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Summer Count Down

Susan gives up a recap of what she has got up to this summer.

I usually count down the days to the summer holidays, after long terms, stressful exam preparations and just my body being in need of some R and R. As a supply teacher, this summer was not quite the same. It means six weeks of no pay, no lying on a sun lounger knowing you’re actually being paid for the privilege!

You have to pre plan your savings to cover not only the monthly bills, but savings for a holiday. I did manage this and as I am fortunate enough to be back in full time work in Sept I wanted to maximise this last chance of freedom. So I planned a four week road trip around Europe, just me and my dog. I recommend it to anyone, it was an amazing. I started in Holland, was at the Gouda cheese market, the windmills of Kinderdijk. Then on to Germany, the beautiful Rhine, Cologne, the romantic road to the Bavarian Alps, then Lake Constance in Austria, swimming in lakes in Switzerland, cheap fuel in Luxembourg, a quick walk in Lichtenstein and then the journey home through Belgium and France.

Its not a cheap holiday due to the fuel and campsite charges but just a beautiful way to see Europe. I am now absolutely knackered from the 1500m round trip but have the last two weeks to recuperate before the new academic year. Its just the best way to learn about local traditions. I woke up to a French market in Thann one morning, so got to practice my school girl French. So whenever I have a bad day when teaching, these precious holiday memories will cheer me up, knowing I am lucky enough to be in a job that allows me to do such amazing trips.

Susan is an experienced secondary teacher who is currently working a supply teacher with our Chelmsford branch.

Tags: SusanW, Chelmsford, Secondary

Category: Australian Teachers

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