Auckland, New Zealand

what better way to start your day than jumping off a building at 10 in the morning? oh yeah.. i’ll get into that in just a moment 😉 but first, i need to talk about how happy the cool weather made me. when we first landed, the wind hit my skin and i never ever thought i’d enjoy being cold, but for a moment it reminded me of home so i took it all in. a few of us decided to go for a walk and find some food. we ended up finding super cheap sushi which ended up being delicious. did i mention it was cheap? im not sure which part is better.. then we took a stroll around the waterfront. you could see the islands in the distance and the ferries full of people heading in that direction. i found new zealand to have such a variety of landscape. its nothing short of beautiful with its mountains and islands and ocean and city.. i fell in love at first site from the aircraft’s windows.

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a few people from the same joining date as me ended up having a flight to Auckland as well, including some of my batch mates. so all together there were 9 of us there at the same time! after our little stroll i decided to meet a few of them at a bar near the hotel for a drink and of course to capture the moment. it was really cool to be able to say we’ve traveled together and were in another country other than dubai together.

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now.. back to jumping off a building.. if anybody knows anything about Auckland, then Sky Tower is most likely going to be talked about. it is the tallest building of Auckland reaching 1,076 feet tall and if you’re feeling adventurous you can jump off of it. well, i was feeling brave and decided to do it! my friend Magdalena, who was on my flight and also joined the same day as me, decided to come as well. she wasn’t sure at first if she was going to jump, she wanted to see me do it first. so here i am at 10 in the morning getting suited and strapped up to jump off of this building. Magdalena was giving me some last words of encouragement and i was finally starting to feel nervous as i made my way up the elevator to the top of the building. i was the first one to do it that morning, so i was watching the employees get the ropes ready. i was getting nauseas from the suspense and sitting there watching them get the ropes ready. next thing you know they’re calling my name and im shaking as i made my way. they could tell i was nervous so they were cracking some jokes, but in my head all i was thinking was, “what the hell am i doing right now?” so i made my way to the border and the instructor was telling me to grasp these two tiny ropes that force you to tilt slightly over the edge. for a good three seconds i felt i was going to die. i refused to look down because i was afraid it would make me back out. then came, “alright Lindsay ready in 3, 2, 1….” and with no hesitation i just leaped off. IT WAS FUCKING AWESOME!!! excuse my language but guys i kid you not it was one of the coolest things i have ever done in my entire life. i went from screaming, to laughing, to crying at the very bottom all in 11 seconds. i conquered one of my fears (heights) and it was by far a life changing experience. thankfully, it made Magdalena want to do it as well, and i got to watch her do it as well. i am so happy she came with me because theres nothing like sharing experiences like that with other people. if you’re ever in auckland, just do it. dont even think about it! JUST DO IT!

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Some more pics from the sector adventures 🙂

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PS: if you want to see a video of me doing the jump, check out my Instagram at MeBeLINDS 🙂

Brisbane, Australia

My first ultra long haul flight was a sector from Dubai to Brisbane, then Brisbane to Auckland, then Auckland back to Brisbane, then from Brisbane back to Dubai. I honestly don’t think this 6 day journey could have been any better. I conquered one of my biggest fears, got to be one with nature again, and even got to play with some animals. Since both countries were two totally different experiences, i’ve decided to break them up into two separate posts starting with Brisbane.

Day 1 in Brisbane:

