I think I just realized that I'm in love with Italy in general 🇮🇹❤️

I just got back to my hotel room after being in the city, exploring what Rome has to offer. This city is just so beautiful, amazing and everything else. I cannot even describe how much I like this place. I have a feeling that I say this about so many of the places that I go to, but Rome is just something special. I love the atmosphere, the culture and history of this city.

While walking around in these streets I cannot even imagine how all of this was built, and that it's still standing. It's too much to process in one day, and I didn't even get to see everything I would like to see before the day ended.

Since we got in to the city quite late in the afternoon, we didn't manage to do that much. Our first stop was to see Colosseum before we went through the small streets to find a place to sit outside and have some dinner and wine. Later we went to Fontana di Trevi, and ofcourse I had to toss a coin in the fountain to make sure I'm returning 🙏🏼

We ended the whole night with gelato for dessert before we decided to go back to the hotel. I really didn't want to leave, I think I could have spent the whole night just walking around getting even more impressed and inspired of the beauty of this city.

Honestly I think I'm gonna cry a little bit tomorrow when I have to leave 🙈

At the same time, this will be my last flight before I go on summer holidays, and I can't wait to start my vacation. After all, this was the best end of the working week, and I'm definetely bidding to come back here. Or maybe just plan to come back on some of my days off 😊

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✈Cape Town, South Africa ✈Kuwait, State of Kuwait ✈Phuket, Thailand ✈Hyderabad, India ✈Manila, Philippines ✈Karachi, Pakistan ✈Venice, Italy ✈Oslo, Norway

Today I'm spending the day together with friends by the pool here in Dubai. It's super hot outside and we're almost melting away. But I need to work on my tan which has totally faded away during the summer.

Thought I should upload a travel map from this month as well to sum up where I've been. It's been quite a few flights and I've had not too many days off, but it's been ok working now that the weather has been so warm here in Dubai.

I'm so excited about July because I will have 2 weeks of leave and go on vacation to Europe. Finally I will enjoy the European summer for more than 24 hours. Just crossing my fingers for perfect temperatures and nice weather 🤞🏼😊

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BONJOURNO ❤️

I don't even know how to describe this incredibly beautiful place. Walking around these streets makes you feel like you're in a movie. There's old and historical buildings and chapels everywhere, the streets are separated by water canals and connected by bridges, and there's galleries, culture and art everywhere. Of course there's a lot of tourists all around the city centre, but even though, it still has that genuine and romantic atmosphere. Wow, how I love this city.

Not to mention the Italian food! I've had both pizza, pasta and gelato the last 24 hours, and I still feel like I could have even more. It's just too yummy 🍦🍕 Maybe it is a good thing that I'm leaving already. I honestly think I could have gained 10kgs if I stayed here for a week 😋

No, really. This place has to be one of my favourites so far. Especially during summertime. Feeling the climate and temperature here makes me miss European summer. It was so nice to be able just to sit outside with sunrays hitting your face while having a glass of wine. Or just to walk around in the city feeling the sun and the nice breeze without it being too hot. It's just amazing and definitely something else than the Dubai summer.

I enjoyed every single minute of this layover and wish that I could have stayed for a little bit longer. Nothing more to say, just - LOVE -

Now I only have one more flight for this month. Cannot believe how time flies.

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Tonight I met up with my girls and we went together for Iftar in a restaurant at JBR. Ramadan has been up for a bit more than 2 weeks now, but since I'm not fasting myself, this was my first Iftar ever. Basically it is the meal that is served after sunset to break the day's fast. It's a tradition to break the fast with dates and water, so this is what we first got served at the table together with a local drink that was made out of either dates or apricot. After that we had some kind of a sharing menu consisting of 2 different appetizers, a tapas sharing plate, main dish and dessert. So it was a lot of food!

It was so nice to see the girls again. I haven't seen any of them for over a month now because all of us are flying all the time. So that's how crewlife is - everyone is all over the world and it's rare that we are in Dubai at the same time. At least I go to to see some of them tonight, and I think I'm gonna meet up with them again tomorrow morning to hang out by a hotel pool before I'm off to work in the evening 😊

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I figured that it is such a long time since I've posted anything from Dubai, so I decided to make a quick update. This morning I woke up early to go to convert my driving license, so that I can finally be able to drive a car here in UAE. Since I was already going to the city centre I decided to pack my gym wear and swimsuit so that I could go directly to one of the hotels that we have access to here in Dubai.

As cabin crew we have a lot of different entries to hotels and other discounts around the city, which is really nice. So after I picked up my UAE driving license, I went to Shangri-La to use the gym facilities before I met up with one of my Norwegian friends by the pool area. It's been a while since I last saw her, so we just spent the whole day catching up and tanning. It's so hot here at the moment, so I haven't been outside by any beach or pool in Dubai for several weeks. But actually it was not too bad as long as we had the possibility to cool ourselves down 💦

On my way home I decided to go to the hairdresser to do a small makeover as I was so tired of my long hair. So now my hair is a bit shorter than what I'm usually used to. But I really like it, so i might just try to keep it like this for a while 💇🏽

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I thought that my beach destinations was done with for a while, but suddently I ended up in Phuket after receiving a swap for my flight which was supposed to be to London.

