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.

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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!

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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.

Layover Life: Washington D.C.

Last week, I had the privilege of visiting Washington, D.C. again! Having already been once, I had an idea of where I wanted to go straight away.

As soon as we checked into the hotel, a group of us decided to get ready and head downtown straight away. It’s very rare to get crew like this out together because most of us like to rest right after a flight. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised!

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An American flag flies at half mast to honour the victims of the recent attack in Orlando, Florida.

The first place we visited downtown was the Lincoln Memorial. From there, we walked to the National World War II Memorial, Washington Monument and down to The White House. Thankfully, all of these places are relatively close to one another, so we were able to visit the entire area in just a few hours.

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The best crew wearing matching USA t-shirts in front of The White House. It’s what the cool people do, right?

After walking around all day, we decided to grab some food a local pub before catching the metro back to our hotel. There is a nice shopping mall where we stay, so you can guess where we ended up for the rest of the day!

If you go: It’s always busy in the summer. Try to go earlier in the day to avoid the crowds.

Next Stop: Karachi, Pakistan (turnaround) and Birmingham, England.

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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 hotel Cabin Crew stay at has been withheld.