Graduation, I somehow felt indifferent like a been there done that before thing, mind that I'm not 20 years old and this is not my first airline...but never the less grateful to have this opportunity...Life is so weird specially when you past the 30(age) line...What am I doing here ? is this really worth it ? I know I know, we only have one life to live and we should make the most out of it, the problem is we don' t really know how to balance all of it , do we ? One thing for sure is that I love flying and surely that can' t make me miserable, even with the worse of customers on board. It is so strange being surrounded by people younger then yourself, makes you feel good when they don't suspect or even care about your age ( must admit it helps when you don't look a certain age ). I sometime wish I could just not over think certain situations and just live the moment, unfortunately we were given a brain and a conscience and that does not help our case. I should be great full for what I have accomplished in my life and considering the long way I have been through...but I must say ever since I was a kid I allways saw myself working in the airline business, so at least I'm proud and happy that I am doing and accomplished a dream of mine. Do not ever give up, life is tough but with determination anything is possible with in reason and never settle for complacency fight hard and beleive in what you are worth !
So much to say...where to begin...I went on a very cool desert safari and I had a blast (click on link below to see pics) . First aid was a night mare as I had to reseat the exam, shame on me, but hey some people like blood other don't :). In 2 days I will be graduating and will be working 8 flights for the month of february , going to Perth (Australia), Munich (Germany) , and (I love this one), London (England) here I come again...I just can't wait !!!
Ok so I finally get a break from studying like a mad man and can take the time to write about my experience so far !
After 3 weeks in the sand pit, life is still strange, I feel at times that this is not real, I probably mentioned it before, but Dubai is so fill of extremes and so many contradictions, leaving me still chocked confused dazed and purely lost. The only normality is when I'm either in my room tired as hell or at aviation college having my brain fed too much information in a short period. At my last airline training was 5 weeks and it seemed to dragged on forever, with EK it is 6 weeks, but mind that the first week is induction, sort of welcoming week filled of bureaucratic paperwork this and that formalities and of course medical checks again... in between being poked for some blood. Next comes week 2 where we start learning about the aircrafts, EK has 2 types : Airbus and Boeing, but the fun is that they have different models :) A330, 340, B777-200, 300 ER LR ULR. On that week we learn the airbus and some general safety topics, we get 3 exams in week 3 on general safety Airbus and Boeing planes. General safety I must admit was fun, to be training on real moving simulators and not just dummy ones is an experience, at times I felt like I was on a ride at Six Flags (amusement park), we also did fire drills and had to put out a real fire (as short as the experience was). After 3 weeks, I was due for some phone, what better way to dance the whole stress off, so some of my batch-mates went to Zinc and I can't even remember the last time it fell so good to shake my bonbon lol 3 weeks down and 3 to go before graduation which falls 4 days after my birthday (wish I was getting younger lol), and boy can't I wait to start flying, so that this feeling of loneliness and pure depression that I keep having from time to time goes away... I know it is natural to miss people , but missing someone you love is just pure torture...But I will be able to take up to 16 days leave before July so will be planning to go back to Montreal at least 2 times till then and treat myself to some TLC (Tender love and care).
By the way I'm writing this post on pool side at the hotel on another endless blue sky, but believe it or not it's freezing lol
Almost forgot to say how the traffic here is the worse I ever experienced, maybe comparable to Montreal at rush hour after a bad snow storm, it's lunacy, how ever the taxi fares are the cheapest I've ever seen, the taxi drivers out of 10 my score is -100, they are bad , no they are TERRIBLE lol
CarineA from Pprune.org and fellow Montrealer finally arrived here and lucky her she can get a freebie on someone's internet connection in the air, so as soon as I heard that I jumped into a taxi and on to her place !
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