We named the dog Indiana...

Okay, so I had another blog planned…but I went to Petra yesterday! It took us some time to get off the ship, due to a lack of communication about passports. But, by about 11:20 we were headed out! We caught the first shuttle that took us from the port to Aqaba, Jordan (about 10 minutes away). From there, Diana had arranged a taxi for us. We met him once we got off the bus and he drove us the, almost 2 hours, to Petra. The drive itself was beautiful. Landscapes we don’t have in America. Mountains of rock, fields of sand, and goats…lots of goats. Once in the Wadi Musa, the town outside Petra, the road made circles around the valley, descending in a spiral. It was odd, but worked very well with the geography of its surroundings. Our taxi dropped us off right at the entrance to Petra. We exchanged some money, bought tickets and water and started our adventure! There are many ways you can do this walk…you can walk the whole thing, or break it up into sections of different methods of transportation. There are horses at the start, which we chose to ride to the Siq. After that we chose to walk the rest of the way, however, there are carriages, camels, and donkeys available to get you through. We walked through the Siq, which was created by a natural splitting of the mountain. It’s cavernous and beautiful! There are remnants of the ancient civilization of Petra all throughout, in the form of stone paved roads and cutouts in the rock face for the springs. The Siq is about 1.2km (about 3/4 of a mile). At the end of it, it narrows to pretty much a one way street before opening up to the beginning of the actual ancient city of Petra. The first thing you see in the opening is the Treasury! Not only is it fantastic to see the set behind Indiana Jones, but to stand there and think about the people that carved this building into the sandstone, into the mountain, thinking about the people that lived here and the earthquake that took it all away…it’s breathtaking! We moved on and found the Amphitheatre! Also carved into the rock, it is the only one in the world like it! It sat about 4000 people at its peak. I would’ve loved to have seen a performance in that time. Looking around it you can see the cutouts in the rock resembling what may have been shops or homes. And suddenly I could imagine the city, bustling with day-to-day life. It’s an absolutely amazing feeling. We then passed the Royal Tombs and continued through the city. Then we got to the stairs… There is a Monastery at the top of the mountain overlooking Petra. In order to get to it, you need to climb up 800 steps. And these are not sane-person steps. These are 4-5 regular steps, followed by a slope with some indents, followed by 10 wide and shallow steps…etc. It was fun to see the indents in the steps indicating where most people have walked over the past 1700 years. But, oh my! I was about 71 degrees out, so perfect! I hear a lot of people saying how hot it usually gets there, but we scored a day where there was a nice breeze and it was fairly cool…until we started climbing. Diana and Shae went on ahead; they seemed a bit more used to it. I made it about half way before I needed to sit and drink some water! About 3/4 of the way up and it got really tough. Jesse and I were both flagging a bit, but we pushed through! We made it to the top and it was 100% worth it! There is a large open space that greets you at the top, and a few steps down (hooray). When you turn the corner you see the Monastery. I’m pretty sure my exact reaction was “Wow…” It was truly a sight to behold! Then we got to go back down all those steps! Much easier climb…though a bit slicker on some of the slopes. Moving aside for goats, donkeys, and dogs also gave us a bit of a challenge. We made it to the bottom, walked back through the city and saw a few things we missed on the way up. (There are holes carved out of the side of the mountain, these are tombs, and today people who don’t have a place to sleep tend to use them as shelter). We almost got run over by some carriages, the horses tend to do what they want so it’s good to stay as close to the wall as you can. Finally we got to the end and got back in our taxi. Another 2 hours and we were back on the bus, and shortly after back on board the ship. We were back on by about 7pm so the rest of the night was fairly short and uneventful. Diana had to work at about 8, Shae and Jesse both had 2 shows to spot and perform, respectively, I did up the schedule for the next day and walked around the ship checking lounges (yay, more walking). Then sleep. I am oh-so-very sore today! Not as sore as I thought I’d be, but my legs and hips are NOT happy. It was an amazing experience though, and had with amazing friends. I wouldn’t have changed that for the world! More pics are on my Facebook page, but here are a few, including the map of the distance walked yesterday…keep in mind that from the bottom of the cliff by Qasr al-Bint to the Monastery is all uphill and stairs! Love to all!

