Educational Traveling: Greece

Mykonos. A Getty image, not mine. Not yet!

I’ve moved and traveled all my life. Once you get a taste for traveling, staying put in one place is difficult. As a child, we moved and experienced different states like Illinois and Wisconsin and California. I worked full-time at sixteen and paid for my first trip to London and the countryside when a teacher offered the trip. At eighteen, I enlisted in the U.S. Navy and trained in Orlando and San Diego before stationed at the northern tip of Scotland for four years. From there, as a dependent wife (Is there a more deplorable phrase invented by a man?) we were assigned to a communication station on the coast of Maine.

I became a teacher at 38 and continued on with graduate school. I moved from Illinois to Virginia to teach, and now I live in Arizona fully vested in my career. What’s the best thing about teaching? The opportunity to woo my students and inspire them all, every day, about history? Close.

Acropolis and the Parthenon
Acropolis and the Parthenon, Getty image

I vowed when I became a teacher that I would offer trips to students such as my old teacher had. It really changed my life. In 1979, the global village wasn’t a term yet, but I learned then that experiencing other cultures fosters open-mindedness, and that’s sure better than the alternative. Because I am a teacher, I travel internationally for free. How? Educational traveling. Maybe you went on a trip in high school? I recruit students and their families and their friends to join me on trips during the summer break for 10 days. Over the years, single adults, entire families, college students, and high school students sign up for these trips. Departure cities vary; we connect at the destination. They are glitch-free and inclusive, except for lunches. We stay in 3 and 4-star hotels at the center of the city. We are transferred from here to there safely. Free time is mandatory for personal exploring and culture-soaking. If I want one, a courier who speaks the native language escorts us around and makes sure we are happy. Otherwise, I’m the courier. Passports.com is the traveling company, and I’ve been working with them since 2000.

Strangers become friends because differing perspectives enhance the experience. Learning new things, respecting your space, admission to the popular venues, free time, and no worries–that’s a vacation. Next June we travel to Spain, and in 2018, southern Italy. Have you ever wanted to visit there? Join me! Email me and let’s talk. cbruchman@yahoo.com. Okay, that’s the end of the pitch. Thanks for reading.

Santorini, Wikipedia image
Santorini, Wikipedia image

This Friday, July 8, sixteen of us are going to Athens, Greece and island hop the Aegean Sea. Stay tuned for future Five Shots posts and a report about the EU situation. The Lucky 13 Film Club will happen when I’m on the cruise ship. That should be interesting. Literally, Michael will respond to you from California and I will discuss from Greece. When Michael and I look up at the stars, they will be in different spots in the sky. What a world!

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  1. OH MY GOSH!!!! Consider me extremely jealous. That sounds like an incredible trip. Whatever you do please take a ton of pictures and share them when you get back. Have a fun and safe adventure Cindy.

  2. I was just saying to my wife that if there was one euro country I would like to visit some day it would be Greece. Dep;hi, The Parthenon … I think I would spend quite a while looking around there. Alas … that will not happen … in this lifetime. I’ll try to visit vicariously through your adventure.

    1. I appreciate you stopping by and commenting. I will do my best to take crisp pictures and capture the beauty of the area. Stay tuned for my photography posts called “Five-Shots”
      Come back soon 🙂

  3. Take me with you! Greece looks so beautiful! Best trip I ever had was a college trip to Europe. We visited 9 countries in 30 days. It changed my life. It inspired me to get a BA in European History. I want to revisit Spain and Italy. Anyhow, I hope you have a fun trip. Enjoy and take care!

    1. Hi Eric, I’m not surprised you have explored Europe. Yipes! 9 countries in 30 days sounds tortuous to me. I am getting old. 😉 Thank you, stay tuned for photo posts. 🙂

  4. I really appreciated this blog. The pics are great but the philosophy even better. I’ve travelled much of the world and in the process have realized how little we really know with all our advanced education. There is so much to learn from different cultures that’s positive. We need to get out of our little closeted communities and expand our minds. I cringed at the written words dependant wife. Marriage is a partnership and we are mutually dependent on each other. The word for wife in Hungarian means second self in translation. I think they almost got it right there as the husband is also a second self. lol. More blogs like this to challenge our thinking please.

    1. Hi Ian. You are kind. I resist posting personal posts because it goes against my nature. I think privacy is a necessity. Too much is bared, in my opinion, but I’m old fashioned in that regard. Soap boxes turn me off. I’ll try to throw in more opinion pieces in the future, and I appreciate your encouragement. Cheers, friend.

  5. I love this, Cindy! It’s things like this that make me wish I lived in a far more developed country, and had access to things like this! I hope that you have a great time on your trip, though I am sure you will! I thoroughly enjoy travelling, and I am looking forward to the next big trip my husband and I will arrange at some stage!

    1. Zoe, once you start traveling, you want to see it all, yes? Thanks for the well wishes. If I remember correctly, you live in South Africa? That’s a continent I would love to explore. At the very least, Cape Town would be a fascinating introduction.

      1. Absolutely, there is so much to see in the world! Yep, out here in SA, and it is lovely here, it truly is, but is is VERY expensive to travel from here, etc. Cape Town is lovely! Maybe one day, one of the trips you do is down here 🙂

  6. Oh wow, I’m soooo jealous!!! Greece would be a dream trip for me, been wanting to visit there for ages. “Once you get a taste for traveling, staying put in one place is difficult.” So very true Cindy, I wish one day I could travel more, but it’s tough when you have a 9-5 job.

  7. “Experiencing other cultures fosters open-mindedness”, that is really true!! Sometimes people go abroad and stick to their own comfort zones, to people from their own cultures/races/religions. Which is bad, ’cause they always tend to have per-conceived notions, judgemental views, of others. But if they actually make an effort, and befriend people, without suspiciously looking into their roots, cultures alien to them, people will naturally would be more broad-minded.
    This post, reads like a beautiful memoir; maybe you’ll write your autobiography, specifically about experiences, in various places you’ve lived.
    It’s 10th evening here, so assuming you must be in Athens now. Hope you are having fun!! Have a safe and enjoyable journey.
    Spain and southern Italy sound superb. If I can afford it next year, who knows, I might join you all. 🙂
    Have fun!!!

  8. Hot diggety damn. Will you look at that first photo?! Very impressive way to start off the post. Hope you had a great time in Greece and couldn’t agree more about travel. Been far too long but perhaps funds wise I might settle for something interstate next year rather than international. Think of me when you’re in Spain though. 🙂

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