At the moment it's raining season here in Thailand, but even though it looks a little bit cloudy on the pictures, the temperature has been really nice and the sun has been peeking out every now and then. It seems like the sun is so much stronger and different here from Dubai. At least I got a small sunburn during the hours we spent by the pool ☀️

We arrived to the hotel early in the morning, so I got to spend the whole day at this beautiful resort enjoying the surroundings and having some authentic Thai food.

Usually it feels good to go back to Dubai again, but this is one of the times that I really don't want to leave. Just wish I had some more days to spend here to enjoy a bit more and explore more of the city. But I'm hoping that the opportunity will come up sooner or later 😊

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This morning I arrived back home after spending 24 hours in Cape Town. I´ve never been before, and this was my first time in South Africa. It was actually one of the destinations that i bidded for this month, so it was a good way of starting off June. The night we arrived I met up with almost all of the crew to go for dinner at the waterfront. There were so many shops and restaurants, so it was a really nice area. I didn´t try the steaks though, so next time I will definitely have to try as they say that the best meat is to be found in South Africa. After visiting the waterfront by night, I really think it would be a great area to go to during the daytime as well to do some good shopping and have a nice lunch. In my opinion everything was quite inexpensive, so I guess that you can go crazy with the shopping if you´d like to. But I had already planned with some of the crew to go with them to visit some touristic places the following day.

One of the girls knew of this local guide that takes crew to different places in Cape Town, so we met up with him early in the morning to manage to see something before we had to leave for our flight in the afternoon. As I didn´t have that much sleep the night before I was super tired and overslept, so I had such a rush in the morning. I just made it to meet the others in the lobby before we left the hotel, and we spent the whole day with this tour guide. First we went to Boulders Beach where you can find African penguins. I never thought that penguins had natural habitats in South Africa, but they lived a whole colony at this beach. There was even a lot of baby penguins and mothers breeding, and they were so cute🐧

Later we went to Cape of Good Hope and did a short hike up the mountain. The view was amazing and the nature in Cape Town is unlike anything I´ve seen before with white beaches and tall and pointy mountains surronded by sea. We spent almost 6 hours driving around seeing places, so it was quite a long day but it was worth it.

When we got back to the hotel I was even more tired than before, so I was a bit nervous about the long night flight back to Dubai, but it actually went really well. Some times it can be a challenge with the night flights as the passengers are sleeping and it´s usually not as busy as normal. But this time the crew was so nice and we had lots of fun working together, so we managed to keep eachother awake with no problem. I had a really nice layover in Cape Town, and if I go some time in the future I will definitely pack my sports wear again so that I can do some more hiking in the mountains.

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✈Baghdad, Iraq ✈Sydney, Australia ✈Mauritius, Republic of Mauritius x 2 ✈Seychelles, Republic of Seychelles x 2

I just landed back in Dubai and it's 42 degrees celsius outside. I cannot believe that it's gonna be even warmer day by day. This is my first summer in Dubai, and I'm already complaining about the heat, but I've heard that this is nothing compared to the July temperature. So I guess I'll just have to wait and see. Hopefully I'll survive 🤞🏼😉

During May I've only been to destinations that has been new to me, so it's been a really nice month. Because of my leave I didn't have as many flights as I usually do, so next month will be a little bit busier, but as always I'm really excited 😊

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Right now I'm sitting at the exactly same balcony in the same hotel room in Seychelles which I did 6 days ago, and I'm thinking about how seriously beautiful life is. I know it sounds like a cliché and that especially as a Norwegian you are not supposed to say that. But I feel truly blessed about the life that I have, and still after seven months I have to pinch myself to understand that this actually is my life. I am happier than I have ever been, and I live and learn something new every day. I just can't describe how grateful I am 🙏🏼

So... This was my last beach destination for a while. Haha. It's been great, and as I've already mentioned it has felt like a mini vacation for the last couple of weeks. 2 times Mauritius and 2 times Seychelles. Really nothing to complain about. But now I'm excited to see some new places, and I can't wait for June to begin. So many new and exciting destinations, and it will finally be summer in Europe. Couldn't be any better.

As you can see I couldn't resist the coconuts at the beach today. Omg. They're soo good 😍 Honestly, that must be the best thing about Seychelles😜🌴

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Second time in a week that I'm here, and if possible even better than last time. The weather has been absolutely amazing all day, and the only thing I've done is to lay at the beach listening to the waves and the birds singing. I'm totally in love with this place and will definetely bid to come back here soon 🌊💙

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