Finally I got to see my family and friends again after a really long time. I've looked forward for this flight the whole month, and these 24 hours couldn't have been spent any better way.

First when I arrived to the city I saw my dad, granddad and brother waiting for me. I didn't even know that my brother was coming along, so it was such a nice surprise. We went for a walk to Aker Brygge where we sat down to have a coffee in the sun at a pavement café. The weather was absolutely amazing and not too cold, even though it was actually snowing a little bit at the same time as the sun was shining. The Norwegian weather does not really surprise me anymore, I just hope that it will get a little bit warmer before I'm going back for my vacation in May.

Later I met up with my friends for dinner at our usual hang out restaurant, and I was soo excited to finally see them again! I miss them so much in Dubai and wish that they all could just come with me. But at the other side the happiness is so much bigger when we haven't seen eachother in a while, and it seems like everything is the same even though it's been a long time.

After dinner we finished the evening having some cocktails at The Thief. They have the craziest drinks in the way of how they're designed and the nicest atmosphere, so we stayed for a couple of hours before I had to head back to the hotel.

I'm soon going to go for breakfast in the hotel before I have my flight back to Dubai. Today I'm taking back a couple of "VIP" guests as my mom and stepfather is travelling as passengers on my flight. They are going to stay with me for a couple of days, and I can't wait to show them my home ❤️

Design your blog - select from dozens of ready-made templates or make your own; simply “point & click” - click here!

Likes

Comments

Today I catched up with my Norwegian friend here in Dubai. We decided to meet up at St. Regis Hotel to go to a french place called Brasserie Quartier. It was a really nice place with marble covered interior, velour furnitures, huge chandeliers and live piano background music.

Yesterday I went out to celebrate that my service assessment finally is over, which means that I'm going to graduate, so we decided to go for a late lunch today. We spent almost the whole day at Brasserie Quartier - having seafood for lunch, coffee and tea and talking about everything. It's so nice to have some friends that you can speak to in your own language, and it's kind of wierd how much you appreciate it when you're being away from your home country.

After lunch I decided to stop by Dubai Mall to see if I could find some clothes, as I really need a warmer wardrobe for my layovers. I got so sick when I was in Stockholm about a week ago, so I definitely had to buy some items before I go on my next flight to Oslo. Even though it's warm all year around in Dubai they sell seasonal fashion, so I found a wool sweater and a jacket that will keep me warm for my upcoming layovers in Europe. I have two more flights for this month, and I'm super excited about my first flight to OSL. I can't wait to see my friends and family again, it's been soo long since I last saw some of them! ❤️

  • DAY-TO-DAY
  • 183 readers

Likes

Comments

Hello from Australia. After a long flight I finally arrived here yesterday. I was a little bit nervous about this flight as it was in the middle of the night and I've never had such a long flight before. It took 13 hours from Dubai, but luckily it felt a lot quicker than expected. Actually I enjoy working during the night, even thought it's akward working hours, so I guess that helped me a little bit. On these long flights we also get a couple of hours of rest inside of a crew rest compartment onboard, and that really helped a lot as well to get some sleep in the middle of the flight.

Today I woke up very early as the only thing I did yesterday was to order room service and then go to sleep. I was so tired that I couldn't go anywhere or bother to do anything. So after breakfast today I took a stroll in the city before I decided to take a taxi to go to an Australian wildlife park in the mountains. The road was zig zag all the way up so I almost got sick on the way there, but when we first got there I felt fine. The reason why I chose to go to this park instead of the zoo nearby was because the park offer koala holding, and I really wanted to do that. The animals in this park is also so domesticated that you can feed them by hand, so I gave them some food for animals that was sold at the entrance to the park.

So after walking around in the park feeding all of the different animals I went to see this little fluffy koala. His name was Koko and he was a full grown male koala. He was soo cute, but he just woke up from his nap so he was a little bit grumpy and also a little bit smelly. 

