Get yer lugs on we're going to Disney - July 16 TR (update 9/2) Life Update: A harbour on a hill?

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  1. Princess Leia

    Princess Leia DIS Veteran

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    I'm glad you've enjoyed it. :welcome: Feel free to join in at anytime.


    We just missed each other - have you been back since then?


    The summer holidays always go so fast. I was back at work on Friday - our pupils start back on Tuesday. The school session goes in so quickly there is always so much happening. Hope you have a good year with your new class.

    :welcome: Glad you are enjoying both the Disney and non-Disney travels. I'm always in two minds whether to include the non-disney travels. I decided to as I enjoy other people's when I read them.


    Do you know which part of Glasgow they were from?


    Thanks - my previous trip report has a part about a short trip in Scotland if you want a bit more Scotland.
     
  2. MickeyReeds

    MickeyReeds Mouseketeer

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    I don't know how to quote, so I'll just answer you here :-)

    We went back to Florida for Spring Break in March 2017 with our kids (15 & 20 at the time). We rented a house which worked well for us, but was different than staying on property! I bought an annual pass on that trip, since it included parking and Memory Maker and I knew we were returning in December, 2017 when our DS (now 16) will perform in the Magic Kingdom and the Citrus Bowl Parade with his marching band. That darn annual pass also caused us to book a quick adults only get away in February to escape the Iowa winter.

    I teach Kindergarten (5 year olds). What do you teach?
     
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  4. Princess Leia

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    I'm sure the weather would have been better than July. Was it very busy at Spring break? Off property certainly gives good options for older kids.

    It did make sense to buy the annual pass. That will be fantastic to see him perform at the Magic Kingdom.

    Well you needed to make good use of that annual pass.

    That's a great age to teach. I'm a Head Teacher of a special school for primary aged children with complex learning needs. We have a good number of little ones starting next week.
     
  5. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

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    Well that sucks! Who steered you wrong?

    She is required to obtain a degree before starting her education degree. So effectively, to become a teacher here, you have to do a minimum of 5 years. 3 years for the first degree (although 4 is the norm... but you could it in 3) and 2 for the education.
     
  6. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

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    What?!?!?!?

    :faint:




    ;)

    Nope! I love hearing about places people went.
    The more "less traveled" the better.

    Wow!

    Really! This should be good.

    ::yes:: No exactly where they are. Being in the aviation industry....

    Air Transat flight 236

    Nope!

    Really? And they haven't put a stop to it??

    Just what you want at the end of a long day.

    :hug:

    Nice of them! :)

    Really?

    How about you not charge that 20, then?

    :sad2:
    Unimpressed.

    Whoops! Your tip just went down..... €20.

    :laughing: Best photo I've ever seen on the DIS.

    Nice view!

    Wait!

    What the heck is a "lilo"????


    Okay... I Googled. Never heard that term before.

    Uh.... it is just a pool, right?

    :sad2: Dude needs to take a chill pill.

    Good for her. Ridiculous rule. Why not???

    Wait.... aren't those "lilos" in the water????
     
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  7. Princess Leia

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    Day 4 in Tenerife – A Walk in the Park

    This trip had been fairly light in planning terms. I had booked flights, accommodation, parking, car hire, airport hotel for night we flew back and park tickets for Siam Park and Loro Parque. Apart from this I had made no plans. With the freedom of no planned itinerary we had the freedom to do what we liked when we liked. This may not be a good option if you want to cram in as much as you can to a holiday and see everything there is to see but we had all just come out of a very busy school session and were up for a slower pace to life. We got up on Day 4 of the holiday and chatted over breakfast about what we might do that day. Alan said he would like to go to a park. After breakfast I got on my iPad and found him a suitable park to visit.

    Parque Municipal Garcia Sanabria was in Santa Cruz de Tenerife which is the capital city of Tenerife in the north of the island. It was an hour’s drive although once we had located the park it took 20-30 minutes of searching to find a parking space anywhere near. We managed to get parked in a side street and had a bit of a walk to the park.

    We had brought sandwiches, crisps and drinks with us and quickly found a bench in a lovely little spot.

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    We enjoyed exploring all the different areas of the park.

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    There were plenty of trees giving plenty of shade.

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    They had a great Cactus garden.