oh Brisbane.. how wonderful you were to me. I haven’t seen any other part of Australia but i can deff say Brisbane made me love the continent and gave me desire to see more. it seemed like such a chill, homey town that you see in movies and everybody was friendly and welcoming. our hotel was in such a great location which was on this shopping strip with cute outdoor restaurants. the one thing i heard everybody talk about from their experience in Brisbane was Koala Pine Sanctuary where they held koalas and played with kangaroos so of course thats the very first thing i did. even after a 14 hour flight with no rest, i forced myself to see this place. 4 of my colleagues wanted to come as well which was nice because they’re all really cool people. the park was everything i heard of and more. i was a bit hesitant about seeing the kangaroos because i honestly thought maybe they’re drugged to be more calm so people can interact with them, but that isnt the case at all. when you enter, you’re entering their territory. theres even a sign stating to enter at your own risk.. its this big green field with a few kangaroos just laying out and sun bathing while a huge heard of kangaroos isolate themselves from us. they have a section blocked off just for them so they can choose to be out in the open or left alone. i was loving it, but i’m not going to lie i was so scared to be so close to them thinking i was about to get drop kicked haha.. we stayed for a few hours then decided to head back and rest for we were going to new zealand the next day.


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Day 2 in Brisbane:

this day was much more chill. by this day, we were all so exhausted with all of the flying we just wanted to relax and do some site seeing. two of the girls and i walked around the botanical garden of Brisbane. the weather was perfect and the scene was beautiful. it was so nice to smell fresh air again. no offense Dubai, but my lungs can’t handle all of that sand.. we walked around for a couple of hours until we got hungry and decided to grab some lunch on the strip near the hotel. i had some amazing fried calamari and fries. it was also nice to finally have some meat. since being in Dubai, i haven’t been eating meat much because it doesn’t taste like what i’m used to. of course i stuffed my face on this trip as i very much deserved to.

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Bendhjy in Dubai

i got to the airport 45 minutes earlier than i had to. i was just too excited to finally see him again after 2 months. i kept thinking about how it would feel to see him again after so long. would it be different? or just like old times? as more and more people were making their way to see their families and friends after some time, i couldnt help but feel more nervous. my stomach even hurt at one point just thinking about it.. but then there he was and the feeling of nervousness turned into utter joy as he walked toward me. since we’re in dubai we wanted to be respectful so we saved the hugs for when we were alone, which was really hard.. but the chance came and we hugged for a good 10 minutes. im not even exaggerating. it was just like old times..

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he was here for about 11 days, the last two weeks of my training. a lot of people would think that would be distracting but hes actually so supportive of me doing this so of course he helped me study and did whatever he could to see me pass. he even played a passenger as i pretended to serve him meals and drinks haha.

but it wasnt all about with school, we also got to explore a little bit. first, we went to sheikh zayed road, the famous road in dubai known for its sky scrapers. we found a restaurant that suited him because he is the pickiest eater known to man.. this place had ribs and steak so he was satisfied. we asked the server what he would recommend for us to do besides hit the malls, and he advised we check out Creek Park. I never heard of it, but the server told us it was only 5AED so we were all about it. when we got there, i was pleasantly surprised. it was this big, green park full of birds and a beautiful view of the creek. since we’ve hit the season of unbearably hot weather, a lot of the attractions of this park are put on hold. for instance, there is a crane in the winter time that will take you for beautiful views over the creek. also, there is an area for bbq and futball. i would highly recommend anybody coming here during that time to stop by this park for sure.

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he also got a chance to enjoy the nightlife here. we first went to this club called Cristal which is located at the top of the pyramid shaped building here in dubai. we went with a bunch of friends, so it was nice that they all got to meet the guy i’m always talking about 🙂 we also got to check out Barasti which is a beach club i’ve been to before. he got to meet some more of my friends as well. we got our dance and shisha on 🙂

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we got to check out irish and century village. we stopped by an italian restaurant for some pasta and pizza, and of course.. shisha..he got to have his first beer since he arrived so he was very satisfied. as you know, drinks arent very popular around here.

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last but not least, the Burj Khalifa. i planned a day for us to hang out at the Dubai Mall for the day so he could see what everyone raves about. then midday we went to the top of the burj khalifa to view all of Dubai. it was seriously breath taking! you could see old dubai vs modern dubai which was really cool. a man even proposed to his girlfriend there, so cute. then we got some dinner at Social House which is located at the mall and you have a perfect view of the magic water show. it was probably my favorite day since being here in dubai and im glad i got to experience it with him.