Okay, so I had another blog planned…but I went to Petra yesterday!

It took us some time to get off the ship, due to a lack of communication about passports. But, by about 11:20 we were headed out! We caught the first shuttle that took us from the port to Aqaba, Jordan (about 10 minutes away). From there, Diana had arranged a taxi for us. We met him once we got off the bus and he drove us the, almost 2 hours, to Petra. The drive itself was beautiful. Landscapes we don’t have in America. Mountains of rock, fields of sand, and goats…lots of goats. Once in the Wadi Musa, the town outside Petra, the road made circles around the valley, descending in a spiral. It was odd, but worked very well with the geography of its surroundings.

Our taxi dropped us off right at the entrance to Petra. We exchanged some money, bought tickets and water and started our adventure! There are many ways you can do this walk…you can walk the whole thing, or break it up into sections of different methods of transportation. There are horses at the start, which we chose to ride to the Siq. After that we chose to walk the rest of the way, however, there are carriages, camels, and donkeys available to get you through. We walked through the Siq, which was created by a natural splitting of the mountain. It’s cavernous and beautiful! There are remnants of the ancient civilization of Petra all throughout, in the form of stone paved roads and cutouts in the rock face for the springs.

The Siq is about 1.2km (about 3/4 of a mile). At the end of it, it narrows to pretty much a one way street before opening up to the beginning of the actual ancient city of Petra. The first thing you see in the opening is the Treasury! Not only is it fantastic to see the set behind Indiana Jones, but to stand there and think about the people that carved this building into the sandstone, into the mountain, thinking about the people that lived here and the earthquake that took it all away…it’s breathtaking!

We moved on and found the Amphitheatre! Also carved into the rock, it is the only one in the world like it! It sat about 4000 people at its peak. I would’ve loved to have seen a performance in that time. Looking around it you can see the cutouts in the rock resembling what may have been shops or homes. And suddenly I could imagine the city, bustling with day-to-day life. It’s an absolutely amazing feeling.

We then passed the Royal Tombs and continued through the city. Then we got to the stairs…

There is a Monastery at the top of the mountain overlooking Petra. In order to get to it, you need to climb up 800 steps. And these are not sane-person steps. These are 4-5 regular steps, followed by a slope with some indents, followed by 10 wide and shallow steps…etc. It was fun to see the indents in the steps indicating where most people have walked over the past 1700 years. But, oh my! I was about 71 degrees out, so perfect! I hear a lot of people saying how hot it usually gets there, but we scored a day where there was a nice breeze and it was fairly cool…until we started climbing. Diana and Shae went on ahead; they seemed a bit more used to it. I made it about half way before I needed to sit and drink some water! About 3/4 of the way up and it got really tough. Jesse and I were both flagging a bit, but we pushed through! We made it to the top and it was 100% worth it! There is a large open space that greets you at the top, and a few steps down (hooray). When you turn the corner you see the Monastery. I’m pretty sure my exact reaction was “Wow…” It was truly a sight to behold!

Then we got to go back down all those steps! Much easier climb…though a bit slicker on some of the slopes. Moving aside for goats, donkeys, and dogs also gave us a bit of a challenge. We made it to the bottom, walked back through the city and saw a few things we missed on the way up. (There are holes carved out of the side of the mountain, these are tombs, and today people who don’t have a place to sleep tend to use them as shelter). We almost got run over by some carriages, the horses tend to do what they want so it’s good to stay as close to the wall as you can. Finally we got to the end and got back in our taxi. Another 2 hours and we were back on the bus, and shortly after back on board the ship.

We were back on by about 7pm so the rest of the night was fairly short and uneventful. Diana had to work at about 8, Shae and Jesse both had 2 shows to spot and perform, respectively, I did up the schedule for the next day and walked around the ship checking lounges (yay, more walking). Then sleep.

I am oh-so-very sore today! Not as sore as I thought I’d be, but my legs and hips are NOT happy. It was an amazing experience though, and had with amazing friends. I wouldn’t have changed that for the world!

More pics are on my Facebook page, but here are a few, including the map of the distance walked yesterday…keep in mind that from the bottom of the cliff by Qasr al-Bint to the Monastery is all uphill and stairs!

