|so thankful you suggested the trip|
It all started in my first year of teaching when my friend suggested we backpack through Europe in the summer (she is also a teacher and had the summers off too).....actually her wonderful mom suggested the trip for us.
At that time of my life, I honestly hadn't given much thought to traveling, or going overseas. I thought it was too expensive for someone like me ( I was teaching .5 kindergarten and tutoring the rest of the time). Anyway, we made a tentative plan, but due to circumstances, we postponed it to the following summer.
I had no idea what to expect............the only thing I can say is that is EXCEEDED my expectations times 100. I felt free, I met all these people from all over the world, saw for the first time what other cultures thought of Americans, and of course we got to visit places that we'd only read about. It made so much history come alive. (no pictures because it was before I had a digital camera and those pics are back in AZ).......but here's KC and I.
To make a long story short......it was amazing........I loved it. We went to England, Scotland, France and Spain. I met a special South African boy there (literally-I think he was 21!....I was 24). When I got back home, I met a teacher at new teacher meetings that had just returned from teaching for a couple years in England. We luckily exchanged email addresses and she gave me lots of great tips and advice to go about teaching there.
On the last day of school, I flew to England for 2 weeks to go to interviews set up by a teaching agency. The first day I arrived, my boy from the Europe trip was waiting for me. Everything felt completely right. I took a job and moved there in August 2005.
I stayed for a year, but it was a tough teaching year (rough area, 3 principals quit!), and although my personal life was great with a sweet boyfriend and great flatmates, I was exhausted from that job. So, back to Arizona.
Visa only good for 6 months-England was much better this time around as I was able to substitute and not get stuck at a tough school! I also got to do some more traveling! As I went back to Arizona, my cutie went to Iraq : (
2 years later, a situation presented itself and I had the itch to move again (my sweetie was in Afghanistan at this point). So off to Melbourne, Australia I went!! I had never been there before and I bought a one-way ticket! How could Australia be anything but heaven??! (I was totally right by the way!)
I stumbled across the most amazing teaching job ever in this amazing place: English Language School for New Arrivals!! Public school for 6-12 months for new arrivals, class size around 10. Yes please! Sweetest children I have ever met. An experience I will cherish forever.
Back to Arizona, newly engaged to my South African sweetie, with a third deployment to wait through. I finished my Masters degree, enjoyed amazing long-term teaching positions, and soaked up time with family and friends for a year. There were highs and lows through that period, but I made it through!!
Back to England in February 2012 to get married with my now out-of-the-army husband!! Who knows how long we'll be here, but I'm trying to make the most of these gifts and blessings! Enjoy every moment right?! (Especially summer moments in England with the rare sunny days-haha!)
Lots of love and thanks for reading! I hope to have this record when my memory declines in the future!