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Today I’ve Become A Greek And Tomorrow I’ll Be In Austria

Michelle Dale - Friday, June 15, 2012

I have to keep this one brief folks, because I am off to Austria tomorrow and I have had a hell of a time becoming Greek today.

Yep – I said Greek. See here’s the deal. My son is 4 years old now, and I’m feeling that niggly “I need to send you off to school” feeling… Maybe every mum goes through this. As you may know, our life is rather unusual, travelling country to country, and not having a place to call home, so I decided to get my residency papers for Greece, so my son could start school here in September. I will actually be enrolling him (and my daughter who is only 3, but behaves like she’s 21 – she’s very independent – she gets that from me) into the local village school to see how things go, but in order to do that, I needed to apply for a residency and jump through a few hoops along with it to become resident.

School term ends here on the 21st, and I get back from Austria on the 20th, so I’ll make it just in time to have them all set, registered and ready to go for when the new term starts in September.

I know I’ve done the right thing, and I have a feeling the kids will love their new school, after all it has a playground, which is very high up on their list of ‘must haves’ whenever we move anywhere.


I am often asked about if I home school my kids while we’re moving, and I do, I teach them things daily, but that is no substitute for social interaction with other children, and my kids really need that in their life right now – they have friends, but it’s not the same, they need to have a life away from us, and school is the best option for that. Here the school day ends much earlier than most EU countries, and I intend to use that time to help subsidise their learning.

Okay – so I have bags to pack right now, and won’t be able to blog until I get back from create32 at the end of next week, but I assure you, it will be worth waiting for.

What is Create32.

Check out http://www.create32.at/Content.Node/Dale_Michelle.at.php

It’s a select group of individuals picked from around the globe to create a Vision for Austria in 2032. One of the individuals who was also contacted to participate just sent me (and other attendees) this:

On my way to Accra airport ; see you all soon ;-) 

I want to share a quote that I recently read in a research paper titled “future work skills 2020″ by the institute for the future at the University of Phoenix research Institute:

“Research now tells us that what makes a group truly intelligent and innovative is the combination of different ages, skills, disciplines, and working and thinking styles that members bring to the table”

Thank you to everyone who takes part in The VA Passport and The VA Apprentice, because from you, I have learnt that statement sums up my amazing colleagues who I work with in this industry – we’re all different, we’re all making a difference, we’re awesome, we’re the future.

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Hi I'm Michelle, an entrepreneur specialising in virtual assistance, a digital and real world nomad, and a down-to-earth mother of three.

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