Months ago, my beloved co-worker, Cathy, said, “Hey, you wanna go to Greece with me on a great teacher curriculum tour?
I’ve been on a “Living Life Full-Out” kick, and so, given that I’d toured Spain in December and China in February, of course, I said, “Sign me up!” The decision to come was made even easier when I won a great grant for being a “Literacy Champion,” which is helping pay for this tour. Hard work pays off!
So now we’ve arrived in Athens, Greece: a team of 20 BRILLIANT teachers from around New England. And we are in heaven!
First, Athens may be a big city, but it’s calming, green, and lovely. We’ve strolled through the Old Town, eaten more lamb than minotaurs do, and (in the dramatic highlight of yesterday) snuck into the Acropolis the secret, perhaps illegal way: through the back yards of some houses.
The temperature is a serene 70 degrees, and the air literally smells like perfume: orange blossoms to be exact. Driving into the city, the beauty of the Acropolis (towering high on a cliff above) smacked the air out of our lungs. But what has been most moving for me so far on this tour has been the opportunity to spend time with brilliant women of all ages.
Yes, as with many travel situations, this tour is nearly all women, and what women they are! Educators, scholars, and even a famous published author!
I am rooming in a cozy triple room with two women: another Boston Public Schools teacher (whom I cyber-met before when I published her “Teach in the Dominican Republic this Summer” article on TeachingTraveling.com), and an accomplished Latin teacher from a girls’ school in Concord, Massachusetts.
I must go because our bus is about to leave for Delphi (!) where I may or may not track down the Oracle, but know this: I was hesitant at first about going on this tour (Would I be too tired traveling both vacations? Is this the best way to spend the grant money?) but my hesitancies are now gone, like all the clouds in this bright blue sky!
In general, folks, travel is always worth it!
The author, Lillie Marshall, is 6-foot-tall National Board Certified Teacher of English, fitness fan, and mother of two who has been a public school educator since 2003. She launched Around the World “L” Travel and Life Blog in 2009, and over 3.7 million readers have now visited this site. Lillie also runs TeachingTraveling.com and DrawingsOf.com. Subscribe to her monthly newsletter, and follow @WorldLillie on social media!