This whole time I’ve been planning the summer trip with my students I’ve been thinking I’d be the only chaperone (it’s only 11 kids, after all). Well….. that’s all changed now! I’ve got another teacher going with me now. Probably a good thing, in case anything should happen to go wrong. Will know for sure tomorrow who it’s gonna be, but it looks like it will be one of the Spanish teachers. That’s cool, b/c I really like him a lot. He usually does a trip to Spain every year but this year there weren’t enough kids to do it (again I’ll say it, DARN ECONOMY). He knows Madrid like the back of his hand, good thing for me b/c that’s one of the two places on the trip I’ve never visited. He says we can easily take a day trip to Toledo on the train. OH… and I bought my ticket back to Paris from Madrid today. 9 EUROS!!!! MERCI, RYAN AIR! Well, you do have to pay 15 euros for one bag and it can’t weigh more than 15 KILOS????? Gonna have to pack WAY lighter than usual. Ever flown Ryan Air? Wonder what it’s like. Can’t be worse than Southwest Air. C’mon… 9 Euros? As long as we take off and land safely, I’m game!
Yes, I feel very lucky! Woohoooooo!! This summer I’ll be in France, well I guess I should say in Europe, for two whole months. Leaving June 1 with my students for a trip all over Europe for 23 days, then my husband and kids are going to come over and meet me there and we’ll stay until August 2. But what am I gonna do???? Charlene!!!! I’m so sad you can’t help me chaperone this year. Just to fill everyone in, I usually can afford to bring along a chaperone on these trips. Darn economy.
So what’s on the agenda? With the students we’re going to London, Amsterdam, Munich, Innsbruck, Venice, Florence, Rome, Paris & Madrid. Can’t wait to go to Amsterdam and Madrid, those will be new destinations for me! Maybe I can get some suggestions on how to deal with eleven 17 year old boys in Amsterdam??? Eh……. ok. So I already told them that we could go IN a coffee shop, but that we WON’T be placing an order. And I told them that we would walk THROUGH the red light district, but that we won’t be placing any orders there either. We’ll see how that goes!
When the guys go back to St. Louis we’re gonna have some real vacation time. 6 weeks of relaxation….or at least some relaxation. About a week or so in Paris, then it’s off to the south for the rest of the time. This year we’re not taking the train. We’ve decided to rent a car for four of the six weeks we’ll be there. It’ll be easier to get around that way. CANNOT wait….. Just 13 more official days of school, we’ll just not count those exam days. Now… All I need to focus on is losing 10+ pounds before I go. Yeah, right. Keep repeating mantra: Real women have curves, Real women have curves. Everyone say it with me now: Real women have curves.