April was a great month. Ok - maybe it's because I got to spend a week in Jamaica!
Here's what I did in April:
28. Visited the Royal Botanical Garden in Burlington
I finally met up with my long-time teacher friend Judy Smith. The aroma and colours of the spring flowers were mind-blowing. A great trip at the end of the winter.
29. Presented at the first Caribbean TESOL Expo in Jamaica
I was thrilled to speak at this inaugural event. The conference was fantastic and I met the most interesting and friendly people. A professional highlight! (but I actually had to buy a suit which was a challenge. Very few stores have suits these days.)
30. Interviewed on TV - CVM At Sunrise - Jamaica
The conference organizer Venice and I were interviewed at 6:30 a.m. the day of the Caribbean TESOL Expo. It was a lot of fun and I got to have my make-up professionally done before we went on tv.
31. Ate at Gloria’s by the Sea
A beautiful spot right on the water. Warm breezes, good company and a memorable meal.
32. Visited the Bob Marley Museum
The tour was fun and the tour guide was very funny.
33. Travelled to the Blue Mountains
This was a breath-taking trip. We spent about 6 hours driving up through the mountains. There were very few cars and people which surprised me. Absolutely stunning gardens at some beautiful properties. WOW!
34. Attended the National Dance Theatre Company
I stayed at an AirBnB with the delightful, national treasure Dr. Carol (she is my amazing ager this month) who is probably in her 70’s. She asked me to attend this event and woke me up at 4:00 a.m. so we could leave the house at 5 a.m. It was a beautiful event filled with music and dance (and worth waking up early).
35. Presented at TESL WW at Renison College
I have only been to this city once or twice. It was a great event and met some new ESL teachers. One of the reasons that I wanted to attend was so I could do #36.
36. Had lunch with my son’s former roommate’s mom!
Maggie and I both had kids sharing a house at university. We had communicated many times via text, email and once by phone but we had never met in person. We felt like we were long-lost friends so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be in her city.
I absolutely loved being in Jamaica and really felt the love from everyone I met. Teachers were blown away that I came all the way from Canada to present at their event. I'm planning to spend a few months there next winter! Loved it! Absolutely loved it!
Travelling restores my energy and I love being in a new culture. Since returning home, I have been in a bit of a slump like post-holiday blues. It has been tough to do much of anything since I got home.
I stayed in an Airbnb in Kingston, Jamaica hosted by Dr. Carol. She is a national treasure, a pianist, artist and story-teller. I would estimate she is about 75 years old. A remarkable person who made me feel right at home. It is always inspiring to meet older people with lots of vitality!
If you have any ideas for an activity, please let me know. If you would like to start your own challenge, I would be happy to encourage you on your journey. If you happen to live nearby and would like to join me in an activity, please email me [email protected]
Thanks for reading, Patrice
Who Am I?
My name is Patrice Palmer, M.Ed., M.A., CPP. I have more than 20 years’ experience as an ESL teacher, trainer, and writer. I spent seven amazing years teaching in Hong Kong where my son Andrew was born. I left classroom teaching in 2015 and now work as a teacherpreneur (www.teacherpreneur.ca) doing the things I love such as writing, travelling and applying the science of positive psychology to all my work (www.patricepalmer.ca).
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