First SOLO Trip of 2019!

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View of Dawn in Goreme, Cappadocia

It’s been a long time since I did not write anything on this site. I blame it on having started flying again. Something about being back makes me disconnect from reality and turns me into robot mode. It’s very strange to explain but it drains my energy and motivation when I’m off work. Either way I will try to get back at it and start posting more often! (Even though I’m not sure if someone out there reads me)…

Last week I ticked off something from my bucket list: I FLEW ON A HOT AIR BALLOON IN CAPPADOCIA! It was truly amazing! Best thing of it all, I went on a solo trip. Sometimes we have got to reconnect with ourselves, take us somewhere new and see how we behave in a different surrounding. Let me tell you that those 3 days did me a lot of good. I felt at ease with myself, walked across rocky valleys and alongside a creek, breathed fresh air, met people from other countries and overall had a beautiful time.

The icing on the cake was the balloon ride. After being picked up at 05:50am we reached the take off location. It was freezing cold, still dark, but you can see a few stars in the horizon. Watching how those huge tents start getting inflated by hot air is just unbelievable. Couple of minutes later and the basket was fully standing and ready to be boarded. Inside we go! There’s 2 big baskets divided in half which accommodate 5 people so in total the balloon takes 20 passengers and the pilot.

Once it takes off, the feeling is as if you are floating in a bubble. You don’t feel scared or agitated. The view of hundreds of other balloons in the horizon is beautiful, like a dream come true! All of them with beautiful colors and designs, going up and down in an amazing clear dawn.

The maximum altitude they fly is around 700 meters above the ground, descending and ascending throughout the 45 minute ride. The pilot makes sure to go in between the fairy chimneys and the beautiful rocky valleys of Goreme all of this while waiting to observe the worth waited sunrise. TOTAL BLISS! The moment the sun came up, I felt extremely grateful for having the chance to experience something like that. I thanked god and the universe for giving me that opportunity and a feeling of pure happiness embraced me. I was ready to continue with my day.

 

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New Year, New resolutions!

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Today is January 8th, 2019. After an intense holiday season with my sister in town, it is time to put a hold on parties, indulging and spending! Instead, I’ll concentrate on this year’s resolutions.

What are the things that I’d like to change? There are certainly many options but I’ll focus on life standards. You know, drinking less, saving money, acting more responsibly, perhaps even settling down if I meet the right partner in crime. In general terms GROWING UP! Because hello, This year I’ll be 32!

I won’t let 2019 slip away of my hands without me having a clear north of the future to be. I will try to do what’s best for me.

Sometimes, we get a little carried away by fantasies that we can’t ever come true and then frustration comes along. Let me tell you something, we just have to be realistic with what we want and off course act towards that goal, don’t wait for it to fall of the sky because that only happens in the movies right?

My advice is: write down a letter to the Universe, ask what you really really want and believe in it. Carry it always in your wallet and sometimes, when you feel a little lost go ahead and read it! In the meantime grind your way through life always feeling grateful towards what’s best to come! Happy 2019!

Holiday feel… Oh December!

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Do you ever get that feeling when December comes and you start reminiscing about your life and how this year has been? That’s exactly where I am now. I’ve just renewed my residence visa for 2 more years which means if I decide to complete that, I’ll be in UAE for 7 years by 2021.

My life here has been full of surprises, the original plan was to play house as I call it. However, the universe drew me back to flying and it’s been a rollercoaster ride! Regrets? Some, Lessons? A million, Happy times? Definitely, Loneliness? Oh yes! But I wouldn’t change much of this time. Now I will concentrate on back up plans in case of waking up one day and realizing it’s time to move on.

There’s just something about the last month of the year that makes us nostalgic. Maybe it’s realizing how fast life happens and we cannot afford to loose precious time. We should be grateful for what we’ve had, communicate more with our loved ones, visit family more often and just try to live happily. Do it before another December knocks on your door! This year I am grateful that my eldest sister is coming to visit for the first time since I moved to this region. Can’t believe neither of my sisters has been here so I’m super excited!  I’ll get to play tourist guide and show her around. It’ll be one of the few Christmas that I won’t be flying somewhere and I am very happy about it!

One of the biggest lessons I learnt this 2018 is that if you feel the need to reach out to someone to tell them how much you miss them and care about them, you should not be afraid to do so! Even those friends who distance has played its role on, talk to them, meet up and you will see that the majority will be more than happy to reconnect!

Happy Holidays!

 

 

 

First me then my friend… Fractured days!

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It’s been a while since I did not write anything. Hectic days! My friend/flatmate broke her wrist into 4 pieces, underwent a surgery and now she’s literally Iron Woman! A titanium plate with 8 screws is holding her wrist back.

Honestly, I don’t wish for anyone what she had to go through especially in a country that is not our own. Luckily me and Suzi (our other flatmate) were there when it happened. I stayed overnight with her at the Hospital the day of the surgery and the next day as well until she got discharged in the evening.

Since I’m going through the whole suspension process, I’ve explained to her what will happen and that she needs A LOT of patience in the upcoming weeks. Doctor visits, our company asking about the progress, insurance approvals and physiotherapy. It all can seem extremely overwhelming. Not to mention not working after being extremely active.

