) slow descent towards 0%. For those that are relatively new to this blog, we've long said that our trip will end when we get tired of traveling or we run out of money.
This post is a little different than past posts in that we decided to team write it. Not exactly collaboratively, but independently one after the other.
Comments from Ashley:
Yesterday was my last day of work. It kind of feels surreal. I can no longer introduce myself as a high school math teacher (at least, not for the next little while), but I will always be a teacher at heart.
I think the moment it really hit me was when I selected all of my files on my work laptop and hit the delete key. I kind of thought that deleting over four years worth of work would be more epic and time-consuming, but ten seconds later everything was gone. Symbolically, deleting all of my notes, assignments, and tests meant saying goodbye to my four years of teaching at that school. To all my teacher friends
: I'm not totally crazy... I do have all my work saved on a flash drive which will be backed up before I go).
Handing in my laptop and keys to the secretary was an equally emotional moment. It was the equivalent of a police officer handing in their gun and badge. In that instant, I was unemployed. Gone was the schedule. (And gone was the bathroom schedule... I will no longer have to wait for the bell to ring to be able to go pee.)
Handing over my keys and laptop to our school secretary, Lorrie. Photo credited to Mr. Joshua Bekker.
I have to admit, I cried a couple of times when I had to say goodbye to some of my colleagues that I have worked closely with and who have become great friends. Thanks for four great years guys!
Over the past couple of years I have been working with teams of teachers to do innovative things with Grade 9 classes. During this process, we were often told to "go slow." And now, that's exactly what I'm about to do. "Go slow" is our new traveling mantra. There's so much to see and experience in this world... there's no reason to rush through it all.
Comments from Mike:
I'm not going to get all emotional and blubbery, it's just not my style. Yesterday I left the company that I've worked for since my last year of university 7 years ago. One thing I intended to do, but didn't get around to on my last day, was to send out an email to my co-workers thanking them for being so great to work with and to give them the address of this blog. If you happen to be one of the lucky few that I managed to give a Traveled Earth Buisness Card to, please feel free to pass on my thanks and this blog's address to any co-workers that you think may be interested.
Work was kind enough to throw me a bit of a sendoff party at my favorite Regina establishment: Bushwakkers. I'd like to thank everyone that made it out, I had a lot of fun. For those that couldn't make it, no worries, I received your well wishes by email, phone, and word of mouth and appreciated them all. So, one last time - goodbye, thanks for making the last seven years so great, take care.
June 30th was a milestone day that we've been waiting a long time for. Yesterday it came and went. June 30th was the last day we were both employed. The day we received our last paychecks. And it was our four year wedding anniversary (surprisingly Mike was the first to remember. We've been so caught up with preparing for our trip that it almost went unnoticed).
With June 30th passing, we open the next chapter in our lives. No more alarm clocks, no more commute to work, no more income. As an exciting new feature we've reversed the direction of our travel funds progress bar and it will now begin its