Love to all!

Temples, and Mopeds, and Tuk Tuks...Oh My!

Image: Gangaramaya Temple Haven't blogged in a while, but since we're in India now and I can't get off, I have some time! This cruise started off with a day in Phuket, Thailand! Went out with some friends and got lunch. Green curry chicken and rice! Then we went on an adventure at got mopeds. I attempted to drive one, with not so much success, so I ended up riding with a friend. We drove to a waterfall. Not a big one, but pretty! We climes up a bit and got some great pics. Afterwards we headed back to the ship. Our next stop was Colombo, Sri Lanka. A few of us were going to go to the tea plantation, but when we found out it was a 2hr taxi ride away we decided it wasn't worth it. I ended up going out with Diana. We found a Tuk Tuk, which is basically a moped with a car built around it so people can sit in the back, and he took us around to a few of the temples. They're gorgeous! The intricate decor and the Buddhas were very moving and wonderful to see. One of the temples we visited was built around a giant tree that they believe to have healing powers. In the temple you're required to remove your shoes, and cover your knees, they have skirts at the door for those with shorter shorts. We ended our day by getting food at the mall. We both went with more local food...though there was a Pizza Hut and a Dominoes in the food court! Lunch cost us each about $4. We also went to the supermarket in the mall and picked up some snacks for this week. I found Mt. Dew! That made me super happy, I didn't think I was going to be able to have that till I got home. So now that I've been fully doing my job for over a week I figured I should explain exactly what I do. The Production Manager A is in charge of everything that happens in the theatre. I am in charge of everything that happens in the lounges. My day starts with me checking emails, then I take a walk around the ship to make sure everything is struck from the previous night. Throughout the day I continue to walk around the lounges and make sure set ups are happening when they're supposed to. I also spend about an hour and a half a day making the schedule for the next day. Sometimes I do spots for the shows in the theatre at night if we don't have enough people. I end my day in Reflections, the largest lounge, with whatever main event is happening that night. I have another post almost ready to go, but I will wait to post it! Love to all!

Image: Gangaramaya Temple

Haven't blogged in a while, but since we're in India now and I can't get off, I have some time!

This cruise started off with a day in Phuket, Thailand! Went out with some friends and got lunch. Green curry chicken and rice! Then we went on an adventure at got mopeds. I attempted to drive one, with not so much success, so I ended up riding with a friend. We drove to a waterfall. Not a big one, but pretty! We climes up a bit and got some great pics. Afterwards we headed back to the ship.

Our next stop was Colombo, Sri Lanka. A few of us were going to go to the tea plantation, but when we found out it was a 2hr taxi ride away we decided it wasn't worth it. I ended up going out with Diana. We found a Tuk Tuk, which is basically a moped with a car built around it so people can sit in the back, and he took us around to a few of the temples. They're gorgeous! The intricate decor and the Buddhas were very moving and wonderful to see. One of the temples we visited was built around a giant tree that they believe to have healing powers. In the temple you're required to remove your shoes, and cover your knees, they have skirts at the door for those with shorter shorts.

We ended our day by getting food at the mall. We both went with more local food...though there was a Pizza Hut and a Dominoes in the food court! Lunch cost us each about $4. We also went to the supermarket in the mall and picked up some snacks for this week. I found Mt. Dew! That made me super happy, I didn't think I was going to be able to have that till I got home.

So now that I've been fully doing my job for over a week I figured I should explain exactly what I do.

The Production Manager A is in charge of everything that happens in the theatre. I am in charge of everything that happens in the lounges. My day starts with me checking emails, then I take a walk around the ship to make sure everything is struck from the previous night. Throughout the day I continue to walk around the lounges and make sure set ups are happening when they're supposed to. I also spend about an hour and a half a day making the schedule for the next day. Sometimes I do spots for the shows in the theatre at night if we don't have enough people. I end my day in Reflections, the largest lounge, with whatever main event is happening that night.

I have another post almost ready to go, but I will wait to post it!

Love to all!

