What I learnt this week: The lesson

This was one of the most unexpected weeks of the year.  I was lucky enough to travel to Canada to represent my work at a teaching seminar in Toronto.  If I’d asked myself at the start of the year would I travel to Canada in 2013,  I would have said no way.  But there I was.

Worked in London on Monday.  Travelled to Canada on the Tuesday, with Martine.  Which was brilliant because we’re very similar people, so it was like going with a friend.  Nice flight, movies, bloody mary’s and a decent steak!  Arrived late, ate, swam in the hotel pool and went to sleep in my big bed!  So nice after being  in a single bed.  Starfish.

We had a huge breaky of pancakes, bacon, beans, potato, tomato and toast.  Packed gift bags for the conference.  Answered emails, bought food for the info session, prepared what we were going to say.

The evening went well.  Met lots of great young teachers looking to relocate to London when they graduate.  It was awesome getting to speak to them about my experience of moving across  to London and what an amazing place it is to find yourself in.

Martine and I were exhausted but we had some left over food from the info session which neither of us wanted to throw out.  We had noticed some homeless people earlier, so we headed off in search of them.

It was freezing, wandering around with platters, no-one in sight.  Suddenly we came across a church and went in. A lady eyed us suspiciously ‘how old is the food?’  After the 3rd degree she invited us in to leave the food for the addicts anon group which was about to take place.

We put the food on the table, introduced ourselves to the small gathering.  I went to the toilet came back and more people had joined.  I then noticed a 12 step program book in front of my seat.  They shut the door and I thought oh god, we’re about to be involved in this group session.  Luckily Martine saved us with ‘dinner reservations.’

Next day was more preparation for the conference.  Then we caught a bus to check out the Christmas markets and had a bit of look around the city, which was interesting.  Ate lunch at the most amazing Mexican restaurant I’ve ever been to.


Met one of Martine’s old uni friends, at an amazing vegi restaurant for dinner.  On the way in I noticed a homeless guy, sitting in the freezing snow.  I couldn’t get it out of my mind, I felt guilty.   So I ordered some soup and took it out, but he was gone.  I offered it to another lady who was also homeless, she looked at me as though I had just offered her poison and refused the hot soup.  Wow, did not see that coming.

The teachers fair was Friday.  It was awesome meeting more teachers, chatting about the company and moving to London.  I was really proud of my work.  Martine was doing interviews most of the time so I was holding the fort.  Lost my voice from all the talking but it was worth it.  After it finished we had more interviews!  So exhausted.

Back to the hotel for dinner.  Then the NBA!!!  Amazing.  We took the subway to see the Toronto Raptors, yeah.  At the game we partook in bloody Mary’s with clamato juice, which is tomato and clam juice, weird.  We watched the game, soaked in the atmosphere, the dancing, the mascots, the fans.


Saturday, packed up.  Because the conference was finished we didn’t have much to do.  Went to the uni handed out the last of info packs.  Then went to catch the sightseeing bus.  Alas we missed it!  Standing in the snow we weighed our options.  Martine went to the museum.  I went back to the hotel.  Sat beside the window, writing.  The snow fell outside, it was pretty magical.


But then it was time to go.  Eventually made it through the snow storm to the airport.  Plane.  Eat.  Sleep.  Back in London.  More sleep.

Got up, submitted my first TV script to the BBC.  Big news!!!  I’m so proud of it.  The wait is on now.

I learnt this week that you never stop learning!  It was a sign posted at the uni where we did the conference.  And it’s true.  You think you have learnt all you need or all you need but there’s always more.

That’s good news, my blog will always be relevant.

It takes time to work out what you need to do, where you need to be.  But if you keep an open mind and heart these things become clear.  Keep living, keep learning.

Funniest moment:

  • I was carrying a big box of gift bags and couldn’t see the ground.  I missed a step heading out of the uni.  It looked grim, thought I was going to go splat.  But I skillfully managed to keep upright whilst bounding down the rest of the stairs, box in hand.  Martine and I couldn’t stop laughing

What I did that scared me:

  • I committed a minor crime.  Trust me it was warranted.  And very minor.


  • Basketball game
  • BBC submission
  • Pancakes in Canada with maple syrup!


  • Jet lag
  • The cold- my ears almost froze off!
  • When I got on the plane back to London for a second I thought I was going home…

What I learnt:

  • You never stop learning!


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