Layover Life: Oslo, Norway

This was by far the coolest place I have ever visited. Norway has been on my bucket list since I was a kid, and it was everything I thought it would be!

We landed around noon and without a second to spare, jumped on the train to Frognerseteren Restaurant. This is a common place for Cabin Crew to hang out and take in the sights and sounds of Norway, while enjoying a pint or two. Although it’s called Frognerseteren Restaurant, there are actually two places to eat there: Cafe Seterstua and Restaurant Finstua.


Views from Frognerseteren Restaurant. Wherever I go, I carry my country’s flag with pride!

After grabbing a bite to eat and snapping a few pictures, we continued on our way. We hopped back on the train and into the city. There is a lot to see in downtown Oslo, so we took our time walking through Karl Johans Gate. This is a really busy street popular among tourists because of its shops, restaurants and attractions.

We walked from the railway station (Jernbanetorget) to the Royal Castle, then down to the Rådhusbrygga Ferry Terminal. The ferry boats from Rådhusbrygge take you to the islands of the inner Oslo Fjord, so we decided to hop on one as the sun began to set. Instead of getting off on one of the islands, we stayed on to take in the views. It made for some picture perfect memories and was a great way to end our busy day!


Oslo, Norway is my new favourite destination. I hope to be back soon!

If you go: Oslo is gorgeous and there is a lot to do. Make sure you give yourself a few days when visiting, because 24 hours isn’t enough time!

Next stop: Los Angeles, U.S.A!!


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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company. For the safety and security of Emirates staff, the name of the hotel Cabin Crew stay at has been withheld.

Layover Life: New York, U.S.A

Ahhh New York. The city that never sleeps! This is my fourth time visiting, and I have to agree with the famous statement “if you’re bored in New York, it’s your own fault”. There is always something to do here!

This time around I was blessed with a 42 hour layover. I had a few errands to run, but other than that I was really set on seeing the city.

When we landed, I headed straight for Times Square. Even though the crew made it to our hotel downtown around 11pm at night, the stores I needed to visit were open until 1am.


Having a laugh on one of the Statue Cruises!

The following day, I met with two other Cabin Crew to tour the city. It’s hard to believe that I’ve been to NYC a few times, but never did a “hop-on, hop-off” bus tour. Needless to say it was worth it.

We went all around Manhattan and through downtown Brooklyn, hitting up: the Downtown Loop, Times Square North, Times Square 42, Empire State Building, Korea Town, Flatiron District, Union Square, Greenwich Village/NYC, NOHO, SOHO/Little Italy, Chinatown, World Trade Center/City Hall, Battery Park – State Street, Battery Park – Battery Place, High Line and Madison Square Garden. We even jumped on one of the Statue Cruises boats to get a closer look at the Statue of Liberty.

For dinner, we stopped at one of my favourite restaurants, the Hardrock Cafe in Times Square. It may be a huge tourist trap, but the food and the atmosphere is incredible!


Cruising under the Brooklyn Bridge!

If you go: Brace yourself, the traffic is always bad in the city! New York uses a gridlock system, so when you are bumper to bumper, you better hope your tour guide is a good one with a lot of information to share!

Next Stop: Oslo, Norway.


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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company. For the safety and security of Emirates staff, the name of the hotel Cabin Crew stay at has been withheld.

Your Social Sciences degree can take you anywhere – including Dubai, Johannesburg, Manchester, Oslo and more!

A huge thank you to McMaster Experiential Education for featuring me on their blog this week! I remember reading alumni stories online prior to enrolling at McMaster University, so it’s cool to be able to share my experience the same way I learned about others. ❤

Beyond the Books


…to be successful you must maintain a positive attitude no matter what is going on around you. Focus on your previous successes rather than your failures, and use this energy to plan the next steps you need to take to fulfill your goals. Do not linger on the distractions that may be thrown your way, and always remember that anything is possible.”  – Kelsey Johnson

One of the things we love about working in the Office of Experiential Education is getting to know our students and seeing where their career and education paths lead. We were recently in touch with Kelsey Johnson, who graduated in 2014 with a degree in Political Science & Health Studies as well as a Mohawk Affiliated Certificate in Leadership and Management in the Not-for-Profit Sector.