First Cruise Down

Image: Sunset over the South China Sea Hey everyone! I know it's been a bit, it's been difficult figuring out what exactly I should blog about, but here goes!  So the first cruise is over, we're back in Singapore. I figured I'd take some time to fill you in on the last few ports! Nha Trang, Vietnam is gorgeous! Just don't try to drive there. We got off the ship and got a taxi to take us to the beach. The way they drive is super confident and doesn't seem reckless, but is definitely different. They weave in and out of "lanes" with no worries at all. It seems like more of a "if I move over, that guy will get out of my way" philosophy, and it seems to work for them. The beach was great, we spent about 45 minutes in the warm water, on a 90 degree day. I highly recommend it. The next port I visited was Ko Samui, Thailand. We didn't do as much here, mostly walked around, got some food and bought a few things. The US Dollar equals about 34 Baht in Thailand. Next was Laemchabang, Thailand. This is the costal city closest to Bangkok. There are some excursions for guests that take you in to Bangkok, but unfortunately I didn't have time for those. I only got out a little on the second day there due to the torrential downpour that started in the morning. But I was able to get a couple souvenirs. It's a bit dissapointing, but it gives me a reason to need to come back to Thailand at somepoint! I did get out the night before. Since this is an overnight port, after we finished work we headed in to Pattaya. Everything in Pattaya is open late...most of it from 7pm-7am, nightlife. I suggest looking some stuff up about Pattaya, and specifically "Walking Street" before visiting at night! We had some fantastic Thai food, followed by an amazing hour long massage, at 2am, for about $5 (200 Baht). When on Walking Street, I described it as a 'scummy Moulin Rouge,' we didn't do too much. We listened to a couple bands playing and met up with some other people from the ship. We finally headed back, and were back on board around 4:30am. The last two days we've been at sea on our way back to Singapore. Sea days are long days for me, starting at about 10am, and ending around midnight (with a few breaks). Port days are much simpler, I check on things around 10, but then don't really start working till 4, ending by midnight. So that's all for now. Tomorrow is my first "Embark/Debark" day so I'll let you all know how that goes, and I'll be posting a list of things I've found interesting when it comes to theatre onboard vs theatre on land! Hope you're all well, Kate

Image: Sunset over the South China Sea

Hey everyone! I know it's been a bit, it's been difficult figuring out what exactly I should blog about, but here goes! 

So the first cruise is over, we're back in Singapore. I figured I'd take some time to fill you in on the last few ports!

Nha Trang, Vietnam is gorgeous! Just don't try to drive there. We got off the ship and got a taxi to take us to the beach. The way they drive is super confident and doesn't seem reckless, but is definitely different. They weave in and out of "lanes" with no worries at all. It seems like more of a "if I move over, that guy will get out of my way" philosophy, and it seems to work for them. The beach was great, we spent about 45 minutes in the warm water, on a 90 degree day. I highly recommend it.

The next port I visited was Ko Samui, Thailand. We didn't do as much here, mostly walked around, got some food and bought a few things. The US Dollar equals about 34 Baht in Thailand.

Next was Laemchabang, Thailand. This is the costal city closest to Bangkok. There are some excursions for guests that take you in to Bangkok, but unfortunately I didn't have time for those. I only got out a little on the second day there due to the torrential downpour that started in the morning. But I was able to get a couple souvenirs. It's a bit dissapointing, but it gives me a reason to need to come back to Thailand at somepoint! I did get out the night before. Since this is an overnight port, after we finished work we headed in to Pattaya. Everything in Pattaya is open late...most of it from 7pm-7am, nightlife. I suggest looking some stuff up about Pattaya, and specifically "Walking Street" before visiting at night! We had some fantastic Thai food, followed by an amazing hour long massage, at 2am, for about $5 (200 Baht). When on Walking Street, I described it as a 'scummy Moulin Rouge,' we didn't do too much. We listened to a couple bands playing and met up with some other people from the ship. We finally headed back, and were back on board around 4:30am.

The last two days we've been at sea on our way back to Singapore. Sea days are long days for me, starting at about 10am, and ending around midnight (with a few breaks). Port days are much simpler, I check on things around 10, but then don't really start working till 4, ending by midnight.

