Caroline

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Biography

Originally I was a computer programmer. After working in that business for about five years, I decided to explore the world. I quitted my job and started a backpacking journey through Asia for a year and a half. I didn’t return as a ‘flower child’ (as many did), but I did get infected by wanderlust. So I applied for a job as a cabin attendant with KLM. This was in 1994. I’ve met many colleagues who planned to do this job for only a few years but are still there now. Just as I am. Because this is the best job ever, for many reasons.

Latest posts

  1. C’est le ton — May 16, 2012
  2. Shopping artists — April 17, 2012
  3. Time-out — April 4, 2012
  4. Local shopping — March 7, 2012
  5. Twinkling star… — January 18, 2012

Author's posts listings

28
Dec
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28 december Caroline - Ro

I just haven’t been that lucky with my New Year’s Eves abroad so far. I guess the best ones are still to come. I remember my first one. We were high in the sky halfway to Tel Aviv, when our watches told us it was midnight. The handful of passengers who were on board, celebrated… read more »

21
Dec
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21 december Blueblog 46 Xmas palmtree

There’s a certain atmosphere in the air during these days before Christmas. In Northern Europe, the days are short, dark and cold. When you walk along the streets and pass all those cosy-looking houses, it makes you long to go inside and spend the rest of the day sitting in front of a roaring fire,… read more »

14
Dec
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7 december mist5

In a comment on my last blog, Tom asked me how we deal with angry and frustrated customers when weather conditions disrupt air traffic. He referred to certain comments on Facebook and wondered whether people react the same in ‘real life’ as they do online. During the extreme fog in Holland a few weeks ago,… read more »

30
Nov
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Blueblog 44 Standby friends

Last week I was on standby again. In a former blog, I wrote about these two-week shifts, during which we have to be available for KLM in the event of disruptions or if a colleague has fallen ill. I’d moved to the countryside since my last standby shift and this means an extra hour’s drive… read more »

23
Nov
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Blueblog Fire alarm

Occasionally a fire alarm will sound while we’re staying at a hotel. Luckily, the ones I’ve experienced have always turned out to be either a drill or a false alarm. When the alarm sounds while you’re fast asleep, it might get rather confusing. In fact, I mistook my first fire alarm for a wake-up call.… read more »

16
Nov
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Blueblog 42 Christmas

The holiday season is in the air. Halloween has just passed, a few Christmas trees are being decorated already, and literally every shop I enter sells ‘pepernoten’. These small, nut-like cookies are eaten in huge numbers during Saint Nicholas, a children’s feast on 5 December. There’s a buzz among KLM’s cabin crews these days as… read more »

09
Nov
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Blueblog 41 Kitten

For a few days now, our family has had a new member – a naughty, stubborn but adorable kitten. Except for our goody-goody, ginger tomcat (who now has to be on his guard against attacks from below and behind all the time) everyone is enjoying the new housemate. I hadn’t realized how much attention such… read more »