25 August 2012

Jungle crew in Colombo :)

Colombo, Sri Lanka
GMT + 5,5 hours
Flying hours - 5
Transit stop - Maldives

Not feeling very inspirational these days but anyway, here it is, a short 'Tarzan way' story about Colombo :)

With a million honeymoon couples onboard we had a stop in Male, Maldives... Can you imagine the torture of flying over those beautiful islands, landing there and not be able to go out from the aircraft, even less to go to some amazing beach and chill under the palmtree? :)

Reaching the hotel, hungry as usual, we went to King Coconut to grab some delicious grilled shrimps! Would've been great if the portions weren't so small...by the time we came back to our rooms I was hungry again! :D

Early in the morning, (like...6 am early!!!) we took a taxi for the day and start our tour... 
2 hours long drive through the countryside with the greatest driver ever! He was showing us around, talking about history, industry, religion, plants and animals...he knows everything there is to know about the island!

First stop elephant riding wooohooo :)))
Big, hairy, fat, 3 tones heavy, old but cute elephants! Feeling was almost the same as riding a camel, only slower... We could've also go and take an elephant shower but we didn't have our swim suits :))

an elephant's tooth :O

For the tea lovers, second stop was at the tea factory, had a walk around and a cup of black tea with some sweets aside... 

5 minutes later we were in the Spice garden. Small, green oasis by the road with all sorts of plants growing there. Another walk and talk around the place...how you can mix this with that, what is it good for, making oils and creams...Interesting but I was so tired I didn't remember any useful tip he gave us :)

During even longer drive back we've all fell asleep and woke up just in time for another 'not enough food for me' lunch. Oh God people where do you keep meals for grownups, really?! :p

Nihal, the good driver took us to see the fish market and how fish is being dried on the sun, drove us by the 18th century 'castle' ruins (today's prison!), by the haunted old factory (today's restourant), also telling us TRUE ghost stories :) Oh yes, they DO exist...even some hotels our crew stays in are haunted, hehe, funny and good to know :))

Enough playing around, it's time for work now - uniforms on, pack your bags and check yourself in for another flight back home... :)
Over and out :*

15 August 2012

Chocolate watches knives... = Switzerland!

Meine Damen und Herren...
Welcome on board, flight No.087 to Zürich, Switzerland.

Flying time - 6 quick and busy hours
GMT +2
Currency - expensive enough :)
Weather - fresh air everywhere
Crew - 5th time's charm? (or something like that) :)

Where should I start?
Ok, let me explain something first... Traveling around the World is indescribable, but the reason why some layovers are better then the others are people you go there with! Crew is the biggest part of every flight, specially layovers, so if you click with each other you'll have a great day or two, and some of us just did :)

And here it is...our 24 hours...
Same story every time - changing clothes as soon as possible, taking cameras, right currency from your wallet and let's roll!

Walk by the lake and a search for a restaurant with good food, even better drinks and a nice view... Wasn't that hard in a town like Zürich, but then again we had a great guide who knew where to take us and how to bring us back home :)
Thank you sir, pilot, sir :)

There is one thing I love about these trips - whenever people see a group of us having a great day they wonder...and first thing they ask is ''where are you from?'' Hm?! Do they really expect a simple answer?? :) Well...let's see... France, South Africa, Tunisia, Denmark, Lebanon, Ethiopia and Croatia! The best part is that ''are you kidding me?'' look on their faces and questions how, why, what are you doing here... :))) it can go for 10 minutes like that :)

Ahhh, one day of fun, laughter, grown ups talk, lots of pictures, little bit of street dancing, food, drinks, icecream, fresh air, beauty, peace and sound of crickets in the backgorund :) - rest for my soul...

At the end of the day, thirsty again, only bar we could find was Irish pub where we also met (an Irish) guy who knew Croatian! And he also knew where is Klenovica (for the ones who know what I'm talking about) :)))
Meeting people this way is so refreshing, and proves how World is actually a very small place :D
Both leaves me speechless every time, and I hope to feel this excitement always 'cause the feeling is absolutely amazing! 

Anyway...we had a few more hours in the morning before the flight so we went to buy some souvenirs and take some more pics... There's a small village hiding behind the hotel, what to say? - Green meadows and hills, small beautiful gardens, typical Swiss houses, a church, a fountain with cold spring water and fresh apples straight from the tree! Priceless!

Easy busy way back, bye bye Europe, see you next month (hopefully) :)

Chüss :***