My awesome crew!

Posted: June 29, 2010 in International, Photography
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I had a blast getting to know Prague with my crew, but I also thought they were extremely photogenic, so I took advantage of putting them up against a beautiful Prague background. Meet Seth, Mona and Rebecca.

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There’s a rumor going around that with all of our 550 crew members that have been stuck for over 6 days in Europe, half are now going commando! Remember this when you say hello to your crew as you FINALLY board your plane back to the US this week. Wait – you all are probably going commando too! 🙂 Maybe this thought will keep a smile on everyone face on our journeys home. I know mother nature interrupted our lives drastically this week, but let’s look at the humor in it, folks!

I’ve actually enjoyed my “mini” vacation. I’ve had a chance to tour Budapest, take fantastic photos, get outside of the city to explore, and have even had time to relax. Tomorrow, I end my visit with a Moroccan massage and facial. Life is rough, isn’t it? I hope you enjoyed your unexpected stay as much as I did…

Here’s just a taste of my stay in Budapest – what a great city!

© Sherry Martin Photography

Two days ago I got on the subway to head to work and noticed these two guys sizing me up, saying “oh, she’s a flight attendant.” Somehow, I knew I was going to be approached. The short scrawny guy eventually made his way over to me, and says:

“TWA?” and I replied with a bit of a smirk – “No,  TWA hasn’t been around for a long time.” His response – “ya, I’ve been gone for a long time.” And that’s when I notice the scar from his mouth to his ear. I’m thinking…hmmm?….how come the crazies always gravitate towards me on the subway? and how do I be pleasant while in uniform but stay out of this developing conversation without being rude?

And then he asks – “have you seen the new show “Fly Girls?” and I explain to him that -“no, flight attendants don’t live in a gorgeous million dollar house in between trips, and no, all flight attendants don’t party like that” and I’m thinking – “for being in the slammer for a while, you sure are caught up on your reality TV!”

“Aren’t you afraid to fly?” he asks? and without hearing my response, he says “they had to shoot me with a gun to get me on a plane, and they sliced up my back” as he proceeds to lift his shirt and show me a knife scar across his back. “you see that? I hate flying!”

What do you say next when you’re in that awkward situation? I responded “I’m sorry.” And then he got off at the next stop.

I honestly think he just wanted to talk. I realized that he didn’t even know the guy he’d been conversing with previous to me.

Since this incident, though, I’ve been thinking about whether it would be wise to go to work in regular clothes, and change into my uniform at the airport… what do you think?

Maybe I should write a book?

I thought these images captured the overall essence of our vacation in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic last month – calm, laid back, days filled with palm trees, white sand beaches and beautiful ocean blues.

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These images are the result of a couple unexpected hours spent on Monday at the Carlsbad Flower Fields in Carlsbad, CA. The fields were only 60% in bloom.

Enjoy!

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Just want to say I’m proud of you kiddo! You’ll be in my thoughts and prayers, and I can’t wait to see the photos and videos, and hear all your stories!!

Have the time of your life!    xo Sherry

For those of you who don’t know about this amazing kid – check this stuff out! He will inspire you – I promise! Your jaw will drop when you see what he’s done, and what he’s about to do!!

He’s also featured in this month’s OUTSIDE magazine – great article – check it out!

http://outside.away.com/outside/culture/201004/jordan-romero-teenager-extreme-adventure-everest-1.html

Catch the CBS Early Show April 9, for live feed from basecamp in Kathmandu, Nepal!

Jordan’s website: http://www.jordanromero.com/

video: http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=6152545

utube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JW4pxVg75oA

I always look forward to stepping foot in Africa, and this trip was no exception. The first day on this layover the weather was rather muggy and overcast, so a few of my crew and I started out with a cold drink at Wato, a second story outdoor restaurant. We had come to do a bit of “people watching” but it was a fairly quiet Sunday, so we eventually rambled off to “get lost” in the culture.

What we came to experience that afternoon was African everyday life. We found ourselves on crowded backstreets, walking past mamas who were cooking “cake”  in large metal pots outside of their shacks, selling freshly caught lobster and crab, dishing out pork on a makeshift table on the side of the street and doing laundry. I found myself swarmed by curious children dying to have their picture taken, dancing on the sidewalks so I would notice them and then exploding with laughter once they saw themselves in the camera’s digital view finder. We wandered past basketball courts and soccer (football) fields all buzzing with endless enthusiasm from both players and spectators and we eventually ended our stroll near the lighthouse and the “oceanfront” properties – shacks that look like they could hardly withstand a thunderstorm.

Our last stop of the evening was the Osekan Resort, an outdoor restaurant literally sitting on the edge of the African continent.  The patio was lit by outdoor lanterns and was pounded by fierce Atlantic waves. What mattered to us was the ambiance – we were in Africa, and it just felt right. To top off the evening, while walking away from the resort we even ran into Santa Claus, clearly a moment unexpected.

Our second day in Accra, a few of us made our way to the African Cultural Market. Having been to this market many times, I am always impressed with the art, the carvings, and the friendliness of the people who know me by name. I am frequently serenaded with “Sherry” songs, and hugs are as common as the bartering itself. I always walk away with a smile, and some type of art carving that is much too large to bring home on an airplane. This time it was a 4 1/2 foot beautiful ebony giraffe that I named “Shorty.”Sadly, because of a recent change in government, this market is expected to be torn down and rebuilt, a rather unfortunate situation for most vendors as they will simply not be able to afford to have a shop once the government takes over.

The highlight of the night – we found our way to Heritage in Osu, a 5 Cedi ($3.50) ride to an Indian restaurant with mouthwatering curry dishes. Who would have thought the Indian food would be so good in Africa?

A fairly poor country, I think that Ghana definitely makes up for it in spirit and friendliness. Here are just a few street scenes from Accra.

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