Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania Dhaka, Bangladesh Conakry, Guinea x2 Dakar, Senegal x2 Bangkok, Thailand Hyderabad, India

This month has been a good one as always, and the highlight was both of my trips that I did to Conakry-Dakar. It really felt like being away on a mini vacation, as each of the mutisectors is done over a 5 days period. At the beginning of November I have my annual SEP exams coming up, so currently I´m just studying for that. Im a little bit nervous as it is my first recurrent, but hopefully it will be fine 😊

Tonight I´m on standby, so I have no clue about where the first flight of the month will take me. Always exciting, but also kind of stressful not to get to plan or know anything.

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Last night I arrived in Bangkok. Every time I go to Thailand I recall how much I love this country. The people here are just amazing and soo kind and always smiling. This month I didn’t bid for the flight, but I was very happy when I saw it on my roster. I’ve been here before as well but haven’t blogged about it, cause my routine here is just to go to get massages, facial treatments, do my nails... It’s like a pampering spa layover 😊

Yesterday after arrival I literally ran out of the hotel 10 minutes after check in, so that I could manage to get my facial done before the salon closed. I go to the same place for all my treatments and I’m very happy with the results, even though it is a bit more expensive than the other places. Anyway it’s way cheaper than in Dubai, so it’s ok. After the treatment I went to a night market to see if I could find some street food, but after searching between all kinds of food, from barbecued chicken to fried insects, I ended up with just having a mango sticky rice for dinner.

This time I have a Swedish guy on my flight and I had planned to meet up with him this morning to go to a shopping mall, cause the weather forecast didn’t seem too good. But when I woke up the sun was shining, so i texted him to tell him that I decided to go to Wat Arun instead, which is a temple. I really wanted to go last month when I was here, but it was raining a lot so there was no chance that I would go.

To go to the temple, the hotel helped me arrange a taxi and it took about 25 minutes to reach there. At the temple I met a girl from Vietnam who was also by herself, so we helped each other to take some photos. The temple was beautiful and I spent about half an hour there before I decided to go back by boat. It was very quick and easy, but when I arrived at the stop I had no idea how to go back to the hotel. Therefore I figured it would be better to go by tuktuk than by walk. I’ve never done it before so it was a fun experience.

Tonight I’m going back to Dubai again. At the moment I’m at the salon doing my nails, and later I will go for a full body massage before my wake up call. This is why I absolutely love this layover, I almost feel like a renewed version of myself after staying here 😊
After coming back I have a couple of days off and I’m gonna start studying for my SEP recurrent which is coming up. It’s basically exams we have to do every year to keep our flying license up to date. This is my first recurrent ever, so of course I’m a bit nervous but it will be nice to get it done with. I really can’t believe it’s almost been a year already since I moved to Dubai.

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Since I came back from my African multisector I’ve been exhausted, but I really wanted to make an update about the amazing workweek that I’ve had. This is absolutely one of the best layovers I’ve ever been to, so that’s why I want to make a post about it even though I arrived back to Dubai 2 days ago. Before the trip I thought I would be able to update during my stay, but the crew was soo nice and we were hanging out together all the time during these 5 days, so I really didn’t have time to think about any blog or social media at all.

At first we had a flight to Conakry, Guinea where we stayed for 24 hours. The hotel was really nice and I met up with the crew at the pool right after arrival as the sun was still up. We stayed until sunset before we went for dinner at the hotel restaurant. All of the crew came to join the dinner, so we arranged some tables together so that we could fit everyone around, and it was super nice. This night was kind of the night where we got to know each other so it was nice that everyone came around. The good thing about multisectors is that you really get to know the crew that you work with. Usually we only have 24 hours, so we won’t always have enough time to get to know each other that well before we go back to Dubai again.

The next day I woke up early to go to the gym before I met up with the crew for breakfast again. After breakfast we had to get ready for our flight to Dakar, Senegal which is only 1,5 hour away. After the quick flight we arrived in Senegal and we were all super excited as we were going to stay there for 48 hours. Honestly it felt like a mini vacation together with good friends as we always were together for pool, tours, dinner etc. The hotel in Senegal was even more amazing than the previous one, so we really enjoyed our time there.