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    Does this count as a Hidden Mickey?

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    It was so peaceful and just lovely to wander along the different paths. I loved this pathway. It was really beautiful.

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    Peter created a game with this sculpture that had a small maze like structure in it. The game was simple with a hider and catcher. You could come out different exits and it inevitably ended with a chase. You will be glad to hear I joined in nicely.

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    There were a few different areas in the park to play.

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    We stopped to watch some wildlife in this pond.

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    Then we were back to the fountain where we had lunch.

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    We stopped for another drink. The cool-bag back pack we got last year certainly came in handy.


    At this stage we decided to head further into town to have a look round a few shops. Given the time it had taken to find a parking place we decided to leave the car where it was. I really liked how on the Rambla de Santa Cruz there was a large park-like boulevard in between the roads giving a safe walkway for pedestrians. After we had walked for over 20 minutes Hannah asked if we could give the shops a miss. I didn’t take too much persuading. We walked back to the car and quickly got the air conditioning on.

    We arrived back in Adeje about 5pm. We stopped off at the commercial centre in Adeje. I took Hannah and Peter to a sports shop as Hannah wanted a UV top to avoid getting burned again. Peter picked up a micro fibre towel for swimming. Alan went to the Mercadona to get some more groceries. When we got back to the apartment he made us Chicken fajitas. We all really loved dining out on the terrace.

    After dinner we played a few card games.

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    We started off with Uno and then played some Rummy. I suggested we changed to play it the version that I played with my Gran. After a bit Alan humoured me and we played it as the 50 up accumulative version. As the holiday went on I asked if we could go back to the other version as Peter got too good at it and I wasn’t winning any games. “Peter, are you sure you don’t want to play Uno?”




     
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  8. bravenyc

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    I love your trip reports and love watching the kids as they age. Also love the "normal life" updates.
     
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  9. pkondz

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    I didn't have a chance to comment on this,
    but saw the photos without really reading.

    I wondered if this was the aforementioned fabled waterpark.
    I will admit to being unimpressed! :laughing:

    "but luckily we had rented a tank and finally just parked on top of some cars. Darwin for the win."

    Not too bad.

    Had to look that up too.
    I'm learning lots on your TR!

    I think so too.

    Woot!!

    Ah. I was wondering if they had to.

    Ouch. Poor thing.

    Not something you expect to hear... ever...

    No surprise there!

    :headache:

    Congrats! Happy (belated) anniversary!

    Very nice.

    Huh. Do you normally like meals very spicy? Or was this one just bland?

    What more can you ask for?

    Well... free.... you can ask for free...

    Score!

    Ouch. You'd think that would be enough!

    ::yes::
     
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  10. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

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    Those are nice. I like seeing new things, but.... sometimes it's nice to come back from a vacation not needing a vacation.

    No ADRs? No FPs?

    That's how I felt on my last road trip. I didn't do very much other than drive. And I was okay with that.

    Yuck. 20-30 minutes???

    Interesting fountain.

    Good if you happen to be two kids with sunburns.

    Nice! Love the round ones.

    Yup!

    It really is. Very nice.

    :laughing: Good for you!

    I don't blame you!

    Because the other ones were still soaking wet from the tide.

    Beautiful sunset.

    :laughing:
     
  11. MickeyReeds

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    It was busy during Spring Break, but we used our touring plans and got a lot accomplished! The weather, well it was quite chilly for a few of the days we were there, if only I'd packed more appropriately! We had to stop at Target to buy some long sleeve shirts and pants for my DH! Even so, it was more enjoyable then June/July weather wise!
     
  12. tazdev3225

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    Caught up. That looks like a lovely place to go for holiday. I totally feel for your kids and the sunburn. I can take a bath in sunscreen, wear a shirt and still get sunburned. I inherited the lovely Irish skin from my red-headed grandfather.

    Happy 20th Anniversary, very nice pic of you and your husband.
     
  13. Princess Leia

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    I think it was just a timetabling thing that they had these students they didn't know what to do with and all they had left was maths teachers. I would have gladly been left to get on with work for my other subjects.

    There are 2 routes into education here. The post graduate qualification you describe. This route is taken by all secondary subject teachers but is also a route that can be taken to be a primary teacher. This only takes one year following the undergraduate degree course.There is also the BA (Hons) or MA (Hons) that is a 4 year degree in primary education. There is a 1 year probationer induction scheme post qualification before teachers gain full registration as teachers. What age group will her teaching qualification be for?

