From MSP to NYC
After living in Minneapolis and being based there for the past two years it was time for a change. I needed something new. I've always wanted to live in New York City and I blame Sex and The City for the ideas they put in my head. February came around the corner so quick that I ended up putting in my base transfer and transferring to NYC. I was paying month-to-month- in Minneapolis so leaving my gem of an apartment wasn't really an issue. I flew my dad up to help pack up my things and the next day I rented a van and solo drove to New York. I love driving and I love doing it by myself; I could blast music all day, any genre I want, and no one could judge me for it. Four Redbull's, one forty minute nap, and only two potty breaks later --I made it. I wish I could explain the feeling of driving in New York at night and parking that car in front of my apartment. I'm here. I'm home.
Fast forward to six months later, I'm all settled in. There's been a lot of adjusting to because New York City seems like a world of its own. I've gotten lost on subways. Forgot how to get home. Went to the wrong airport for work. Paid for excessive amounts of Uber's. Spent way too much money of trying new foods. Exploring the same streets multiple times because each time feels so different. But I wouldn't want it any other way. I seriously am so elated that I'm living here no matter how exhausting the hustle and bustle feels.
Being a flight attendant in New York is on a whole new level and I give credit to all of those who work out of these airports. For my company, being based in New York means that us flight attendants cover all three airports: Newark (EWR; New Jersey), LaGuardia (LGA), and John F. Kennedy (JFK). Now I know what you're thinking, "holy @#$% how the #$%^ am I going to make it?." You just do. Luckily for me, my seniority can hold not getting any trips from EWR. It's far from Brooklyn and traveling there for a trip is expensive. Working out of either LGA or JFK are both in equal distance from my apartment so getting there takes about an hour by subway...if they're running on time. I prefer working out of JFK though, because the route to the airport is much easier and just working and walking through that airport feels more like, "yaaaas hunty, I'm here to work, I'm here to slay, I'm here to serve." I blame the coffee I'm drinking right now for the amount of giggles I have writing this.
Going to work can be a hassle though. I have to carry my luggage and bags up stairs on the daily --rain, shine, or snow. Pushing through crowds. Standing on subways waiting for a seat, hoping the person next to me doesn't hate me for taking so much space with my bags. People have respect for you though. Maybe because my company is so accredited. People stop me all the time and ask me where I'm going or where I've gone. They waive. Some ask for photos. I keep extra sets of wings in my bag for little kids who love airplanes and parents love that. The challenge of everything in between makes it worth it.
I love my job. I love that I'm in New York with amazing crews and good attitudes. I really can't see myself being based anywhere else. Everything I could want and hold is right here. I'm so excited to see where the rest of the year takes me and the opportunities and countries have to offer.
See you in the sky.