So that's all for now. Tomorrow is my first "Embark/Debark" day so I'll let you all know how that goes, and I'll be posting a list of things I've found interesting when it comes to theatre onboard vs theatre on land!

Hope you're all well,
Kate

Some Interests

Hey Everyone! We've been to our first port, and are now on to the next. I don't have a lot of new info on the tech theatre end, as I've mostly just been shadowing and seeing how things run. But, I thought I share some other things that have come up. 1) Schedule for PSM: It's pretty much a 'make your own schedule' type job! There are places I need to be at certain times, but when I take breaks and when I actually start my day is completely up to me. I schedule all the AV guys, and then supervise, make sure things are getting done, and help where needed. 2) The View! Anywhere you go on this ship the view is incredible. Being in the middle of the water with no land for miles is wonderfully peaceful. And having the ability to watch the sunrise and set with absolutely no obstruction is incredible! 3) Interesting Tip #1: If you take a cruise and want to swim, do it between about 6:30-10:30pm. The pool is pretty much empty because everyone is at dinner, or has turned in for the night! 4) Crew Perks/Extra Perks: So the crew on board has crew activities...these are usually things that happen between 11:30pm-1am, when the guests are asleep, and everything is closed. Last night was Persian Garden...sauna/Turkish bath. And tonight was Solarium, the indoor 'adults only' pool and hot tubs. There are karaoke nights, and BBQs, and movie nights as well! As a Production Manager, I get some extra perks as well...I get to eat dinner (breakfast, and lunch on port days) at OceanView, it's a buffet style dining hall for guests. There are also sections that make the food to your liking, steak, fish and pasta! And an Ice Cream Bar!! Also, due to the fact that I supervise the lounges and the events that take place in them, there are very few guest areas that are off limits to me. And tonight, the main event was "Mamma Mia Mania" and I ended up on the dance floor for about 15 minutes, just cause! 5) The ports...I'm going out to my first one tomorrow in Nha Trang, Vietnam! I'm definitely excited to start exploring. There will be more on this later, I'm sure!! Love to all!

Hey Everyone!

We've been to our first port, and are now on to the next. I don't have a lot of new info on the tech theatre end, as I've mostly just been shadowing and seeing how things run. But, I thought I share some other things that have come up.

1) Schedule for PSM: It's pretty much a 'make your own schedule' type job! There are places I need to be at certain times, but when I take breaks and when I actually start my day is completely up to me. I schedule all the AV guys, and then supervise, make sure things are getting done, and help where needed.

2) The View! Anywhere you go on this ship the view is incredible. Being in the middle of the water with no land for miles is wonderfully peaceful. And having the ability to watch the sunrise and set with absolutely no obstruction is incredible!

3) Interesting Tip #1: If you take a cruise and want to swim, do it between about 6:30-10:30pm. The pool is pretty much empty because everyone is at dinner, or has turned in for the night!

4) Crew Perks/Extra Perks: So the crew on board has crew activities...these are usually things that happen between 11:30pm-1am, when the guests are asleep, and everything is closed. Last night was Persian Garden...sauna/Turkish bath. And tonight was Solarium, the indoor 'adults only' pool and hot tubs. There are karaoke nights, and BBQs, and movie nights as well! As a Production Manager, I get some extra perks as well...I get to eat dinner (breakfast, and lunch on port days) at OceanView, it's a buffet style dining hall for guests. There are also sections that make the food to your liking, steak, fish and pasta! And an Ice Cream Bar!! Also, due to the fact that I supervise the lounges and the events that take place in them, there are very few guest areas that are off limits to me. And tonight, the main event was "Mamma Mia Mania" and I ended up on the dance floor for about 15 minutes, just cause!

5) The ports...I'm going out to my first one tomorrow in Nha Trang, Vietnam! I'm definitely excited to start exploring. There will be more on this later, I'm sure!!

Love to all!