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sadly, the time came for him to go. it came too fast and i wish he couldve stayed longer, but im glad he even got to come at all (huge thank you to Soto for helping us out!).

long distance relationships are not easy. they test you and your relationship more than anything will. but if you have someone who is supportive of all your dreams, who wants nothing but to see you happy, who wants nothing but the absolute best for you, then it will work out. thats what i have found in bendhjy and i couldn’t be more lucky to have this opportunity and a man who stands by everything i do. i cant wait to see him again..

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Supy Flights, July Roster, and already calling in sick…

As you know, i’ve started flying! this morning i got back from a layover in Paris, and before that i had my first flight to Cairo, Egypt. I’ve had the pleasure of flying with my batch mate, rapha, on both flights.

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I still remember how nervous I was for my first flight. i know it was only my supy flight which is made for us to learn and observe, but i still wanted to make a good impression and apply what i’ve learned. so we got to headquarters and made our way to the briefing room, which is where you meet the team and talk about the flights expectations and positions and if there are any special inquires or important information. this is where you also get checked for image and uniform, and questioned on some safety topics to make sure our knowledge is up to date. after this, we made our way to the aircraft. it was such a surreal feeling walking into the aircraft as cabin crew and not a passenger for once. then we observed everybody carrying out their security checks and setting up the cabin for the passengers. upon boarding it was really cool how passengers looked at us. im just your average girl but because of the uniform some people see us as celebrities. i even saw one guy taking pictures of us, and another guy asked for a personal photo with him haha.

we were lucky enough to sit in the flight deck for take off and landing. never in a million years did i ever think i’d get a chance to see the pyramids, but there they were in the distance as we landed into Egypt. it wasn’t up close and personal, but hey i can say i saw the Great Pyramid of Giza! unfortunately the photo i took of it spared the real view no justice, so i wont even bother posting it. after landing the captain then took us outside around the aircraft for a tour. i never realized how big a plane is until i was underneath it.

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the crew on the Egypt flight were very sweet and helpful. although it was such a short flight and they were super busy, they still let me follow them around and help them out. they even took pictures of us for me to keep forever 🙂

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paris was amazing. the flight there was obviously longer and i can say i learned a lot more there since we had more time to. all i could think about was landing and getting to the hotel so i could see the Eiffle Tower! and i did the next morning 🙂 5 of us went into the city and took a bunch of pictures. i enjoyed a nice chocolate crepe which was delicious.

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unfortunately, the day we spent in Paris i was feeling really feverish. then on the way back to Dubai i started getting the shakes and sweats. with this job you truly need to take really good care of yourself because think about it, you’re in this small metal tube with shared oxygen. it is so easy to catch something, and thats exactly what happened to me. I was supposed to have my first operational to Kuwait today, but i did have to call sick. its sad but i cant beat myself up over it. i need to take care of myself for my upcoming flights

that being said, i got my roster for july!!! i am pretty damn lucky and blessed to get such an amazing first roster. here are the destinations:


Frankfurt, Germany

Brisbane, Australia

Auckland, New Zealand

Zurich, Switzerland

Bangkok, Thailand (twice)

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Barcelona, Spain

Pretty awesome right?! however, i’m interested to see how ill manage to get enough rest because it is a lot of flights for one month. but i can not wait!!! 🙂

extra fun times with my loves

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more views from the cockpit

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more photos from Paris, France

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Fit to Fly

After 7 intense, educating, emotional, and rewarding weeks of training, i can officially say that i am fit to fly! my wings were handed to me yesterday and all i could think about was how lucky i am. i cant even begin to explain what this experience has done to me so far. its certainly taken my emotions on a roller-coaster ride from being happy and confident to being sad and confused, but i honestly would not trade this for the world!

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within the last 3 weeks, ive managed to complete security training, image and uniform day, and finally service training. security was sooo fun! we learned ways to put people on their ass 😉 i was exhausted by the end of the class, and im ashamed to say it was definitely the most exorcize ive done since ive been here.

