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The Croatian Teacher Putting In The Miles For The Kids

Moaning that it takes you 45 minutes in traffic to get to work? Spare a thought for Croatian teacher Ivana Balic, the women dubbed “Superteacher”.

Balic (35) lives near Omis on the Dalmatian coast and sets off from home twice weekly at 6:00am to make a 70km trek just to get to the ferry port before making the second leg of her journey to work by boat. Balic then catches the 40-odd minute ferry to the village of Sucuraj on the island of Hvar where she teaches around 50 kids, writes Croatian daily 24sata.

The other three days of the week Balic teaches in the Dalmatian hinterland village of Cista Velika, a good 3-hour round trip by car from her home. The Biology and Chemistry teacher has been doing the long haul for the past five years and says it is not a problem at all.

Balic says that if she is running late to the ferry port, then the captain will hold the ferry, because as she says, if she doesn’t make it then there is no class for the kids.

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