The directeur of one of my schools is retiring this year, and today he gave me an invitation to his retirement party. Problem being that it's July 1, and I've kind of been hoping to start my travels then if I still have to work on the 30th, or preferably the 30th. Now I feel like I can't leave then because I would be missing his party. But here's the thing, I don't even know how I'd make it to the party in the first place. I could get a bus there, but then I would have to beg a ride from someone to get home. And I would be hanging around awkwardly by myself, or hanging on awkwardly to a group of teachers without talking to anyone. Yeah, I know it's good for social experiences but you know what, it's the very end of the year. Any progress I might possibly make with my coworkers will not matter. So basically I'm not going, but I feel like I can't ask to leave now because it would be rude. I guess I could lie and say that my contract is done on the 27th, which is a terrible option, or just say that I've already booked my ticket home, which is another lie because I haven't booked a ticket home and I'll be travelling after the contract is up, not going directly home. Why couldn't he have just been rude and not invite me?
Speaking of social relations at this particular school, all of a sudden I've reached bise-ing level with the CM2 maitresse. She hasn't been cold to me, just not overly friendly, then all of a sudden last week she started bise-ing me and gossiping with me about the kids and commiserating about their horrible behavior. Kind of odd, but I'm glad she's finally accepted me. I wonder if the difference is that I screamed at the class for acting like animals that day? Puzzling.
As I said I don't have a ticket home yet. I'm trying to decide what I'm going to do for travel plans. I would really like to be home for my birthday on July 15th (24 this year!), and I really doubt that I will have the money to travel for any longer than two weeks. But there are so many places I want to go still! I guess the best thing to do is plan out something for two weeks, price it out, and then pick a departure date. I can't believe it's time to think about this already.