Friday, September 28, 2007

One night in Bahrain

We made a stop in Bahrain. This is a very small island country outside of Saudi Arabia. There is a bridge that connects the two countries and on the weekends, Saudi's flood in to enjoy freedoms like drinking and dancing. I took a couple pics on our way back to the airport. One thing that I haven't found for a long time is a place to get my hair cut. Our attendant has started to tell me that she won't talk to me anymore until I get my afro trimmed down.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Ramadan in the Middle East

We've been flying around the Middle East for the last week. Most flights are in the middle of the night due to the fasting and sleeping during the day. I've been told that during Ramadan, you cannot eat or drink in public during the day or you will be sent to jail until it ends, and caned 40 times. Lately I've been sleeping through the day and staying awake at night which is good because my body is changing its clock back to our time. I'll be back in the US on the third and in Washington around the tenth. When I return at the end of Oct. there is talk of a trip to Kuala Lumpur and some other destinations that will be a lot of fun. I wish I had some pics to post but there really hasn't been much to take pictures of these days.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

The plane is fixed and we're in Geneva

After trying to get the brake assembly out of customs for 5 hours, I found a couple mechanics to get the plane back up and flying. We are now in Geneva, unfortunately we will have to leave tomorrow afternoon. I've snapped a pic of us with the new pilot Steve.

Friday, September 14, 2007

The wallet has been found!

Someone has returned my wallet to the hotel in Spain. How great is that! We are in Riyadh now with a flat tire and a broken brake assembly. It is difficult to find anyone qualified to work on our airplane in Saudi Arabia so we are waiting for a mechanic to get his visa and come here from Dubai. When the plane broke, we were only flying a day trip and returning to Jeddah, therefore we left our bags at the hotel. Needless to say, I've had to do a little shopping. We have met up with our new pilot Steve, he is a great guy from Florida.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Lots of dancing in Vienna

We arrived here in Vienna on Thursday and will be leaving tomorrow. Unfortunately it has been raining the whole time so we didn't do much sight seeing. We did however explore the night life and had a great time. Here are a couple of pictures from the night clubs we found. I haven't gotten to do a whole lot of dancing for a while, so it was fun to get out for a couple nights. I had to do a little Karaoke as well. I just received my training itinerary and it looks like I will be flying into Dallas for training from the 5th to the 9th.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

All is well in London

Well I did not find the wallet but I have a replacement of everything on the way. We are leaving London for Vienna tomorrow. The pilot with me now will be leaving and another sent near the middle of the month. The owner of this plane enjoys me as his Lead Captain so I'll continue to do this until I can get a great job in the Northwest, hopefully with Nordstrom, Costco, or something similar.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

An unfortunate day in Malaga

After a great night touring around Malaga, my wallet must have dropped out of my pocket in the taxi. Tonight I will have the hotel call the taxi dispatcher to tell the drivers that there is a handsome reward to anyone who comes up with the wallet. I went to the police station and not one of them spoke English which was surprising to me. The officer opened a drawer and showed me a few wallets that looked about 20 years old and covered in dust. We told them "Gracias" and continued our search.