going on 25… (week 2 – brisbane and new zealand)

The morning of my birthday was the beginning of my 7day trip to brisbane and new zealand. I had to get up super early (not the best part of my birthday, luckily) but Erna was sweet enough to come and wish me happy birthday before I left. I got on the bus just after 7am and off i went to work…

In the briefing room I was contemplating whether to tell these strangers (that Im going to be working with for the next week) that its my birthday today… the purser gave each of us time to introduce ourselves and off course to answer a safety question, and i took the opportunity to add on an akward “by the way it’s my birthday today’ comment and got some sympathy ‘aaaaws’ as replies (wasnt sure what to make of it)

the crew turned out to be really nice and made me feel special even though I had to spend my birthday in a metal tube at 35000ft and only an 18hour day! the whole week turned into my birthday celebration (whichh I think turned out to be an excuse to drink on every layover, haha)

we got to rainy brisbane early in the morning where we took a quick power nap and off to the city Fady and I went! Fady (who turned out to be my flatmate’s batch mate) and I were the only two brave enough to take on the weather and explore, so we took my girly umbrella and out we went! first stop, starbucks with free wi-fi to check out all my birthday wishes which turned out to be a huge surprise as I didnt think so many people will still think of me, thank you guys!!! I quickly read through all the messages with Fady patiently waiting (luckily he’s just as big of a social media addict as me!) we had coffee and a bite to eat and continued onto south bank. we checked out the beautiful garden there and went on this ferris wheel which turned out to be a bit of a disappointment as I couldnt really take pictures of the view from above as the raindrops spoiled it.





we walked through some markets and then headed back to the city centre where christmas season was slowly starting up with some cute window displays. we got a bit lost (and wet) trying to find our entrance to the hotel, but thanks to Brad Pitt (or his perfume poster) we found our way back!!



Later that afternoon we met up with the captain, purser and one other economy crew for lunch at a cool little place close to our hotel. I had a juicy steak and mashed potaoes with corn on the cob (almost felt like home!) we headed back to the hotel for some much needed rest as we were flying to auckland the next morning

We arrived in auckland… tired, but the purser invited all of us to his room for some drinks to celebrate my birthday 🙂 we had a good time but i got so hungry and they were still going strong, so fady and i excused ourselves saying he’s never been in auckland and that I wanted to show him around 😉 – another good thing of this job, you learn to get out of situations very politely, haha. We met up with another group of crew at the famous occidental restaurant (all crew go there for the best mussels ever!) dinner was good but Fady still hasnt really seen the place so we decided to walk to the harbour, it was freezing!! We walked around looking at the beautiful city, but it was just too cold and we ended up in another coffee shop (with free wi-fi off course!) we will leave the sightseeing for tomorrow 🙂 we jumped on the last bus back to the hotel and went straight to bed.


The next morning the weather was a little bit better and fady, ana and I decided to go down to the harbour again. We took some beautiful pictures and just walked around. The city reminds me so much of cape town and I fell inlove with it, I can easily picture myself living there (maybe not so much on the colder days!!)


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on our way back to the hotel we saw all these people standing in the middle of the street, in the rain… At first i thought their all waiting for public transport (which was a stupid thought anyway) but then I suddenly remembered seeing a newspaper heading at the airport saying that members of englands royal family will be visiting auckland. We then decided why not wait with all these people (I kind of think is ridiciolous, as in SA you would never find me doing that) but why not? 🙂 so we stood there in the rain like idiots… One south african, one egyptian and one portugese trying to look like we really care, haha. Around us there was a mother with a baby, she wanted her little boy to meet them as she once met them when she was little (she’s from he UK, must be an english thing then) there was also a lot of old people, and teenagers and even a guy dressed in a giant rat (?!) suit!! People were sooooo excited and even had gifts for them. The royals finally arrived – which turned out to be charles and camilla, each greeting people on different sides of the street. We were on charles’ side, haha and got pretty close to him… He shook the old man’s hand that brought him a present and even talked to the baby, so Im happy to say that those people’s day (or maybe lives) were made! Was an interesting experience….


We rushed back to the hotel got a few hours sleep and then headed back to brisbane.

Arriving in Brisbane a few of us went to the pancake house, definitely the best pancakes Ive ever had!!! The pancake house is inside an old church and the design is just so cool, and special, just like their sweet yummy chocolate pancakes off course!! And i also had a mexican savoury pancake, kind of like nachos in a pancake. It was a good night with good conversation, pancakes and beer!