It affects our mental stability and stresses our body, because you are literally left in the unknown until you are fit to fly. However if there is any good in this situation, is that we are here for one another even if it’s both of us suspended, we feel there is someone who will support us and help us when needed.

For now all we can do is sit back, relax and enjoy our recovery!

From Chaos to Calmness

It’s been one week since I left home to come back to Abu Dhabi after having my cast removed. The past 6 days have been more intense than the whole year! I’ve visited more Doctors than I did since I can remember, almost sliced my left ring finger off while chopping a zucchini and ended up getting it stitched back!

My brain revolutions are 1000 per minute, its a mix of feelings, thoughts, fears and stress of not being able to work yet and trying to resolve my post ankle care all alone in a country that is not my own.  Luckily, I have friends who care for me and even though they’re not always around, a simple text or visit reassures me. I thank the universe for them! ♥

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Now I have learnt that things happen to us when we least expect it.  Maybe this break  (1 month and 15 days so far) was what my body needed. I was telling my friend that even my hearing improved! I can hear sharper not like when I’m constantly flying. Body is rested and even though my mind is not. I’m trying to control it!

Accidents can happen to anyone but in my case, I’ve always played the strong character so I can’t understand it! I have A LOT OF FREE TIME and do not know how to use it, my finances are on hold because I’m not receiving an income BUT deep down inside, my mind tells me I’ll be ok. This is just a lesson to learn, maybe I’m closing chapters and better things are on the way!

 

What is it with flying?

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Photo credit by Me en route to Tbilisi, Georgia.

I just arrived in Abu Dhabi after being home for 1 month due to a broken ankle. It took me 2 flights to get here (San Jose-Paris 10hrs) and (Paris-Abu Dhabi 6.35hrs). I am jet lagged, with a swollen ankle and off course, missing my family.

This slight sadness while being on the other side of the world, makes me think WHY AM I DOING THIS? It’s not like I am going to fly forever! Especially knowing that this job is not a lifetime career here.  On October 1st, I turned 31 and we have all heard that Middle Eastern airlines are known for the early 20’s crew.  Now that I’ve got my flying license suspended until my foot gets better. I’ll have plenty of time to think about my life and try to think what my future step will be!

While I was flying back from home, I took Air France and as crew, you can’t avoid but compare the service between cabin crew of other airlines. That particular crew had a median age of around 45 years old and they all looked so calm, poised, polite but with a don’t mess with me look. They do have this job for a lifetime, no age restrictions or exhausting schedules. Plus, passengers don’t get all complicated with them because they know that they simply can’t!

Us on the other side, are supposed to be bubbly, excited to serve and always looking pretty. It is extremely demanding and tiring sometimes! If I had only 4/5 flights a month or so, off course I could do this for a VERY LONG TIME! Instead, I feel my body is getting drained quickly. This past month, I was able to sleep deeply and without interruptions. Going to bed around 21:30 and waking up without an alarm at 6:30/7am and just having a “normal” life.

Now that I’m back in UAE, the first night was terrible. Off course I passed out at 16hrs, woke up at 21:30 and couldn’t manage to close my eyes until 06:35am! Yes its jet lag but also the stress of not knowing when I am going back to work and if I’ll feel comfortable after being on ground for a while…

Relationships & the Sky ❤️

Are you married, do you have a boyfriend? 

 

We fly with different people every day. Before each flight, we have to attend a  briefing where we introduce ourselves, where we come from, how long we’ve worked in the company and our position for the flight.

Once in flight and if we have some free time, we start finding topics to break the ice and off course what’s more interesting than our personal lives! In that moment it’s like we’ve known each other forever. It is so easy to open up and talk about our relationships. Maybe because we all left our families, we find comfort in other crew and we start talking about life.

Let’s say that in my case, I have quite the story. I had a relationship of almost 4 years and we were engaged. Then I decided to break up. Whenever I share my story with other people, they think he cheated on me or was not a good person. I laugh because it’s completely different.

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I got bored, nothing else. It just wasn’t there anymore. Since my job is so versatile and I’m always on the move, the routine scared me. I could not picture myself in a forever situation yet. After the breakup, I decided to wear a ring for work just because I could not be bothered anymore, I like my space.

It is nice to have someone to be with when you are off work, whom you can talk to about your work issues and de-stress at the same time. However, I think all the possible “Prince Charming” that I have met so far, do not know how to handle me.

I don’t overdo feelings, I like to spend time together but when I need my space, I mean it. Men in Arabic countries can be complex but thanks to them, I have learned a lot about dating outside of my culture.

I am attracted to the manly macho type. Arabic prospects catch my eye and I catch theirs too. They’re charming, smell good, look good and have a witty personality. If you date one, it starts amazing. Time passes by and things might change, its up to each other how to handle it. They can loose focus quite fast though.

I don’t blame them at all! They have so many options in one small city that they might start multitasking between girls.  These last few years, in my experiences it’s just ended due to natural causes and boredom again.

Still I’m happy being alone and enjoying casual dating. When the right time will come, I will know it and find my “Aladdin with a flying carpet” 😝.