What’s she up to now? She’s in Johannesburg, South Africa; New York, USA; Dusseldorf, Germany; Manchester, UK; Oslo, Norway; Cairo, Egypt; and Manama, Bahrain – and that’s just July!…

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Layover Life: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

This week I had the pleasure of visiting Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (KL). It was my first time visiting the country and I have nothing but great things to say about it!

When the crew and I arrived at our hotel, some of us decided to venture to the night street food market for a quick dinner. I’ve never eaten in this type of setting before, so that in itself was a really cool experience. Restaurants were lined up along the street, with tables in chairs placed on the side of the road. This is apparently common in Asia, but it was my first time seeing anything like it!


Night street food market in Kuala Lumpur

Following dinner, a few of us went out to explore the nightlife. We ended up at a bar called Beach Club Cafe. It’s a very popular place for airline crew to visit, and we had a great time.

Even after a long flight and late night out, some of us still managed to get up early the next day to do some sightseeing. We visited the Batu Caves, Templer Park and took a quick look at the Petronas Twin Towers.

The Batu Caves is a limestone hill composed of 18 caves, multiple temples and 272 steps. It contains the most popular Hindu shrine outside of India and has the world’s tallest statue of Hindu diety Murugan. The site is also known for its macaques (monkeys). As entertaining as it is to watch them, they can pose a biting hazard to tourists because of their territorial nature.


A macaque on the steps of the Batu Caves

Templer Park is about a 15 minute taxi ride away from the Batu Caves. It is a forest reserve consisting of multiple waterfalls, jungle streams and trails. We only stayed for an hour because our driver was kind enough to wait for us, but it was enough time to see what we wanted to before heading back to the city.

Following our excursion, we stopped to take some pictures at the base of the Petronas Twin Towers. They were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 and are still the tallest twin towers across the globe. Although we didn’t have time to go inside, seeing them up close and in person was amazing.

The rest of my time in KL was spent by the pool, while some of my colleagues went to check out the local malls. There is a lot to do in this city, but I still wanted to save some stuff to do for next time. Hopefully that time comes sooner rather than later!


One of the best parts of my job, relaxing at the hotel pool

If you go: The Batu Caves are always busy, but we avoided the crowds by going during the week, around 9:00AM. Templer Park wasn’t that busy either. We were there from 10:30AM-11:30AM and were some of the only people in the park.

Next stop: Washington, D.C.


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Happy International Flight Attendant Day!

Working as a flight attendant for a major airline can be a glamorous and exciting job, but it is also one that comes with a great deal of responsibility.

The safety and comfort of our passengers is always paramount. In fact, we undergo months of training to ensure we can handle any situation that arises onboard. From security to first aid, we do more than serve food and beverages on our flights!

Today we recognize this.

To my fellow crew, thank you for all that you do! 🙂



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Layover Life: London, England

This week, I had the pleasure of operating a flight to London, England! There is so much to do in this city, but I decided to use my time visiting an old friend from university.

We met for a quick brunch a Early Bird, a cafe located steps away from Chalk Farm Underground station (on the Northern Line Edgware Branch). They serve fresh sandwiches, salads and really nice breakfast foods. I opted for the ham and cheese panini, which was beautifully presented, freshly made and very tasty. The environment was nice too- laid back and comfortable. These are my favourite types of places to eat!

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Brunch at Early Bird in London, England.

Afterwards, we ventured to both Primrose Park and Regent’s Park. Primrose Park offers a clear view of central London (visible from Primrose Hill located inside of it) and was full of residents out and about enjoying the warm weather.

Regent’s Park is significantly larger. It is 166 hectares in size, with a wide range of facilities and amenities including gardens, a lake, waterfowl and a boating area, sports pitches, and children’s playgrounds.

We spent the majority of our time in the Avenue Gardens admiring the flowers and  Victorian-style planting.

I didn’t do much more than this, because our layover was only 24 hours and I had to take a nap prior to my flight back to Dubai. I have a feeling that I’ll be back soon though!

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Your typical “I’m in London, England” photo.

If you go: The parks are beautiful but tend to be busy on the weekends. Try to go during the week to avoid the crowds!

Next stop: Mahé, Seychelles!


Twitter: @KelseyBelleTO

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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company. For the safety and security of Emirates staff, the name of the resort Cabin Crew stay at has been withheld.