That’s right- my week has been an interesting one, to say the least. I was flown to London on the 5th February for all expenses trip to Gstaad, Switzerland. Crazy? I know.
So how did this happen? Unfortunately, it wasn’t the blog that got me here. Outside of my little travel bubble, I do in fact have a career. For the past six years, I have worked within a preschool setting, occasionally working one on one with children with additional needs. A great passion of mine that has led from one exciting opportunity to the next. Early 2015, I became a “weekend nanny” for a family in London. They had a little boy (aged 6 ) with Autism. He was delightful.
At the end of 2015, I returned to Australia and thus ended one of the most rewarding jobs to date- well, so I thought. To my surprise, I was invited to join their family on an overseas trip with return flights from Australia in 2016 (read The day I was flown Business Class to Switzerland). And again, in February of this year (aka, just recently).
I accepted (clearly) and was on my way to the other side of the globe for a week of free time in London and eight days of work in Gstaad.
Being back in London was like a dream. I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face for the first 12 hours. Who knew the site of Boots Chemist would make me so ecstatic?
I spent the first 4 days revisiting my favourite cafe’s and local eateries, riding around on the tube for no good reason and exploring the bustling that I had grown to love so much.
I was flown Business Class to Geneva on the 11th of February..
I boarded my flight to Geneva and nestled into my extremely comfortable seat, pretending to fit in with the upper-class passengers surrounding me. I arrived to Geneva a few hours prior to my boss so decided to sit back with a swiss hot chocolate and catch up on a few of my favourite youtube travel vlogs.
We were met by a Mercedes-Benz, ready for our two-hour drive through the captivating landscape of Geneva, towards Gstaad. Honestly, if there is one place on earth that represents a postcard in real life, its Switzerland. Everything is perfect.
We arrived at the eight-bedroom Chalet around 7:00 pm and were greeted by a delicious dinner already laid out for us. The lovely- I suppose you would say ‘help’- carried my bag to my room for me, handed me slippers and told me to ask for anything I needed. Hotel service within a home environment was something I had never experienced. I mean, I totally can make my self a coffee.
I know it sounds like I am romanticising a very challenging week, but when you love what you do, the constant demands of a seven-year-old seems minimal compared to the experience of a new and mesmerising location. My two passions had collided, and I suddenly had the opportunity to do something I love while travelling. This is my ultimate goal.
Gstaad is a place I would have never visited on my accord. Not because it isn’t worth the visit, but because it is completely outside of my travel budget. Our days were filled with 5-star dining, prestigious ski resorts and swim at the La Grand Bellevue Spa. All of the last year’s challenges had disappeared with a year of age, and a whole new set was presented.
My boss and I shared several conversations about the importance of Autism Awareness, and I learnt of the statistics, rewards and daily obstacles. He said something that I love, that I will take with me throughout life and share with people along the way. He said, ” Autism is not a curse, it is a very weird gift”. I think it is important to understand this. With all the struggles and challenges along the way, to view it as a “different way of doing things” rather than a disadvantage opens up a world of opportunities for both the child and the parent.
I am blessed to have landed this job and hope that my passion and carer continues to collide with my love of travel.
I am wondering- Have you ever had the opportunity to travel for work? I would love to hear about your experience in the comments section below. x