The stories of a Ph.D. student toiling away for peanuts at a community college. Will she ever feel like a legitimate leader of the classroom? Will she find the strength to continue in her own education? These and other questions will be explored below...
Friday, June 18, 2010
I'm not due up for teaching until the end of this month, and my mind has been wondering. It's that summer daydreaming. This week vacations have been dangling themselves in front of my nose and in the words of Liz Lemon, I want to go to there.
It started with a bike tour through Tuscany. Doesn't that sound amazing? It does.
I get these emails from a company that hosts designer sample sells, and they also have a travel section. That should have been my first clue that this trip would be waaayyy out of my price range, but I saw the words "wine" and "gelato" and my mind was gone.
The trip sounded amazing. You bike all day, with stops for wine tasting, gelato tasting, picnics, tours, and end each day at a luxurious 4-star hotel or B&B's (not my thing, but whatever). The pictures look incredible and I was in love.
I went to the website knowing full well that we aren't going on any other vacations this year and probably no vacations next year or the year after that. But, you know, it doesn't hurt to look. Anyway, I clicked on over to the Ciclismo Classico (in case you were wondering), and saw these trips run about $4,000. Each. Per person. Oh sure, let me just reach in my pocket here. Whoops, I must have left four grand in my other jeans.
So, hell no was my answer there, but it was late at night and my time was just begging to be wasted, so I started searching around for other bike tours and found many in Ireland, which I think would be a beautiful country to see by bike. I saw more awesome trips, looked at more gorgeous pictures, and gasped at outlandish prices.
I filed those trips in my mind to be checked out again for maybe a 10th year anniversary trip, when a giant trip catalogue landed on my front porch. I flipped through and saw another dream: a trip through Egypt with a cruise down the Nile. Again, it looked amazing and the itinerary was really a one of a kind. But the crazy thing was that they wanted me to give them money in order to take part. Of course, that just won't do. Another trip on the back burner.
Those people must be in my mind, because I just got up to go check the mail and there was a more detailed itinerary of the Egypt trip. They know.