If you’re planning on going home at Christmas… BUY YOUR FLIGHTS NOW, in August, or else pay double.
A) Buy your flights 6 months before (yes, in August)
B) Fly on the 23rd of December at the latest
If there are random volcanoes, strikes, or ice, you won’t get marooned somewhere (there are no trains/buses on Christmas day)
C) Tell your school in your first month when you’re flights are. Offer to make it up.
I worked in a really difficult, uptight school, where we were told that Christmas wasn’t a Spanish holiday and… Basically, be assertive. Don’t let anyone mess with your Christmas with your family.
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