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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

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posted by Caroline at 14:00 comment View Comments
First introduction

If there’s one thing that still amazes me after working as a flight attendant for so many years, it’s how we manage to build a team during each and every flight. Mind you, most of us have never met before. We usually meet for the first time around an hour before departure. While introducing ourselves,… read more »

posted by Caroline at 14:15 comment View Comments
Airport hustle and bustle

The atmosphere at airports has always thrilled me – all those people coming and going, for all sorts of reasons. I try to imagine what it was like in ancient times: the same hustle and bustle must have been noticeable then at places where horses and carts came and went, and at the harbours where… read more »

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Giving directions: all in a day

It seems like yesterday, but it’s been a year now since KLM introduced a new uniform for their female staff. I’m pretty sure that I will be referring to it as our ‘new uniform’ until the next one comes along. Which might be for quite a while: the previous one lasted over 20 years! I… read more »

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KLM collectables old and new

The only things I’ve ever collected in my life are marbles. There was a very practical reason for that: without them I couldn’t play marbles with my friends. And that would have made me an outsider – the greatest fear of almost every child. That’s where my short life as a collector ended. I don’t… read more »

posted by Caroline at 15:02 comment View Comments
Flight to Miami: dj on board

Ever heard of the Fly2Miami flight? I’m talking about the first ever flight to be filled up via Twitter. Amazing! KLM announced on Twitter that they would be reopening their Amsterdam-Miami route on 27 March. A Dutch DJ and a filmmaker responded with disappointment, since that would be too late for the DJ festival starting… read more »

posted by Caroline at 12:35 comment View Comments
cabin attendant

I’ve always wondered why the majority of people I meet think that the job of cabin attendant is a typically female thing. It’s an idea that must have grown over the years. According to the stories of retired cabin attendants I spoke to, who used to work in the business in the early years, it… read more »

posted by Caroline at 21:32 comment View Comments

There’s hardly a night when I’m not woken up by my not-to-be-ignored bladder. I wouldn’t even call it ‘woken up’; it’s more like a state of half-consciousness in which my body informs the night-guard in my brain about the action that is needed. Preferably I stay as unconscious as possible at such times, so I… read more »