I'm so happy that I spent my layover to visit this park. Even though it was a long drive it was definitely worth it. Now I have to get ready for my 13 hours flight back to Dubai ✈️🌎

Likes

Comments

Yesterday I went with my Swedish friend Anna for some wine & dine, and since both of us had a day off today we decided to meet up early to go to the beach. The weather was so H.O.T it´s unbelievable. It´s hard to understand that it´s going to be even warmer temperatures here for the summer. I think it was around 37 degrees today - even my Iphone died because of the temperature. Well.. At least the ocean is still cooling, so we survived even though we didn´t stand to lay still for that long before we had to find us a place to sit in the shade. 

So first we went to grab some lunch and then we went to have a look at this small market that is located at the beach. This is actually my favourite of the public beaches here in Dubai because there are so many restaurants and things going on around. And it´s also the home of two camels that is always laying and relaxing at the beach 🐫☀

Tomorrow is my last rest day before it´s back to work again, and I´m excited about flying to my next destination as I´ve never been there before. It´s always nice with some days off here in Dubai, but then it´s always good to get back to work again. Especially beause every day at work feels like a new adventure when travelling.

Likes

Comments

✈Karachi, Pakistan ✈Casablanca, Morocco ✈Amman, Jordan ✈Paris, France ✈Vienna, Austria ✈Frankfurt, Germany ✈Hong Kong, China.

Wow. Time flies by so quickly that I completely forget which destinations I was travelling to at the beginning of the month. I cannot even believe that my friends was here to visit me earlier this month as well. It feels like it´s ages ago. From this month I really cannot pick a favourite from the places that I went to because all of them are so different from eachother with their own charm and charachter.

This month I was lucky enough to get to experience 4 new destinations on layover that I´ve never been to before, and in total traveling to 7 places.

I´m so excited for my April roster as I get to go home to Oslo, not just once but twice! I am soo happy that I get to see my friends and family again, and I cannot wait to operate the Norwegian flight for the first time! In the middle of the month I also have my three-day service training course back in college, which is the last thing that I´ll do before I get to graduate in May. I am so excited about my graduation, so April will be the last month that completes the learning process for my probational period. Can´t wait 😊

  • WORK
  • 291 readers

Likes

Comments

Yesterday I was out celebrating my flatmates 25th birthday with dinner and drinks before we went clubbing. It was such a fun night and it was so nice to finally get to meet all of Laurènes friends 💛

As we stayed up all night we were so tired and exhausted when we woke up this morning, so we decided to go to the beach for some recovery. We went to Jumeirah Beach Hotel which is located right in front of the Burj Al Arab. I´ve never been there before, but the beach and the pool area was really nice. We arrived quite late so we had to move to the pool area already after one hour at the beach, because the sun already startet to set and the Burj were blocking it.

Even though we didn´t get the greatest tan it was really nice to go there just to relax and to get out of the flat for a coulpe of hours. So we just spent some hours by the pool, having some lunch there before we went back home. Hopefully I´ll get a couple of more relaxing beach days here in Dubai on my following days off, as the weather is absolutely amazing now. It has been raining and storming here in Dubai the last week, so it´s always nice when the sun comes back. Luckily it is plenty of opportunities here in Dubai even when the weather is not that nice, but my favourite thing about Dubai are the beaches and the beach life, so I am alwas happy when I wake up and see that the sun is shining outside ☀😊

Likes

Comments

Last time I visited China I was not too excited about it and honestly I didn't like it that much, but Hong Kong definitely made me change my mind. This city literally has everything and it's so vibrant and exciting.

Yesterday when we arrived at the hotel I planned together with one of the girls to meet up and go to The Victoria Peak which is a mountain in the city. A tram takes you all the way up to the mountain, and at the top it is an amazing 360 panorama view over the city. We planned to go to see the sunset, but the queue took so long that when we first got up it was already completely dark. However the view was really nice with all of the city lights, but we didn't get to take any nice pictures as we were hoping for. It was also freezing cold there as the wind was so heavy, so after dinner and seeing the view we went straight back again with the tram. The queue was quite long for the way back as well, so we bought some hot chocolate to keep ourselves warm.