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image and uniform day is a day dedicated to teaching us how to look emirates-ready and stay healthy. i had a lot of fun this day since we got to paint our nails, learn new hairstyles, learn about ways to maintain a good sleep schedule. this job is extremely demanding on your mind and body, so its really nice that the company educates us on ways to stay healthy.

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last but not least.. what people think flight attendants solely do.. service training! this was a 10 day course where we learned how to place a meal on a tray. thats it… no im joking. the reason why the course is so long is because there is a lot to know about certain meal types, how to interact with all different kinds of passengers, retail, bar tending, how to protect yourself with lifting heavy objects, paperwork.. the list goes on and on. we had some amazing trainers during this course who knew their jobs so well. they were very inspiring to me because they were so confident in themselves and this company and it just reminded me why im here.

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ive also moved into the new apartment which i love! i also love my flatmate. her name is pinki, shes from india, and she has an amazing heart. the apartment is beautiful, but sort of in the middle of nowhere at the moment lol. we are next to a beach which is awesome, but since is a brand new building its still in the works. im sure it will be even better in a few months time.

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and of course i have to mention the most important detail, BENDHJY! i will leave those details for a whole new post coming soon 😉

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all in all.. as excited and happy as i am that i will start flying, im pretty sad that i wont be seeing some people all of the time. if it wasnt for certain people here, i definitely wouldn’t be able to go through with this. they were supportive along the way, and could relate to me because were all going through this together.

that being said, my first flight is this saturday to egypt! it is a turnaround which ive mentioned before, but i am still so excited to be able to apply what ive learned. ill only be shadowing someone, but it’ll be a great learning experience. im really looking forward to it 🙂

til next time ❤

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How To Be a Doctor in 1 Week

i never thought i would be able to say that i know how to deliver a baby. no, seriously, we learned how to deal with just about every medical emergency in one week. how to deal with passengers who have a seizure, who choke, who are having severe allergic reactions, who have objects stuck in their arms.. you name it, we probably learned how manage it.

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i found GMT to be a lot easier. a lot of it probably had to do with the fact that i’ve had medical training many times in the past. but i learned a lot more than i ever did before, so it was really interesting. but im honestly glad its over! this means we are that much closer to flying, and speaking of… i know where my first two flights will be! 😀 the two flights are called “supy” flights which basically means i will be observing everybody and spending a lot of time enjoying the amazing views from the cockpit. i am too excited!

one flight is a turn around, meaning we dont get to spend any time there, we just go there and come back home, and its to….. Cairo, Egypt! my GMT trainer told me i might be able to see the pyramids from the cockpit, so i really hope thats true 🙂 my next flight is a 24hr layover to (drum roll please)……. PARIS! ahhhhhh!!!! PARIS!!!!!!!! can you tell i am excited? lol. i have never been, and i get to go with my batch mate, Rapha, which makes it that much better.

i dont believe i’ve mentioned this, but my joining group and i all got placed in a hotel until they could find us a permanent accommodation. no worries, the hotel is basically an apartment and we are spoiled rotten here (cleaners make our beds everyday and the wifi is free, im not complaining). so last week, we received the news that we would finally be getting placed in our permanent homes, unless we decide to move on our own eventually. so this weekend coming up we will be moving. its a brand new building and our entire joining group is moving in together which we are sooo lucky for. we all started together and we can stay together throughout our journeys which is amazing.

on top of all of this excitement, to make it even better.. BENDHJY IS COMING THIS WEEKEND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! idk whats better, Paris or Bendhjy 😉 lol but i seriously can’t wait. everybody tells me i just light up whenever i talk about it. its been too long, a whole month and a half..

so as you can see, last week was a very eventful. I got to go to a yacht party, then a boat cruise the following day for my friends birthday dinner. i spent my weekend at the sea 🙂 and both were very beautiful experiences.

this upcoming week will be eventful as well. starting tuesday, say goodbyeee to the red polos and hello to the little red hats 😉 just three more weeks of training to go! we can do this!!

