Melbourne, Australia
Nyssa, 35
International Flight Attendant for QANTAS
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a bit about Nyssa

What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm an International Flight Attendant for Australia's national airline, QANTAS. Ok, I guess I'm biased, but I believe, my job is the best in the world! It takes me to far away destinations, yet when I'm home allows me plenty of downtime. The incentive of heavily discounted travel has kept my interest in the industry for over 12 years!

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

Well ... to be honest I can't say I've had a BAD job! I did work for a billionaire family, as a sole flight attendant on their private jet. That turned out to be pretty amazing due to the extensive travel yet was an incredibly stressful and demanding experience.

Were you born and raised in Melbourne? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Melbourne?

I was born in Melbourne, but was brought up 2 hours North in a large country town called Bendigo. The opportunities, in country Victoria, for the career path I had chosen were slim to none so I was living in Melbourne not long after my 18th birthday. It's been my home on and off for 12-13 years now. I always gravitate back here!

What’s your current hood in Melbourne and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

South Side! The south and the north sides are determined by the Yarra River (random but hot tip: do not swim nor drink the Yarra). I live on the border of Prahran and Windsor. This area is known best for it's shopping, bars/nightclubs and most of all its fabulous selection of brunch-time cafes...if you're looking for an instagramable and delicious feed this is one of Melbourne's most popular spots! Food, coffee, food, coffee, food. It's a Melbourne thing.

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

I'm into a wide variety of genres and tunes. I'm on a Latino theme at the moment (most of my themes are man or holiday induced). But my favourite music would have to be underground, deep, dirty house music. Some Italian mates of mine have brought a fabulous European sound to Chapel St (Prahran area). Check out their MONDAY parties on the 161 rooftop, The Breakfast Club. You'll find an eclectic mix of people enjoying fantastic beats from 9AM. Music I HATTTEEE = dad's Tom Waites CDs. Just Why??

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Oh Jesus I feel like this is every week... I'll never learn! Music = Anything Flume.

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

I rarely turn the TV on but if I had to choose, Australian drama. I can relate better to the aussie accent and the plots seem more plausible than American shows. Currently enjoying 'Seven Types of Ambiguity' due to a fantastic cast.

Name some spots in Melbourne that are good for a Tinder date.

Hanoi Hannah and Mr Miyagi if meeting South Side/for a meal, Bimbos or Glamorama for drinks in the North.

Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).

Trump. I feel that's a fairly comformable answer.

Who’s your hero and where in Melbourne would you take them out for a serious hang?

The Tan running track and Botanical Gardens are my favourite daytime places to visit. I'd be sure to share this beauty with my hero... my Dad

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

I feel guilty with this answer as most of my clothes I buy overseas on my work trips/travels.. I do however have some fave window shopping spots along Chapel street, South Yarra/Prahran/Windsor and Brunswick street in Fitzroy. I buy most of my items from 2nd hand or vintage stores. I like the lived in look.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Pretty much the outter suburbs. Eww. Sorry to sound snobby but I'm an inner city girl.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

I'm an only child. I do everything I want to do. haha

Where do you go in Melbourne for a casual night out?

Casual nights are my favourite nights. There's a fantastic bar, about a minute from my place, that is my go-to on both warm and cool evenings. Its called Borsch, Vodka and Tears and they are well known for their extensive Vodka selection, polish eats and excellent cocktail skills. If I'm not away for work on a weekend you'll likely find me here.

Where would you go in Melbourne to celebrate some freaking good news?

EEK how exciting! I'd start with a cocktail at Borsch (Vodka and Tears), train in to the CBD for a delicious dinner/drinks at Chin Chin and end with a wander/bar hop from South Yarra station all the way home to my place... If it was ridiculously big news, on a Sunday and I was still alive after dinner and many drinks I would head to the boys Monday Party at 161.

What’s your choice of transportation in Melbourne and why?

Our public transport is fairly spot on! Trains and trams go pretty much everywhere (inner city) and run throughout the night. You'll need to invest in a MYKI card that can be picked up from any 7/11 store or at most train stations.

What are the Melbourne spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Botanical Gardens, St Paul's Cathedral/Fed Square/Flinders Street Station, the MCG for a footy game, Great Ocean Rd, Yarra Valley, Sorrento and Red Hill.

What are the Melbourne spots tourists should run from screaming?

Sunshine. Sunshine is an outter suburb of Melbourne that sounds delightful yet is anything but. Steer clear!

Tomorrow’s your last day in Melbourne. How do you spend it?

An early morning visit to the South Melbourne Market for delicious deli eats, organic fruit and veg and the freshest of oysters, a double strength almond-mylk latte to fuel me for a lap around The Tan (running track)/Botanical Gardens. Late lunch and a cold drip coffee at The Kettle Black. A quick change to meet friends in the city for cocktails at Cookie. Asian fusion at Chin Chin for dinner. More bevvies and dancing with my closest friends back over South Side. Most likely somewhere along Chapel/Greville Streets. Navigating those notorious stairs of Revolver and crawling in to bed some time after daylight the next day ...

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

I can't choose ONE, sorry! I'm in love with Tulum, Mexico. Paris, of course. Athens and the Greek isles. New Yorkkkkk. Anywhere that has a magical vibe with rich history and amazing food!

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