know Mark, he is the sweetest person you will ever meet. Sure sometimes he can give you mean comments on how much you eat..... (don't judge, the hotel we eat in has really good food) hahah but he is a sweetheart deep down. He is one of the British reps and he has worked for this company longer than I have been alive. No joke.


We met up early in the morning and were taken with the jeeps to playa del ingles, and these jeeps weren't the most luxurious kind of rides, but hey, it was supposed to work off road so I wasn't gonna complain.. When we got there we were met by so many other guests, and we had I think 10 jeeps filled with 8 people each. And I tell you now, there should be no more than 6 in each. 8 is just pushing it hahah. Because me and Mark was squeeze in the back with 2 lovely people from the UK, and it was not comfortable. But me trying to keep a positive mind was like, it's fine, this will be okay.

WELL then came the off road part. My oh my was this a bumpy ass ride.. I felt like I broke my back, my hips, my stomach if that is even possible, my everything! I felt like I was having a concussion and that my teeth was gonna fall out.... It wasn't the most comfortable ride no. But once again I thought that this was part of the excursion, trying to keep an open mind.


I survived the bumpy ride with my body in check, and we made it to the camel part of the day. We had a nice camel called domingo, who just looked like he had a nice soul. Such a sweetie, but he pooped a lot. This part was only for like 20 minutes, but it was enough. I felt bad for the camels, but they seemed to be treated well so that's good!

Then for the rest of the day we were done with the bumpy version/off road, so instead we went on normal roads, and drove to some really nice view points. So all in all it was a nice excursion but it really made me think about the kind of guests I send on it. I swear, if a pregnant lady goes on this excursion, no matter if she is 1 month or 9 months gone, she will give birth to that baby on that jeep.

I think the highlight of the day was our guide Gary, what a handsome man he is and he has a good sense of humour! He pretty much made this trip. And Mark of course :)

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Where do I begin..

It has been a crazy 5 months in Gran Canaria already. I have been swamped in work and had lots of things to do. I am loving this season, mostly because of my team. Gran Canaria as an island itself isn't the most beautiful one i've seen, especially after having been living on Sicily which was suuuuch a beautiful island. But it has it's good days.

So what have I been up to these past 5 months on Gran Canaria. Well it all started so sudden. We were after barely 2 weeks of studying thrown in to the work. I remember I had to hold 5 different welcome meetings in 5 different hotels that I haven't even been to. That was tough haha so everytime I feel like it's going to be a hard day I just think back to the beginning of the season and then it's like pff, this is nothing ;)

The first 2 weeks as said, we started to study the island, and I remember just thinking, how am I ever gonna learn all this?? They expect us after 2 weeks to be local experts of the destination. I have lived in gothenburg for over 18 years and I barely know anything about that city haha. It's a strange thing to do. To learn and become an expert on this one specific place, and then never have to use that information ever again. Like all the information I knew about Sicily, BYE.

So during these 2 weeks we went exploring, we went by car on our own to explore, we went on excursions, on a submarine, to the capital las palmas, to all these other small towns as well.

When we went to Las Palmas, we were dropped off by the shopping street, and then we had alone time for like 2h, and the tourist in me was like, YAS explore the shit out of this town. But the majority of people wanted to go shopping on the shopping street.. I was like nah guys, see ya! And off I went. But thankfully my gurl Tiffany joined me in my adventure time!! <3


So where do I live?

Me and my roomates are probably the luckiest ones in our team. We got the best place to live, it's like a bungalow, with such cozy decorations and you just feel so "home". Unfortunately for my other colleges who lives with the daily fight with the cockroaches. #sorrynotsorry

The Bungalow Squad: First there is Johanna, my skånska darling who is my ray of sunshine, and who always puts a smile on my face. Then there is Rikke, my danish skatt, who has taught me all the danish I know (thank you!). Rikke is also known as Slaybourn, and my ghetto partner in crime. And last but not least we have Juho, our finnish fucking roommate ! He is just a bundle of joy! I couldn't have been happier then to be living with these bunch of people for this season. Always so nice coming home after a long day of work and just to be in their company <3

#bungasquad


Well a very good thing about Gran Canaria is the plane that goes to Teneriffe where my mother lives :D I have been there already like 4 times to see her. But it's so good, it only takes 30 min to fly between our islands and it's cheap tickets aswell. And Teneriffe is actually in my opinion more beautiful than Gran Canaria, or at least from what I have seen, which is the north part of Teneriffe. My brother, his girlfriend, my sister and my aunt has all been there to visit her, and then I joined so I could meet them aswell.


I have had both Connor and Anna visiting me here in Gran Canaria during christmas and new years. It was sooo much fun having them here! Even tho it was for a short while it was so cozy! Anna spent christmas here and Connor spent new years which also happened to be his birthday woopwoop! We had a really fun new years but unfortenly classic jackie got my bag stolen, with my new phone, wallet and keys. So amazing start to the new year...

But my father has taught me not to get upset about things that can be replaced, and that everything happens for a reason. The most important part is that I'm alright, and luckily I am.

Then I also recently had my dad visit me for 1 week in Gran Canaria, and this was fun since I now knew places, and could use my guide knowledge to it's fullest ;)


The Britts!

