Friday, July 13, 2018

The Traveler's Report: Introduction

Something a little different introduction to a new series, by a guest blogger.

Our love for travel is probably readily apparent from the blog.  There's a great big world out there and there are very few places we're not interested in seeing.  Given that interest, I wanted to create a place for us to report on our travels.  To share in the interesting places we've gone and the interesting things we've seen and done.

To that end, sometimes this series will be my reports from places we've visited together or that I've gotten to go on my own.  There will be a lot that I'm going to repost from Jamie outlining all the interesting places she's been and the great trips she's been on.  She will have much more than me in this realm, thanks to the student tours she puts together.

Her student tours all started back from her graduate school program at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon.  For theater teachers and for practical technical theater, SOU had probably the best graduate program.  For three summers it took a small cohort of teachers running them through the gamut of technical theater aspects.  She also got to take one of her classes in upstate New York for a scenic painting workshop.  Through the program, she made several life long friends, including one fellow teacher who was connected to a travel program through EF Tours (Education First).

Jamie started investigating EF in 2014 and quickly signed up to be a tour leader.  As a tour leader, she plans the location to visit (often planning for two years out), starts looking for students and others to enroll, and then serves as the leader for her group while they are touring.

So far, she has taken students on three domestic tours (New York City twice and Los Angeles) and three international tours (Italy-Switzerland-Paris-London, Ireland-Scotland-England-Paris, and Central Europe: Germany-Czech Republic-Hungary-Austria).  She has also gotten to go on two domestic teacher trips (Washington D.C. during the first shut down and Boston) and one international teacher trip (Spain).

She is already planning for next year (Costa Rica and Nicaragua) and 2020 (Australia and New Zealand).

Needless to say, she has a lot of interesting stories to tell and a lot of beautiful pictures to share.  Over the next few parts of this series, I'm going to start sharing her posts on her recent Germany-Czech Republic-Hungary-Austria tour.  She's broken it down by city stop, so you get a sense of the pace that they were moving at.

I had the pleasure of going on the first international trip and can tell you it was a wonderful trip.  It's definitely not a vacation, but it is a wonderful experience to be able to absorb so much history and culture.  We averaged around eight miles a day in walking to see the sights, but it was definitely worth it.

I'll keep updating this page with links to the various posts in the series, so it can serve as a repository for our travelogue.

Bon Voyage!

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1 comment:

  1. Y'all go to go to Canada. You must do a Montreal, Quebec City, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island trip.