    That's what I thought - I love hearing about people's travels outside Disney.

    I will report on whether it lived up to that rating.


    Yes, you are in the right ocean. Fabulous work by the air traffic controllers and pilot.


    There had been complaints by customers of cars coming back muddy, damaged or with too many miles on the clock. One of the British newspapers investigated by booking in reporter's cars with concealed GPS trackers and found that cars were left in unsecured parking rather than the secure parking that had been paid for. At Heathrow customers received parking fines when their cars were left in council car parks. I think some companies have received fines from trading standards.

    Totally. I didn't have that money ready so she stood over me while I hunted through the bags. It was very awkward. I wished I had made her wait and stopped off for water and breakfast items.

    I'm honoured!

    Oops I didn't realise it was a British word. What are they called in North America? Airbed or floating mattress?

    He took his duties very seriously. You definitely couldn't pool hop here!

    Maybe he should have relaxed on a lilo - if I could speak Spanish I might have made that suggestion. I was worried he was going to have a heart attack.

    Your eyes can deceive you - don't trust them! I mean what rebels would ignore 'the rules of the pool'. ;)
     
  14. pkondz

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    I think it would be for any age... but would suspect that she'd need extra courses for older kids. But she wants to teach the very little ones.

    ::yes::

    I should hope so!

    ::yes::

    :laughing: That's funny. You danced right around it. I suppose (North America being a big place and US/Canada sometimes differ as well) most people I've heard refer to them as air mattresses.

    I bet! Or... were you hoping he'd have one???

    :laughing:
     
  15. Princess Leia

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    :welcome: Thanks so much! It is interesting to look back on older photos and see the children grow year on year.
     
  16. Princess Leia

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    What you're not impressed with having to swim out to deep water and clamber up on some impossibly difficult to get on equipment? No, this was not the fabled Siam Park.

    Well, so next time..do you think I should just google hiring a tank or ask on some travel forum?

    Oops sorry. For anyone else the Blue Flag is awarded to beaches that meet certain criteria so it's seen as a symbol of excellence.

    Thank you

    We eat quite a lot of spicy foods and I would never order very spicy as goodness knows what you'd get. I am glad I tried it and the waiter had given me a fair description of it in terms of it being fruity and not spicy. It had quite a thick gravy like sauce.

    Yes but seemingly not for our pale Celtic skin. Alan doesn't burn easily although he still likes to use high factor sun protection.

    I know, would we remember to eat or do anything at all?

    I know it was a right pain.

    It was good fun. Who doesn't want to play on holiday?
     
  17. pkondz

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    Well... let's say less impressed than say.... Typhoon Lagoon.

    Google. It has answers to everything.

    Oh, the pressure!!!

    ::yes::
     
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    Looks like a lot of fun, but definitely quite the upper body workout!

    Nobody is better at giving you a headache than your sibling. :rotfl2:

    Well, tourist board lady, we were having an incredible day until you came and interfered causing our towels to get wet! :rolleyes1

    I like that. I like planning a trip, but I really like having some flexibility.

    Sure!

    Definitely a lovely view for dinner!
     
  19. vamassey1

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    Seems like this always happens.

    I like this plan, divide and conquer.

    You're making me tired just reading this. I'm thinking drive thru.

    It does look pretty, so it didn't take good.

    I'm a sucker for Chicken Pot Pie.


    Me too.
     
  20. Princess Leia

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    I've survived my first full week back at work. I have read everyone's comments. Now it's time for some replies.

    With the right strategy it is amazing what you can get done.

    I have only been in summer so I haven't experienced cooler weather. That was good you were able to get some warmer clothes. There have been times in summer where it's been chilly with the air-conditioning in restaurants.

    Well that was good you avoided the high humidity.
     
  21. Princess Leia

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    It was really good. There was lots to do and having the car let us explore a bit further afield.


    It is unusual for them to get sunburn as I am always so careful. I think this would have been their first exposure to the sun this year and it was obviously just too strong.


    Thankyou, you had me checking my photos. The photo is Hannah and Alan. Now I would be quite happy to have that youthful look.
     

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