This post was drafted at 41000 ft somewhere over Northern Canada, on the way to Vancouver where I am currently spending my leave!
Again, it’s been way too long since my last post, but this time with good reason! June has been a huge month, with graduation, family coming to visit and just now James came to Dubai and we are off on our Canadian Adventure 🙂 all if that is for another post, I can’t believe I haven’t written since the beginning of June, when I had standby! I was a little bit nervous about having home standby for two reasons: 1. The last time I had standby was when an (enviable) Johannesburg was swapped for 3am standby that resulted in my first African flight to Lagos, which was a real eye opener for me 😐 2. My flatmate had the same standby and she ended up with Jeddah turnarounds! So by some stroke of luck, I woke up before my alarm and saw that my roster had changed into a Munich flight! Better yet, it was a 48 hour (2 day) layover. These flights are a myth and especially with the current runway closures, and I managed to score one on a weekend, on standby, to one of the most picturesque cities in Europe! I couldn’t believe my luck!
After a short but relatively busy (–afternoon, yay) flight, we arrived in Munich shortly after 10pm, but due to the funny layout of the airport, we had to wait for the outgoing crew to come out before we could go through customs, so we reached the hotel at about midnight. My friend Jane had already briefed me on the amazing breakfast buffet, so I was planning to hold out until morning for a big feast, but a quick look at the room service menu proved that wasn’t going to happen….they had Goulash on the menu and that is one of my favourite winter warmers! I was really happy to have a bath and snuggle in my winter jammie’s, it is really starting to heat up in Dubai… I’m the most summery person there is but I really enjoyed the cold!
The next morning after a truly epic breakfast with the crew, complete with mountains of bacon (the equivalent to gold in Dubai) and even pretzels and pancakes, I was ready to hit the Neuschwanstien castle with Janelle from the USA and Candice, a fellow Aussie. We caught a couple of trains (that I coordinated, thank you very much) to the faraway town of Füssen and then a bus halfway up the mountain to the Neuschwanstien castle, the castle on which Sleeping Beauty is based upon, and the castle at the beginning of the Disney movies. Life made!
We trekked up the mountain and once we were there the views were spectacular! We took so many photos of everything! From the top of the castle we could see people on this rickety footbridge seemingly suspended out of the trees. After a bit of poking around and sign language, we figured out how to get to the bridge and set off. It was a short walk away, and after battling with countless tourists (and their unnecessary photography equipment, you know the kind….) we took our photos and then got the hell off thing because it was literally swaying in the breeze! It also became really cold, so we did what all crew does when the weather turns…. Searched for food and beer! We had snacks from a traditional German kiosk and I had a curry wurst, which I discovered was my favourite when James and I went to Berlin a few years ago. This, chips and a Pauliner (Bavarian special beer) was just what we needed. After a stop at the sweet shop we caught the train aback just in time to watch the sun setting over the marvellous green fields and pretty little villages.
A day well spent, that ended in another bath, some sushi and watching Frozen in bed. Not having to set an alarm on a layover? Perfection!
The next day, I’m not ashamed to say, started off much the same, with ridiculous amounts of Bacon and eggs and even (shock, horror) an accidental coffee! A group of us went to the English Gardens for a walk around that lead us to another beer garden…unfortunately no drinks for us as we had to fly later…but some apple strudel and weird German donuts were lovingly shared. After a mammoth food shop, it was time for skype, carful packing and a relatively busy flight back to Dubai. After that I was more than ready for bed… Unfortunately we landed at 6am and I had a Cairo turnaround the next day…straight back into it for me! This was one of my most treasured layovers so far, great destination and crew paired with my weakness (European food) was a match made in heaven! Enjoy the photos, sorry for the delay, more updates coming soon ( I don’t want to waste my time in Canada, not even a second!) xxx