Most of the time of this layover was spent by the pool, but on the first day I went with some of the crew to Gorée Island just about 15 minutes away by boat from the shore in Dakar. I think it’s one of the best tours I’ve ever been to and the island was beautiful. We went together with our guide Ali, who guided us around the island and told us about the history from the slave trading days. I’m actually considering to go back again and maybe record a bit next time, as I have another CKY-DKR coming up this month. But on my next layover I also want to go to the pink lake, so I’ll see if I can manage to do both if I have enough energy for it.

There’s so much I would like to write about from this trip cause it was soo amazing, but I feel like it’s hard to sum up everything in written form. Hopefully as mentioned I can record a bit next time I’m there and make a short video. Actually I’ve been thinking about this for a while as my good friend Brigita is doing video blogs from her travels, and she actually made a video from our Zanzibar vacation together as well. She really inspires me with her videos because I feel like it makes everything so much more alive and fun to watch. But she is super talented and patient to do editing, and she’s so natural in front of the camera, so I don’t know if I am as patient or talented enough as her to make any good content out of it. Anyway I will try to make an effort and see if I like it, because I think it would be fun to have some videos to look back at. I remember my grandfather always used to make record tapes of our family vacations together when I was a kid, and it’s always so much fun to watch the old tapes now, years after. I can imagine that it would be the same if I recorded some video blogs from my layovers to look back on, so I’ll see what I can come up with ☺️

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✈Bangkok, Thailand ✈Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia ✈Zanzibar, Tanzania(vacation) ✈Kuwait, State of Kuwait ✈Milano, Italy ✈Singapore, Republic of Singapore - Melbourne, Australia - Singapore, Republic of Singapore

1st of October and I'm ready for a new and exciting month. I feel like every month is like a new chapter, and it's always refreshing to start with blank pages and a new roster. I've been away from Dubai for a week now on a multisector, and it was so nice to come back home again. I didn't update about my layover because the main thing that I did during this multisector was just to sleep a lot. I was planning to do loads of stuff in Singapore, but since the weather was not that nice I mostly stayed in the hotel.

The best thing about the past month was definitely my vacation to Zanzibar. This was the destination that was on top of my list of where I've wanted to go for vacation, and to go there together with Bri and Ela was super nice. I had an amazing time and Zanzibar was so beautiful.

October will mainly be Africa month for me, and I can't wait to visit the places that I'm rostered for. I don't have that many destinations upcoming, but I'm very happy and satisfied about all of the ones that I do have.

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Today I have been sleeping the whole day after landing back into Dubai this morning. I woke up after 5 hours of sleep, thinking that I wanted to do something productive this Saturday. But before even realizing I fell asleep again and didn't wake up until 7PM. I landed in Italy on thursday night, and my friday was spent in beautiful Milan. I woke up early to go for breakfast and I had decided to go to the city centre with some of the crew later. I think we were in the city already at 11AM, and we just walked around in the streets for about two hours before we decided to go for lunch. The sun was shining and it felt like it was still summer even though it's already the end of september.

I had a conversation with two of our passengers on the flight to Milan, and they recommended me this lunch spot located at the rooftop of a department store right next to the Duomo Cathedral, so we decided to check it out. It reminded me a lot about a place in Oslo which is also located at the rooftop of a department store, and it's just the kind of place where I like to hang out, so I was very happy that these guys that I spoke with on board gave me their reccomendations. I always like to find new places where there's not too many tourists or too crowded, so this place was just perfect and had a nice view as well.

I'm happy that the crew that I went together with also just wanted to enjoy and relax instead of running around and stressing, so we stayed for a while at the rooftop. At one point the sun was getting so strong that we even considered if we had to move over to a table under the shade. But all in all it was really nice ☀️

After lunch we decided to split up because we wanted to have a look around to see if we could do some good shopping. I decided a meeting point with one of the girls so that we could go together back to the hotel, so I met up with her again about an hour later. I didn't find anything, so no shopping this time. But after all I think that's a good thing for my bank account. I always do shopping on layovers, so it doesn't hurt to go back with an empty suitcase some times.