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Oh, SEP Training.. & Cheers to One Month!

I would like to start off by proudly announcing that I PASSED!!!!!! my brain was fried and my sanity was barely intact, but i did it! our whole batch did! yet its so hard to think that SEP was only 13 days short. I use the word “short” because it really felt like it took 13 months to complete. ok, so i exaggerated just a little bit.. but really, i can not believe how much information we learned in such a short amount of time.

SEP stands for Safety and Emergency Procedures. Now I don’t want to go into too much detail because I dont want to ruin it for the new joiners who read this blog, but just to give you an idea.. The name speaks for itself. Safety is the main priority for this airline; the safety of the passengers, the safety of the crew, and even the safety of the aircraft. with that being said, we had to learn how to deal with all possible emergencies we may face. basically, anything you can think of going wrong on an aircraft, we now know how to deal with it. it was a LOT of work! and on top of that, since i’m a new flyer i had to learn aviation terminology and aircraft anatomy. coffee became my new best friend since i only got 3-4 hours of sleep a night…


but on the brighter side.. we had some really amazing trainers who were patient, caring, and very knowledgeable so they taught us well. they also knew how to have fun, and we sure did have lots of fun sliding out of planes, jumping into water, shouting commands at fake passengers aka our colleagues, learning how to put out fires.. ok i’m giving too much away. thats a little spoiler for you 😉

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aside from SEP, i managed to get out a bit to give my brain a break. I got to see Soto (who i’ve mentioned in a previous post) and met her lovely friend Natalie. we went to this outdoor lounge called Level 43 which gives you a great view of the city while its lit up at night. its always nice to see soto because she is the closest thing i have to home out here.

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i also had to opportunity to visit Irish Village and Century Village. Both places are great places to go if you feel like getting more of a homey feel. by that i mean you can actually enjoy a beer without any worries haha. for those who dont know, the UAE is very strict on their alcohol policy, but lets not get too into that right now. anyway, irish village is super laid back with bars where as century village has great restaurants and shisha. i highly recomed both places when you get to Dubai.

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I got to shake my rump at a couple of places. Warehouse was so fun to me! the music was amazing and the atmosphere was enjoyable as well. its hard to describe, but try imagining a shisha area outside with restaurants surrounding it and the dancehall/club is upstairs from one of the restaurants.. then there was Cavali Club which was very over-the-top. there were purple chandeliers and swings on the ceilings. and somehow the group and i didnt have to pay for a thing while we were there. im not complaining 🙂

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The Burj Al Arab was absolutely stunning to see as some friends and I spent a few hours at Kite Surf Beach.

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Last but not least, the SAFARI! its highly talked about here in Dubai. You get the chance to dune bash, ride a camel, get a henna tattoo done, smoke shisha, enjoy yummy Lebanese and arabic food, try on arabic clothing, and even watch some performances such as belly dancing and Egyptian style dancing. i highly recommend everyone trying it out since it gives you a feel of what the arabic lifestyle and culture is like. unfortunately i didnt get to ride the camel because the line was very long, but i figured ill be here for awhile. its only a matter of time i get on one 🙂

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Just to clear up the last post a bit, i think some people may have gotten the wrong idea. a few people hit me up to make sure i was ok and to see if i wanted to come home which i really really do appreciate! but the post was meant to be motivating to anyone feeling like they want to give up on something they believe in, and hopefully encouraging them not to. im not going to lie, this experience is challenging to me, but at no point did i ever feel like i wanted to pack everything up and quit. this month has been incredible. its been such a learning experience; learning about aviation, learning about other cultures, learning about myself.. i truly feel this is where i need to be right now. i am happy here 🙂

the studying isnt over! there is still 4 more weeks of training left. right now im in the GMT course (Group Medical Training) which is also lots of information to remember and take in. and soon enough, you’ll get to see me in the little red hat 😉 stay tuned! and feel free to ask any questions if you want more details or clarification. talk to you soon!

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