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Alone in Kyoto: Temples, Shrines and Ramen

There is a song by the 90s whimsical electronica French duo Air called "Alone in Kyoto." It's a haunting melody of beauty and raindrops and hope and getting lost at dusk in a Shinto cemetery and meeting spirits and actually not being alone at all. The song, even without words, seems to describe Kyoto perfectly....

Understanding ‘The Flight Attendant Life:’ Must Reads So You Know What It’s Like

Here is a list of flight attendant blog posts that will give you a varied perspective on the job, the lifestyle, and what it's like living 'The Flight Attendant Life.'  Be sure to follow these bloggers and their websites for a good laugh (Sassy Stew), good advice (The Flying Pinto), and the stories of the...

That Could Take Me Anywhere

Last night, I was driving "home," smiling to myself over the fun day that the sun had set to.  I was grateful for simply being in Southern California.  It's the beginning of eighteen days off for me; eighteen much needed days away from that Dreamliner.  I am staying in the same timezone for the most part,...

Alone in Kyoto: Temples, Shrines and Ramen

There is a song by the 90s whimsical electronica French duo Air called "Alone in Kyoto." It's a haunting melody of beauty and raindrops and hope and getting lost at dusk in a Shinto cemetery and meeting spirits and actually not being alone at all. The song, even without words, seems to describe Kyoto perfectly. Kyoto is a city of 1.5 million, located in the Kansai region, about 37 miles...

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Understanding ‘The Flight Attendant Life:’  Must Reads So You Know What It’s Like

Here is a list of flight attendant blog posts that will give you a varied perspective on the job, the lifestyle, and what it's like living 'The Flight Attendant Life.'  Be sure to follow these bloggers and their websites for a good laugh (Sassy Stew), good advice (The Flying Pinto), and the stories of the ups-and-downs, right here at The Flight Attendant Life. Fly High Manila Blog:  Myths About Flight...

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That Could Take Me Anywhere

Last night, I was driving "home," smiling to myself over the fun day that the sun had set to.  I was grateful for simply being in Southern California.  It's the beginning of eighteen days off for me; eighteen much needed days away from that Dreamliner.  I am staying in the same timezone for the most part, and my feet are firmly (as my definition goes) planted on the ground.  I've been...

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Tired of…

Tired of… This life.  It makes me tired of… Disclaimer: Everyone has bad days at work. This is not the view of a collective group or an employer, but simply me exercising my freedom to whine. I’m tired of getting in trouble for my nails being painted with colors.  I was told once that I had flair, maybe too much.  But then I was told, “One can never have too...

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On Wanting…

I started this essay as content for my book.  It turned into something that needed to be published here. So, here it is. -Kara On Wanting Sick. I feel it again.  I don’t know if it is the antibiotic that I have been taking recently, or the jet lag, or possibly the fact that I ate an extra handful of animal crackers with almond butter along with the tortilla veggie wrap...

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Delays Happen: Dealing With Disappointments And Unexpected Inconveniences

I’m not gonna lie.  I’m a little disappointed right now.  I expected to land in Stockholm, arrive at the hotel, log-on to Wi-fi, and find a few things to have happened.  Except, the story goes that I arrived at the hotel, only to discover than none of what I wanted to take place while I was playing in the sky for ten hours, actually did happen. I planned the newsletter...

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Fall Food Inspiration

Healthy Fall Muffins Let me start off by being the first to say that I am terrible at measuring (cooking school taught me that), and even more so at writing things down.  I am still learning to organize my ideas. So, please bear with me as I attempt to give you the closest recipe that I can.  Keep in mind it is ok to go a little over, or a...

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A Flight Attendant’s Marathon Training Stories

When working towards a goal, there are good days, and there are bad days.  Last Saturday, I completed my 20 mile training run as part of the training that I am doing for an upcoming marathon.  This was the 5th time in my life that I have run that far so I wasn‘t too intimidated.  Besides--my 18 mile training run had gone fantastic the week before.  The weather was flawless,...

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Five Questions Flight Attendants Repeat All Too Often

Flight attendants are these predictably unpredictable types.  You may not know where one may end up next, but you can rest assured that you will hear one of these sentences at least once, or most likely many times from a stews mouth. "How full is the flight?" More full than any one of us would like.  Ever.  Please refer to the post, 'A Flight Attendant's Commuter Life' and 'Stupid, Crazy,...

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Portland Love: Coffee, Bikes and Books

Everyone has a city that they keep going back to. A city that's not too big and not too small. A place where people ring their bike bells in a friendly way, and where thick glasses and vintage polyester pants are always the look. A little part of the country where you can bury yourself in the back of a book store with coffee in a chipped mug and a...

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