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

14
Sep
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Just human

Ever wished the earth would swallow you up? I’m pretty sure everyone has had that feeling now and then. At least I have. I had it again on my last trip. As I was standing in the lift with a colleague one night, a lady entered wearing a dress that was just a little too… read more »

07
Sep
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Whale watching water

After we arrived in Panama City, the outgoing crew told us some great stories about spotting whales. Apparently it was the season. So we decided right away to go on a boat trip the next morning. Unfortunately, the only boat we knew of was already taken for the next day. Too tired to go and… read more »

31
Aug
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Social life takes planning

Every Thursday around noon, you might notice a certain turmoil among KLM cabin crew. Because that’s when our new flight rosters are published: we log in to our intranet en masse from all over the world to check our schedules for the next month. We do get the opportunity to make requests for flights, but… read more »

24
Aug
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Bushcamp 2

Being a naturally curious person, I love to find out more about the people I meet. As a flight attendant I meet many people, giving me the possibility to collect a lot of beautiful stories. But it isn’t only the stories of our passengers that I find interesting. Working with different colleagues all the time,… read more »

17
Aug
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High and mighty

There’s a danger in using too much airline slang when among people who don’t work in the business. I remember occasions, mostly at parties, when I enthusiastically rattled on about my work not noticing that the expressions on the faces of my audience were getting more and more hazy. Next thing people would begin looking… read more »

10
Aug
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First Aid Kit

I finally picked up that Big Red Book to refresh my knowledge of flight safety and security last week. And I passed the exams, as everyone did in my class. These flight safety recurrents, as they are called, take place twice a year and cover many subjects. For example, there is first aid. We’re not… read more »

03
Aug
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The Red Book 2

Whenever you hear KLM cabin crew members refer to the Big Red Book, don’t confuse this with the writings of Chairman Mao. Our Big Red Book is the Flight Safety and Security Manual, which is big and bright red. For two days every year, our knowledge of airline safety and security is tested. The first… read more »