The Reflection.

Its been one year. I’ve visited 30 countries and 41 cities.

I’m sitting at the breakfast table, eating the pancakes that I’ve made. Its 4:30 pm in Dubai. I’m thinking about how far I’ve come but also worrying about how much I haven’t moved. Sometimes doing this job I feel as if time has stopped for me. I’ve lost all sense of it. I just adapt and keep moving. Every day, another city, new people. Different cuisines and cultures. Another face, another crowd, and I’m in the middle.

Some days I love it. I’m addicted to the lifestyle. I can go to Paris for the weekend to buy my bread for the week and then the next day I’m back on the plane flying to Asia. It’s exhilarating, lonely, and freeing.

Other days, I feel I’ve changed so much, but have no proof to show. The way I’ve grown and what I have accomplished are not things that I can put on a resume. No business can look at it and say “Yes! You are over-qualified!” No one can measure it and say that I meet the criteria. For it’s my perception that has grown. It’s the way I look at people, talk to people, think about people.

One day I want to go back, but I worry if I can. It’s like Pandora’s box has been opened, and now the things I thought I knew and thought I was aren’t the same. In a way, I’ve been ruined. I could never be content to sit in an office and work a 9 to 5. In a way, I’ve been blessed, challenged, to find a new way to live that contains both this lifestyle that I’ve become accustom to but also allows me to maintain routine in daily life.

The thing I miss the most about America is my ignorance. Yes, I realize that sounds silly..but now I understand why people say it’s truly the only key to bliss. I used to see the world through an out of focus lens. It truly is an amazing story with amazing people all different and beautiful. Some colors of the world are pretty rainbows and of course some are dark grays. You simply cannot visit a place, stay in a 4 star hotel and book tours through said hotel or go on a ‘tripadvisor’ suggested hike and believe that you have seen and known that place. For you have only known what that place wants you to know. You have to go among the people, be uncomfortable, live like they do, before you can have a real glimpse.

If you’re reading this, the best advice I could give to you would be to separate yourself from the reality that you believe in and allow yourself to get uncomfortable. Spend some time alone and always challenge what you have heard is the truth.

Until next time, with all my love,

Andrea

P.S. I have some stories that I’d love to share with whoever wants to hear them. I will start posting more regularly with more details about more specific places and memories ❤

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When reality doesn’t feel real

I am mine– before I am ever anyone else’s.

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Every other moment I have experienced up until this point in my life, though still special, somehow falls short, for I have discovered what it means to be truly alive. The feeling is hard to put into words because it is so many feelings all at once. Its peaceful but invigorating. Exciting but calm. Anxious but relaxed. And it’s a little fearful.. because in a moment this rush could end.

In just one short month of flying, I have been to 6 countries! Most of which I had never been to. The feeling that I get before I travel is like having an electric current surging within me.. and it doesn’t go away. It still hasn’t gone away. My first flight ever was to London. It was extra special because I got to share it with one of the closest friends that I have made out here in Dubai. Because it was our first flight, we were allowed to sit in the cockpit. Can you imagine? A huge commercial plane carrying hundreds of passengers and there we are, sitting in the front of it all with the pilots? When I was little, I used to stare out the windows of planes and imagine what it would be like to sit on the clouds.. Sitting in the cockpit of a plane is the closest I will ever get to that actuality. It’s like being engulfed on all sides by endless sky and hanging pieces of fluffy cotton. As we made our descent we could see the never-ending English pastures of green spread out on all sides. It was so beautiful. Especially after living in the desert for 3 months, one really appreciates the sight of anything green.

We disembarked the aircraft, went straight to the hotel to change and then hit the streets. We took the London Underground into the city where the winds were strong enough to chill us to our cores, but we spent the next several hours walking around, appreciating everything the city had to offer and just watching the world go by.

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Thanks for reading and sharing in some of my travels with me xx keep a look out for my next post in which I’ll write about my trip to Spain!

The best is coming, and quickly!

“I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me.

I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise. I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance. I do not adjust either to popular gossiping. I hate conflict and comparisons. I believe in a world of opposites and that’s why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities. In friendship I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal. I do not get along with those who do not know how to give a compliment or a word of encouragement. Exaggerations bore me and I have difficulty accepting those who do not like animals. And on top of everything I have no patience for anyone who does not deserve my patience.” – José Micard Teixeira

It is my last week in the United States for the foreseeable future, and though I will miss my family dearly, I welcome this new adventure with open arms. I no longer wake up and feel complacent but instead invigorated and energized! The idea of new opportunities in the unknown thrills me and I hope in return I can bring some positivity into those whose life paths I am soon to cross.

The audacity of all that is happening so quickly has left me in complete awe. Dubai seems like a dream still! But I have reached a point in my life where I truly know what I want and need to make me happy, and I refuse to settle for people or be put in situations that aren’t positive. I know you can’t always have things go the way you want.. but you CAN choose how you view them. An entire sea of water can’t sink a ship unless it gets inside the ship. Just the same, the negativity of the world can’t put you down unless you allow it to get inside you 😉

I still have a lot of packing to do, but I feel ready. I want to focus on being a traveller and not a tourist! So that means not getting hung up on all the material things I should bring but instead spending every possible minute with all of my friends and family.

In other good news, I found out this morning that I have been selected to operate the A380 and the Boeing 777! I have never been on an A380 but have heard so many wonderful things about them! From what I hear that also means many more layovers in amazing destinations! The company does such a good job of welcoming it’s new employees. I think that is so important because it makes me want to work harder because I feel so valued. I’ve even been working on my bun 😉

Since I have no pictures of my own yet of Dubai, I thought I’d share some of my favorites that I’ve seen<3

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Til next time xo

Hello world!

I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again. – F. Scott Fitzgerald

The name’s Andrea. 23. Living in Texas. Recent college graduate. Spent the last year teetering between the pressures of the real world and the world in my head that I wished I could be living. Then one day I swear everything clicked. I woke up. Put my feet on the floor. And thought to myself.. Life really CAN be everything I’ve ever wanted.. and I’m going to create it for myself. Made the decision to quit the classic post grad filler job that you really don’t love but try to make yourself believe that you do because it pays your bills and for once your parents are maybe proud of you for being a self-sustaining human being. I thought.. now what could make me happy? And I don’t mean like “snap the picture quick I’m in front of a waterfall or doing yoga!” happy. I wanna be monday morning cant wait to get out of bed, I don’t care if anyone else is even around to see, because I like who I am happy.

For me? That happy comes from being around people, all types of people, in all types of places, and getting to share just a little bit into their lives.

SO now here I am, the newest flight attendant for an international airline based in the Middle East. On July 9, the next chapter of this crazy life begins. When I step off that 16 hour plane ride, I’ll be an official resident of the UAE. I’ll make a home for myself in Dubai. And I’ll be afforded the opportunity to travel across the whole entire world. And that is exactly what I plan to do 😉

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