Fall is here and I have been on a long haul flight to Washington. The last time I was in Washington was four years ago, and that was when I found out I was having Marta, my youngest daughter. Even though I have been to Washington many times, I have mostly spent the layovers by the pool, relaxing and reading. Though I have decided that my layovers from now on will be all about exploring and writing so I put on my sandals and went for a walk down Connecticut Avenue. I ended up in front of the White House and what an amazing place it is. Just think about how many presidents that have been living there.
At the airline I work for, “steward” is not a male air host, but the title of the person in charge of the galley. He or she usually has a background in hospitality and receives further education in food and beverages before obtaining the “steward” title.
Something I find really fascinating is how we are often three different nationalities on the flights out of Copenhagen: Swedes, Danes and Norwegians. It does not take long before you understand all three languages, so on board we usually communicate in our own language.
Narita is the airport city just outside Tokyo. This is also where we stay, on our Tokyo flight layovers. The picture perfect city center in Narita is surrounded by a lush green landscape, and there is also a shrine and lots of small vintage stores.
I am back from Chicago and my first long-haul flight for almost 4 years. I started my layover with a visit to Le Pain Quotidien, where I got their oatmeal to go. Then I went down to the beach at Lake Michigan and found a sunny spot to sit down and have my oatmeal breakfast. Oatmeal tastes better with a view like this, don’t you think?
It is already May 8th and we wonder what happened to April? Well, time flies and so do we. Here are some of the things that we are looking forward to on this month’s roster:
I’m back in Sweden after a wonderful vacation in Hawaii. We stayed at Aston Hotel which is located on a quiet stretch of Waikiki Beach. We had booked a room with partial sea view but got an upgrade to full seaview, so we had the most amazing view of the beach and the palm trees. You pay $39 in service fee per day, but the fee includes sunbed, beach towels and sun lotion as well as the opportunity to borrow a GoPro camera free of charge.
Being a cabin crew is all about being service minded, being able to talk to people and wanting to help them. A small gesture is often all it takes to make a memorable flight for our passengers.
After 3.5 years on the ground, keeping busy with a full-time job as a mother of three, it takes a while before the body gets used to working up in the air again. I had a rough start and did not take proper notice of the warning signs. Early check-ins, long flights and short layovers at airport hotels. Constant sleep deprivation and then back home, where three kids and a husband struggled with adjusting to the fact that the person who usually took care of everything from cleaning and laundry to grocery shopping, suddenly wasn’t there all the time.
The job as a cabin crew isn’t just a job, but also a lifestyle. It’s a great way to see the world (and get paid for it!) and when you’ve first hit the skies, it is difficult to imagine doing anything else for a living. Here’s how we ended up in the airline industry along with some of the best things and the worst things about working as a cabin crew.