Starting Out

I'm on the ship! Yesterday was extremely long. Up early to catch the shuttle to the port. Got breakfast at the Hotel and rode over with Jesse, he's a drummer for one of the jazz bands on the ship. Knowing someone already has helped. Once on the ship we started training. Signed my contract and met the person I'm replacing. Then it got a bit crazy. I found out that, as Production Manager B, I act as the supervisor for all the lounges on board. There are 10, including the Pool Deck. They have bands, duos, solo acts, and events going on pretty much every night, and all day when we are at sea. (Virginia...they do Silent Disco nights...) Getting so much information at once was overwhelming, to say the least. On top of that we had our first boat drill...All crew and passengers are required to partcipate, and it only happens once...it informs everyone of what to do in case of an emergency/ if there is a need to abandon ship. I am an assistant leader for one of the Muster Stations in the Theatre, in charge of crowd control and making sure everyone is in the place. The security and safety stuff is more overwhelming than the actual job. As the day went on I saw that most of what I'll have to remember is just where everything is. There are "secret" storage spaces all over the ship, by the lounges that house Mics, amps, stands, mixers, etc...remembering what is in which one is going to be the most difficult. The security and safety stuff, on the other hand, is something I was not entirely prepared for. There's so many things on a ship that can go wrong, so many accidents that might happen...we have to know as many as possible, and what to do in the event one happens. At about 8:30 last night, while we were eating dinner at Ocean View (one of the restaurants some of the crew is able to use) the ship left port. That was kind of incredible to watch, as the shoreline started to move away. I ended yesterday around 10pm and was exhausted, I still hadn't slept more than 3.5 hours a night for the past 3 days. I walked around on the deck for a few minutes and it was calming watching the water and watching the lights of the city. Calling home was something I wasn't expecting to be able to do, but I was able to and it made my night much better. The support system I have from home is absolutely amazing! Today was long, but easier. More training this morning and this afternoon. Still a bit jetlagged, but it's getting better. I was able to take a good long walk of the ship today. Still trying to map out everything...got lost a few times yesterday, and there are A LOT of stairs. This ship is huge, and it's not even the largest of the Celebrity ships. This evening we set up for a formal event in the grand foyer, moved drapes and set up lights. During the event I met som of the senior Officers on board, including the captain. At the start of every cruise they do an Officers' Soiree, so I should get to know some of them quite well. Finished around 10 tonight, after dinner at Ocean View again. Added bonus...no roomate! I was thoroughly expecting to have at least one roomate...if not more. But I have my own room! It's a fairly crappy one, with a smoking area not far away, but in 2 weeks, when the other PSM leaves, I move down to her room, which is also a single! Alright, that's it for now. I'm off to bed, we get an extra hour tonight since we're switching time zones! Love to all. 

I'm on the ship!

Yesterday was extremely long. Up early to catch the shuttle to the port. Got breakfast at the Hotel and rode over with Jesse, he's a drummer for one of the jazz bands on the ship. Knowing someone already has helped.

Once on the ship we started training. Signed my contract and met the person I'm replacing. Then it got a bit crazy. I found out that, as Production Manager B, I act as the supervisor for all the lounges on board. There are 10, including the Pool Deck. They have bands, duos, solo acts, and events going on pretty much every night, and all day when we are at sea. (Virginia...they do Silent Disco nights...) Getting so much information at once was overwhelming, to say the least. On top of that we had our first boat drill...All crew and passengers are required to partcipate, and it only happens once...it informs everyone of what to do in case of an emergency/ if there is a need to abandon ship. I am an assistant leader for one of the Muster Stations in the Theatre, in charge of crowd control and making sure everyone is in the place.

The security and safety stuff is more overwhelming than the actual job. As the day went on I saw that most of what I'll have to remember is just where everything is. There are "secret" storage spaces all over the ship, by the lounges that house Mics, amps, stands, mixers, etc...remembering what is in which one is going to be the most difficult. The security and safety stuff, on the other hand, is something I was not entirely prepared for. There's so many things on a ship that can go wrong, so many accidents that might happen...we have to know as many as possible, and what to do in the event one happens.

At about 8:30 last night, while we were eating dinner at Ocean View (one of the restaurants some of the crew is able to use) the ship left port. That was kind of incredible to watch, as the shoreline started to move away.

I ended yesterday around 10pm and was exhausted, I still hadn't slept more than 3.5 hours a night for the past 3 days. I walked around on the deck for a few minutes and it was calming watching the water and watching the lights of the city. Calling home was something I wasn't expecting to be able to do, but I was able to and it made my night much better. The support system I have from home is absolutely amazing!