One of my weaknesses in life is british people. They bring out the British person in me that I though I was for a very long period of my life. I was mad that I was born in Sweden and not in London. I truly believed that I was British at heart. And living in Sweden with no British friends made it more frustrating, so when I first became friends with Connor, Harrison and Fiona in Sicily, I felt like I was finally the britt I always believed I was. Since then I have always felt the urge to become friends with all the british people I meet!! And I am very known for forcing my friendship on people, but in the end it always turns out to be a mutual friendship ;) I mean let's skip the awkward "getting to know if we will become good friends" phase and aim bigger, aim for an amazing fun friendship. And this is what you will receive in the end :D

Everyone from Kelly, the tiniest person i've ever met but with the surprisingly bad ass dance moves you've ever seen, to Mitch who will crack jokes upon jokes and leave you with nothing but a big smile on your face. Or John and his whalish language that sounds like jibberish but makes you want to learn it for the fun of it. And now I have Alistair from Scotland whom I try to learn Scottish from every day, and I do think I am doing very well in this, but Ali thinks I sound indian... And Ollie, my frienemie who works for Thomas Cook, but will be working with me in Rhodes wop whoop! Can't wait to get there with you! And how can I forget about Dan, my all time crush! He is the definition of tall, pale and handsome ;) Dan only speaks sarcasm which is my favourite language, and he always cracks me up. This person is the smoothest talker you will ever meet, but he can still make you feel special <3 #imyourfavoritenodick
Anyways! Everyone of you lot I am so happy to have met this season, and I will cherish this friendship I have forced upon each and everyone of you! xx



And now to the Puerto Rico Squad:

My team, my lovely lovely team filled with so much personality, craziness and so so much laughter. I remember on the plane to gran canaria I was just thinking, god damn it, now I have to start all over again, like how do you even make friends at this age?? It's not the same as when you were a child and you asked what's your favourite color, and if they had the same favourite color as you, you immediately became best friends.

And going from such a small team as we had in Sicily (shout ot to the original family <3 ) to a big destination (the biggest one we actually have) was quite scary. SO many new people, faces, names, personalities, and I was still so lucky to end up in my team of this dysfunctional family called the puerto rico squad.

We have spent 5 months together, seeing each other on a daily bases, working together, spending holidays such as christmas, halloween, new years and birthdays. And still not be tired of each other is amazing. We barely have 1 month left then it is time to move to the next place, and start from scratch and I have to continue with my forced friendship. Ugh let's not think about that now, since I want to be with my team for everrrr! Fuck it. Let's all stay and move in to Canaima (best hotel in puerto rico) and work here for the rest of the year por favor.

Anyways shoutout to this crazy family i've made here in Gran Canaria; Johanna P, Johanna M, Rikke, Juho, Erika, Sara, Emil, William, Heikki, Astrid, Katrine, Cathrine, Lari, Jani, Diana, Viktoria, Fanny, Sofia, Matilda & Alexander - Love y'all!
(I have plenty of photos from us, and this will come in a later post ;)


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It was heartbreaking for me to say bye to my beautful Sicily. I can for sure say that Ive been there and done that. I saw all the beautiful places that island had to offer, and I really tried hard to do it in case I never go back. But now I am currently sitting on our terrace in Gran Canaria during my siesta break writing this post.

And finally I posted my video of my time in Sicily, so here it is! ENJOY! 


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Where do I start with this person. How do I describe the person who came in to my life and just made me laugh so much louder?

This little ray of sunshine came in to my life when we both started of as brand new guides for TUI. We both knew the moment we met that YAS, you and me are gonna get along. And boy did we!

Yes I am talking about you Connor Biggs.

Just the way we think, speak, tell jokes, DANCE are so similar it’s cray cray. We both have the same taste in music, and both can quote the movie white chicks by heart.

After barely 1 month I felt that I had known you my entire life, and it just felt so right! We all spent so much time together in the beginning to get to know each other, went on all these awesome excursions for like 12h , and we still didn’t get tired of each other. It really felt like we were on holiday and it was just so much fun. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our friendship holds!

You are the one I always call first when I have gossip, no matter what or where. Even if you dumped me and left for Croatia and me being left in Sicily we still manage to always catch up and have a laugh. Even tho that we are not in the same place I still can call you whenever, even if that means you having a bath and me being on my way home.

Love You to bits Connor Allan Biggs



 I love all of my best mates, and from time to time I will post an appreciation posts ;)

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I barely even landed in Sicily and then I was back at work. It's quite different how much you work. Back home I used to work as a receptionist with hours like 9-17 monday -friday and all you did was counting down the hours and days til it was weekend. You filled out that you worked 7,25 hours, sometime if you stayed 30 more minutes then you put it as overtime.

Like hours and minutes was so much more important then. Now I don't even think about the hours and minutes, I think about if I have airport, excursions, guide online. It's so much nicer in a way since things always happen and you're not really stuck in this hamster wheel.

So now I'm back in Giardini-Naxos til tuesday. Then I go back to Cefalu for 2 days, then come back here again. I miss Cefalù already, and my firecat squad there, but it's also so nice coming back to my nordic squad!

Let's see what the last 2 months will hold!

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I am currently chilling at Rome's airport waiting for my connecting flight to Sicily to get back to work. 

So this past week I've been home and got to see my family and my dogs, so lovely to see them! Then I also had some time to meet my girls! So much fun hanging with everyone again. But the reason I took this vacation is as said because my brother got married!

My oh my it was the most beautiful and emotional wedding I've ever been to (and also the only wedding I've ever been too) but they definitely put the bar high. I cried so much all the time! I cried in the church, at the reception, when we held speeches, their first dance! #crybaby. The atmosphere was so nice! Everyone was in a great mood, and I got to be a bridesmaid and I got a beautiful ring from Mia my now sister-in-law as a thank you and I felt so honored.  It really has been such a wonderful weekend! Pics will come soon! :) 


See you in Sicily!

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