In the summer of 2003, I was watching on TV the 10th FINA World Aquatics Championships which were held in Barcelona and I was absolutely charmed by the city. The background of the divers jumping from the 10m platform included images mainly with the Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia, the offices skyscraper Torre Agbar, the Tibidabo mountain and its Torre de Collserola. In that moment, this dream looked a bit impossible due to fact that I was only 14 years old, neither me nor my parents had a valid passport, nobody from my family had traveled abroad since the December ’89 Romanian Revolution. Who imagined that years later I will visit the city countless times and even live and work there?! First, I did it by enrolling on a Spanish language course in a local school and second, by enrolling on a bachelor degree in tourism in a local university, a period during which I both studied and worked there.
Miami, oh Miami! It all started back in my childhood when I was watching with my parents the Miami Vice television series. The sailboat where character Sony Crockett lived throughout the series, the Ferrari cars driven by the characters, the images with the life in the Art Deco district in Miami Beach and the skyscrapers from Downtown Miami astonished me. Another dream that seemed impossible for a long time, but in the summer of 2010, the Work&Travel Summer Program gave me the opportunity to fulfill my childhood dream and visit Miami for the first time. Hopefully not the last!
June 2011. Emirates Cabin Crew Open Days Recruitment. This is was the day I met Dubai and the UAE. The video shown to us with the Dubai attractions opened my eyes towards a new world, the Middle East. The only information I had at that time about the area were the stories of my grandpa’s trip to Abu Dhabi back in the 80s, when Middle East was completely different than what is now. I didn’t pass the assessment that day, but that video made me curious and I started to read more about UAE, which eventually led to me passing the assessment for airport ground staff and flying to Dubai for a new beginning 1 year and half later, following my best friend Andreea, who did pass that first assessment and became a cabin crew for Emirates.
In my case, the visual counted a lot in choosing my destinations. I recognize that the movies and TV series watched influenced a lot my childhood dreams and they still influence me even now. To this day, I managed to fulfill some of those dreams and see destinations like those mentioned above, plus others that I still wish to see, like Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Fez in Morocco, New York and California in the USA, Mexico, that I’m sure will become real at some point in my life.