Today was long, but easier. More training this morning and this afternoon. Still a bit jetlagged, but it's getting better. I was able to take a good long walk of the ship today. Still trying to map out everything...got lost a few times yesterday, and there are A LOT of stairs. This ship is huge, and it's not even the largest of the Celebrity ships. This evening we set up for a formal event in the grand foyer, moved drapes and set up lights. During the event I met som of the senior Officers on board, including the captain. At the start of every cruise they do an Officers' Soiree, so I should get to know some of them quite well. Finished around 10 tonight, after dinner at Ocean View again.

Added bonus...no roomate! I was thoroughly expecting to have at least one roomate...if not more. But I have my own room! It's a fairly crappy one, with a smoking area not far away, but in 2 weeks, when the other PSM leaves, I move down to her room, which is also a single!

Alright, that's it for now. I'm off to bed, we get an extra hour tonight since we're switching time zones!

Love to all. 

Flying Half Way Around the World

Flight Day(s)

Yesterday went well! We left the house around 5:00pm, Kiefer, Mom, Dad, and I piled into the car and were on our way. We stopped in Fredonia around 7 for dinner. Wing City Grille!! We made it to Pittsburgh a little after 11 and settled in for a very brief sleep.

Up at 4:30am and getting ready. This morning was filled with love and tears. I said goodbye to mom and dad at the hotel...and then said it again. Kiefer took the shuttle to the airport with me, and helped me carry my bags and get checked in. Then came the hard part. Saying goodbye to someone who has become such a big part of my life in so short a time was not easy. I have to say here how grateful and luck I am to have someone so amazing, so supportive, and so loving pushing me to be my best. Saying goodbye was not easy for him either, but he helped me stay calm and always helps me believe in myself.

Mundane stuff, getting through security was relatively quick and painless. Waiting to board the first flight felt like forever, but then the time came. The first flight was only an hour and fifteen minutes, not much to tell there. We landed in Boston with ease and I got to my connecting flight with time to spare.

The second flight was a bit more...well...long. 12.5 hours from Boston to Dubai. The seats were fairly roomy, I was in an aisle seat in the middle of the plane, not good for views, but there was no one next to me so I was able to spread out! Complimentary blanket, headphones, ear plugs, pillow, eye mask, toothbrush and toothpaste! I ended up watching several movies, Fantastic Beasts, Doctor Strange, Inferno, and Now You See Me 2 and slept for a couple hours. Meals weren’t too bad, chicken and pasta, a mini pizza, and complimentary soda and wine! Landed in Dubai safe, but had to wait for the tram to pick us up. First flight I've ever had where I got off on the tarmac! Standing in the heat (yes heat...it was 74 when we landed) didn't sit well with me and I was dizzy and nauseous for a bit. Had to go through security again as well, never fun. Sat down, had some water and talked to Mom and Kiefer, that helped!

Final leg of the journey. I boarded in Dubai and headed to Singapore. The seats were the same as the last flight, but it was fairly packed, as the flight continued on to Melbourne after Singapore. 7.5 hours, 3 episodes of Sherlock, and a few episodes of Arrested Development later and we landed! I napped a little on this flight as well...but still not enough.

Got off the flight, found my shuttle and waited in the 76 degree (10:30pm) heat until it arrived. Quick trip over to the hotel and got checked in. Met a guy in line who is also boarding tomorrow. It'll be nice to have a friendly face on the first day. Now I'm going to sleep!!!

I get on the ship tomorrow, sometime mid morning! Here we go!!

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Alright everyone...here we go!

As most of you know (though some may not) I will be leaving in just over a week to begin a job Stage Managing on a cruise ship.

I will be on the Cruise ship "Constellation" with Celebrity Cruises.

I board the ship in Singapore on March 19th...after a very long plane ride. I hope to post on this blog weekly, if not more, to keep people up to date with my travels! I will post pictures and stories here and on Facebook.

Today I finally began packing! Laid out all my clothes and figured out what I need to bring and what I can live without for 6 months. So far, I have enough clothes, and lots of extra room!

Check back soon for more updates!