Tomorrow I'm off work, but in the upcoming week I'm up for a 5 days trip to Asia and Australia. Even though it can be exhausting and tiring with such long trips, I'm also very excited because it's my absolute favorite multisector. After that flight we're already in October, and it's just crazy to think about how time passes so quickly.

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Today was our last full day here in Zanzibar, and tomorrow it's already time to go home. I've had such nice days during our stay and it has been nice to spend the days off in a place which is so different from what I'm used to. At this place the word stress is non-existing and you don't make any big plans - you just play it by ear, and everyone just goes with the flow.

Yesterday we spent the whole day by the hotel facilities, relaxing by the pool and beach. We decided to go for lunch at one of the neighbor hotels, and on the way there we met some local guys who showed us some kind of local "dance". They jumped around while making sounds/singing, and ofcourse we had to try ourselves to see if we were able to be as bouncy as they were. One of the guys were probably 2 meters tall and was jumping even higher. I cannot understand how they manage to jump around like that, as if they are as light as feathers.

When we got back to our hotel there was an acrobatic show going on in the restaurant, so we decided to watch it while having some drinks and tasting some of the food from the dinner buffet that was being served.

This morning we went for breakfast together before Bri had to leave. Her pick up was arranged at noon to go to the airport, so we spent an hour in the restaurant before we walked down to the beach to spend another hour there. It's sad she had to leave a day before us, but we have definitly had some really nice days together.

After saying bye to Bri we didn't have any specific plan for the day, but we wanted to do something as we were relaxing all day yesterday. So after discussing what we wanted to do we ended up going to a spice farm which was located about half an hour drive from the hotel. The tour was really nice and they showed us all of the different spices that they grow naturally on the island. We got to smell and taste them, and we also got to try some tropical fruits and fresh coconut straight from the palm tree. The tree was probably 10 meters tall, and one of the guys were climbing all the way up the tree to get us the coconuts, only by the help of his hands and a rope tied around his feet to get extra grip.

The rest of the night we spent at the hotel, playing badminton and having dinner. I'm already in bed, cause tomorrow we are meeting early for breakfast to make our last day as long as possible. We have planned to enjoy the sun by the pool/beach before heading back to Dubai later in the night, so I guess it will be a nice and relaxing last day of our vacation.

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First day of holidays is over with and it's been absolutely amazing. I arrived to Zanzibar after a quick stopover in Dar es Salaam late night yesterday, so I didn't see much as we were driving in the dark to get to the hotel. But the view that met me when I woke up this morning was stunning. The hotel we stay at is super nice and Zanzibar is such a beautiful island with a lot of historical background.

This whole vacation was really spontaneous as I actually didn't have any leave days this month. My friend told me she was going here, and since I've said for a long time that Zanzibar is a dream destination of mine, I tried my luck to apply for leave days while I was in Kuala Lumpur. I got approved for leave the day after I landed back in Dubai, and immediately booked tickets to go. This is my first real vacation after I moved to Dubai, except from being in Norway or Dubai on my leave days, so I was super excited to go and I don't regret it for a second.

Today we enjoyed breakfast at the hotel before we had booked our driver to go on a city tour. The day has been filled with a lot of different impressions, starting by going to Stone Town to see the markets and also to learn about and see the old slave market and the cathedral. It is such a sad story and I felt a real pressure in my chest while standing at the exact spot where they auctioned and sold people as slaves in the 1800s.

We spent the whole day walking around together with our local tour guide, and it was really nice to have someone who knows the city to explain places and history around town. He even showed us the house where Freddie Mercury was born, and I didn't even have a clue that he was actually born and lived his first years here in Zanzibar.

For dinner we drove across the island to go to a restaurant located on top of a big rock in the water. It's a previous fisherman's house which in later age has been renovated to become a restaurant, and the location was breathtaking. To get to the restaurant we had to walk out in the water, but by the time we finished the water was already high tide, so we had to take a boat to get back to the beach.

I have to say that I love the atmosphere here in Zanzibar. It's primitive and chill, but still so exotic and beautiful, and the attitude and the saying that the locals live by is "Hakuna Matata". This is probably what I will remember the most from this trip. Not to mention the music, the friendliness of the people, and the surroundings and way of life which makes the whole experience.