The next morning we went to explore brisbane again, this time in some better weather conditions. It was a nice sunny day! We chilled a bit at the streets beach, probably what most of the locals do on a sunny day as it was super crowded! Walked around the markets and bought some souvenirs for our families.


On the flight back to dubai the purser came down to the back, he was standing around there for a bit, then asked who wanted to do the camera (meaning taking pictures of all the kids with our onboard polaroid camera) no one replied so he asked me to go get the camera from mid galley. When i came back with the camera the whole crew were standing in he back galley singing happy birthday to me. I was truly surprised!! They decorated a plate for me with some yummy desert and a smoothie and took a lot of pictures. I felt sooo special 🙂 they even gave me a little gift and a card signed by all of them. The best wish was ‘dont let the bastards get you down’ hahaha loved it!!! It was sad saying goodbye to this wonderful crew as you get to know them so well after 6days, they become your friends (even if it is just for that week)


We came back at 5am and even though i was tired i was super excited cause in a few hours i was getting on a plane again… Goin home!!!! (week 3 of bday celebrations – oh yes!!)


going on 25… (week 1 – Dubai)

So as november came closer and closer I got a bit scared of the big 25! as one of my friends say, its only down hill to 30 from here, hehe (nervous laugh). But I had no other choice than to embrace my aging and celebrate the crap out of november!! Its my first birthday away from home and I had no other choice (with my unusual lifestyle) but to declare it my birthday month as my actual birthday (9 November) I would celebrate at 30something thousand feet! And if thats not weird enough my birthday is only 18hours long as we are flying into the future (also known as Australia). so let the celebrations begin!!! ….

The first week of November I had a few days off in Dubai and decided to make the most of it with my new friends I made here, and scheduled a week of fun with whoever had an off day during that week 🙂 It started off with a beach day at JBR with natalie (my batch mate from hawaii) where we soaked up some sun, had a lovely breakfast on the JBR walk and saw some ‘not so hot beach bodies’ hahaha. Thanks Nat for an awesome time, you always know how to make me laugh!

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Erna (my SA mate) and I decided to go to the marina one evening. we walked around while eating some yummy ice cream, looking at all the beautiful buildings and little markets selling from pashminas to fridge magnets. we took a lovely boat trip taking us around the marina through the creek and also more to the palm side. we went out just before sunset and came back when it got dark so you could see all the pretty lights (definitely the best time to go out on this boat cruise!) we felt so relaxed staring at this suprisingly beautiful city (you tend to like this place so much more when the weather is good) and we felt lucky and happy to be here (which might I add is not always the case). after the boat trip we went for dinner at a lebanese italian restaurant that looked out onto the water. I had some shisha (hubbly bubbly) all by myself as Erna is not a fan, but I felt that its my birthday and why not embrace all this place can give me?! What a lovely evening with a great friend that Im truly thankful to have in this big sandpit, will not survive without you here!!! 😉


I also met up with a friend I made through my blog… yes how cool is that?!!! Martin, he is from Vienna and works in Dubai and loves travelling and photography probably just as much as I do 🙂 It was the first time we met face to face and we met on the bridge accross the dubai fountain (movie scene inspiration??), haha. He took me to a very nice restaurant in the downtown dubai area – cant remember the name though, where we had some lebanese food, yummy!! (consider me a fan since I moved to Dubai,hehe) We talked like old friends, about our travels, lifestyles, homes and families, I had a great time and immediately decided that he will be a great friend to do even more travelling with, just as soon as I can get some days off, haha. Thanks Martin I had a really great time and thanks for being my (only?) ‘not cabin crew friend’ here in dubai 🙂

I would also like to give a shout out to my flatmate Lire for taking such good care of me always and making our flat so homey, my birthday month wouldnt be the same without you 🙂

And last but not the least 😉 Simone!!! thanks for always stopping by and having endless conversations about anything and everything, you are a great friend to me!! and your bday message was so sweet and looong, hahaha, but I felt so special and Im looking foward to being your friend forever even if I move back home and you are the super purser I can imagine you to be 😉


So all in all my first week of birthday celebrations got off on a good start (even if I had to do the indian turn around, baha)

Thank you to everyone who made it so special, and for those who texted me and couldnt make it due to flying, you owe me!! hahaha