We went back to the hotel and decided to go for a walk in the city centre, but after the long nightflight and following day without any sleep we decided to go back quite early to get some rest. We talked about maybe going out for some drinks as we heard that the nightlife in Hong Kong is worth to loose some sleep over, but I'll save that for my next visit.

The following day I really wanted to get up super early not to lose any more time of my layover, but my body clock refused to wake up when my alarm went off at 7am, so I had breakfast around 10am before I went out for shopping. Usually I do some shopping on most of my layovers but it's rarely that I find that much, but Hong Kong was a shopping Mecca! My suitcase was so heavy on the way back to Dubai from all of the things that I bought. Mostly it was a lot of skincare products as China is full of crazy and funny products that you don't find anywhere else. I think I spent nearly 1,5 hour in this make up store and I went out with the biggest shopping bag ever. Sadly I didn't get to spend that much time this day as my flight back to Dubai departured early between afternoon/evening.

I could have easily spent a day more or two in Hong Kong for shopping and some more sightseeing. So if I get the opportunity I would be more than happy to come back to this big city. 24 hours is really not enough to explore this place.

Likes

Comments

Today I woke up in Paris again. The weather was grey and it was a little bit windy and cold, so I decided not to go to the city centre this time. So yesterday after the flight I went up to my room for a shower before I headed to a mall that is located close to the hotel. I was planning to shop for some clothes, but I didn't find that much so I'll save the shopping for later. When I got back to the hotel again I saw some of the crew sitting in the bar at the hotel so I just joined them for a glass of wine before going to bed.

Usually I try to have the buffet breakfast at the hotel, but today I woke up too late so I just ordered some Parisian continental breakfast from the room service with some coffee, toast and croissants. Now I'm getting ready for my flight back to Dubai where I have a couple of days off before my next flight on Friday ✈️

  • WORK
  • 361 readers

Likes

Comments

The last day that my friends from home were here in Dubai I got rostered for airport standby, so I packed my suitcase not knowing where I would be going to next. I´ve never had such a heavy suitcase before with both summer and winter clothes, not knowing if I would come back to Dubai the same night or stay away for a week.

Later the same night I went to the headquarters and after a couple of hours I got pulled out to go to Paris. Ofcourse it was a little bit sad to leave my friends behind here in Dubai, not being able to be with them on their last day and to go with them to say goodbye at the airport. But Paris was definitely not the worst place beeing pulled out for, and luckily the rest of the crew was amazing and the flight was really good. Flights like this really makes me realize why I love this job so much ✈❤

Even though it´s stressful sometimes in this job not to know what will happen the next day, it is also exciting to live by the saying "come what may" and to just go with the flow. It´s so wierd how the lifestyle is with having dinner in Dubai not knowing where you will be the next day, then you end up in Paris having your lunch and some sightseeing before heading back to Dubai again.

It was an intense 24 hours in Paris and the layover passed by so quickly, but I enjoyed coming back to this wonderful city. I think it is about 8 years or more since I visited Paris last time, so it almost felt like it was my first time as I didn´t remember that much. We went to see the Eiffel Tower before we had some lunch at a pavement café and then we walked to Musée du Louvre before heading back to the hotel. I went to bed quite early as I didnt sleep the night before, but I´m going back to Paris again next week, so maybe I´ll get to spend some more time in the city during my next visit 😊


  • TRAVEL, WORK
  • 376 readers

Likes

Comments

Just wanted to upload some snapshots from my days off when my friends came to visit me. It has almost been like a mini vacation for me during their stay cause we've been so busy doing a lot of things here in Dubai. They stayed here for 10 days, so we have enjoyed our time together with lazy days at the beach, a lot of good food and we also did some sightseeing around the city 😊 The days passed by so quickly, but it´s been sooo nice to have them around and to get to show them where I live. Can´t wait to have them back here again ❤

Likes

Comments

The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of Emirates.