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Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Back to Canada + Back On Line!



On the tarmac in Santiago de Cuba!

Twenty four hours ago we were packed with our bags getting aboard our bus to the Santiago de Cuba airport for our flight back to Toronto. It was a very hot sunny Caribbean day. My good friend Yoyito came by to make sure all our arrangements were in order. Like many teachers and university graduates he makes better money working in tourism then he would at any other job. We met a long, long time ago, as teachers though, and of course today is "on the house". A few hours later we were high above the clouds homeward bound.

I watched an on board movie with my sister, and had a nap with my headphones on listening to my music. Its about a 3 1/2 hour flight. As often seems to be the case these days, we spent more time at the airports than up in the air this trip, but no matter. We descended through the clouds to see the lights of the wet cold city of Toronto sprawled out below. Life speeding back up to its usual first world pace. Cellphone calls, customs, baggage, Janet picked us up among the rush hour madness. Faster and faster everything speeded up more from its lazy Cuban pace; cars, lights, signs, radio, finally pulling up in the car at home! A quick reality fix, stepping out into the friggin' cold, but with a great tan, very relaxed and all.


Flying high!

Everyday life can wait. I am not going outside today. I don't think so, unless I drive over to the post office. CP24 news is on the tv, as I catch up with everything that's been happening with my friends and colleagues on the phone. Here's what I'll be doing on my blogsite to get it back up to speed over the next few days:

I will finish my Cuban Schools Project/ travel blog and post the photos in them, and on the slide show top left screen. I will post date them so they will appear below here, previous to November 12. I think so. We ran into a brick wall with the internet and I had to just hold off posting any more until I got home.

I have some important documents and links to post on the following:

ETFO's legal report on the new CB announcement. Are there more available yet?

The Reinstate OECTA's Richard Brock Campaign. What happened at PE and COP?

The continuing, unravelling Rob Ford story ... yes everybody even in Cuba knows all about him, all the international visitors at the hotel. Said one wag on the elevator when I told him I'm from Canada: "My condolences!"

Ho boy! Embarrassing or what! We are indeed the laughing stock.

Start my November Teachers News + Views Link post.

Other: Have I missed anything while I was away? Let me know by gmail or in the Comments section.

Your Comments are all now posted and up to date!

Whew! What a week! I had a fabulous time, but it's always great to get back home.
Of course, now that I'm retired I will be taking advantage of the seat sales and plan to be flying off more. As a teacher we worked for it, we paid for it, it is ours. Do not, repeat do not, hesitate to retire when you think the time is right. And for crying out loud don't let the politicos get hold of our teachers pension fund!!!


My sister Maryanne and I

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