I was surprised to find 2 Questions in my comment section!! Thank you Jan and Anonymous :)
I wish I could say good planning - but it really wasn't.
First I taught in Quebec in an english school under the English School Board. About 8 years ago I started to see the handwriting on the wall - the english schools were going to go French. And I just didn't feel I was fluent enough. As I worked mostly with special needs children AND I had my own opinion on what French only was going to do to MY kids - I started thinking about getting out. I went to a couple of workshops on retirement - crunched some numbers and realized retiring early I was only going to lose about $30 a month from my pensions.
Then of course Warren was moving to Kingston - so all the stars aligned and I decided to take an early retirement.
And no I don't think it is "normal" in Canada - though a lot of folks (especially teachers) hope and pray they can retire early.
An English Rose said...
My question is where is somewhere you would really like to visit?
That's an easy one - I have always - ALWAYS - wanted to visit Japan. I have been obsessed by the oriental culture since I was in my 20's I guess. I have imported as much of the culture as I can into my new home. I even have a geisha tattooed on my right ankle ....... all of that is probably as close as I will ever come to actually getting to Japan :) maybe if I hadn't taken early retirement?? (grinning)
Thanks for the questions - I loved it!!
Anyone else got some questions for me?? Just leave them in the comment box and i will answer them the next day. Remember for the shy folks - you can leave your comment anonymously -- you do not have to use your google account :)