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.

 

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!