Wow. This blog post got a lot longer than intended, and still there's so so much more I would like to say about this place. But I will probably write another update during my stay. I still have a couple of days here, and it's so nice to know that this time I get to stay for more than 24 hours 🙏🏼😊

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Last night I arrived back to Dubai from an amazing layover in Kuala Lumpur. I swapped on to this flight after being rostered first to Johannesburg, which later changed into Hong Kong. Since I've already had so many layovers in HKG lately, I wanted to swap on to a new destination where I haven't been, and I'm so glad that I did. The whole team was amazing to work with, and we had so much fun together in Kuala Lumpur. It's always a pleasure to work when you have a top team.

When we arrived in Malaysia some of us decided to meet up for dinner after having a few hours sleep. The hotel is kind of a resort and the area around the hotel is huge. It was super nice, so we ended up at a Thai restaurant just across the street, and the food we got served was soo yummy. After we went for some drinks in a bar and we stayed until late night.

The next day some of us had planned to meet up early for breakfast before heading to the Batu Caves which is a temple not too far away from the hotel. I was super tired when I woke up, but at the same time I didn't want to miss out, so I was already down in the restaurant to meet the others at 8am. After breakfast it took us about 30 minutes to arrive at the temple. The view from ground was nice, but we had to walk up the stairs as well to check out the caves.

When we got into the caves there were 2 more stairs to climb before we reached the top. All the way at the top there were monkeys which lived in the cave running around everywhere, and they were so cute. We had to hold onto all of our things though, cause we heard that they will steal everything they can get their hands on. They even ate some nuts I gave them straight from my hand. After visiting the Batu Caves we decided to go back to the hotel again to spend some hours there before the wake up call.

It was such a busy but fun layover, and I didn't have a lot of rest time. But it was definitely worth it and I would love to go back. Now I have 9 days of vacation, and I'm so excited about where I'm going to spend my holiday for the next couple of days ☀️🌴

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✈Amman, Jordan ✈Hong Kong, China ✈Bali, Indonesia ✈Rome, Italy ✈Barcelona, Spain ✈London, United Kingdom ✈Moscow, Russia

I cannot believe that today is already 1st of September. This month as most of the months just flew by in a second. And it's weird to look back at the places I've been, cause I almost can't even remember being to some of them.

I still haven't bought a new charger for my computer, so this time I won't upload the flight map either. I have to fix that soon, cause it's so annoying not to have the MacBook available, especially while watching movies and TV-series by using an old IPad which runs out of battery constantly.

Today is Friday, and I'm just gonna spend my night in bed not doing anything. I'm still a bit tired from my last flight, so even though it's weekend I just want to chill at home

See you soon, Ciao 😘

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This morning I landed back from Moscow. Actually I was supposed to go to Bali, but after receiving a swap I decided to accept it because I've already been to Bali this month, and I've never been to Russia. I remember when I got this job, I said that the place I least wanted to go was Russia, but at the same time I feel that I wanted to tick it off my list of places I've been. Therefore I gladly swapped on to it before the weather is getting too cold cold.

The flight to Moscow from Dubai is only about 4.5 hours, and I was quite surprised by that, because I thought that Russia was very far away. It was a perfect timing for the layover as we landed in the evening, so I got to have a good nights sleep before I had the whole next day off before going back to Dubai again.

I went together with 4 other crew to the city early in the morning, and we just walked around the Red Square area, checking out all of the small shops filled with typical Russian souvenirs and seeing the attractions. It was some kind of event going on this weekend, so there were lots of people, music and food. And unfortunately for us the event arena was blocking almost the whole Red Square, so we didn't get to take any nice photos of it.

After being to Moscow I'm very happy that I went there, especially at this time of year. The sun was shining, the air was crisp and the temperature was nice, so it was perfect for city sightseeing. I don't think I will bid for it again in the nearest future though, and from my point of view 24 hours was definitely enough as I got to see what I wanted to see. But as mentioned I'm happy I got to tick Russia off my list 😊

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