The reason that I choose to invest in a mobile studio (trailer…) is that I can reach kids that aren’t able to come to me. That way I can visit schools and daycares. Having a trailer is one thing but being able to drive around with it in a safe way is something else. The trailer is pretty big and heavy, it weighs 1300 kilo without its interior and the whole combination is more than 6 meters long.
It was time to get my trailer license, so I signed up for lessons. Ka-Ching!! 650 euros out of my pocket…*ouch*). In total, I got 5 lessons and 1 exam. I drove through the smallest alleyways and streets in Laren (Beautiful dutch town), and I parked the trailer countless times rear side first. Aside from the lessons, I practiced with my own trailer together with my husband Vincent on a big empty parking lot nearby.
Then 28 November 2017 came and it was D-day, the day of my exam. I haven’t been so nervous in a long time. Two hours before the exam, I had to finish 2 more lessons. Flustered, sweaty palms and a heart rate of 250 I managed to pull through. Then we drove to the exam center. First a cup of coffee and a final practice round of questions about weight, length, checks, and safety. Then the examiner called me to his office. I was so nervous that it seemed as if I was floating in slow motion while walking towards him.
We went outside, luckily the sun was shining, and after a few questions, I got to hook the trailer on. So far, so good. (Yes, if you mess this part up, you failed the exam…). The examiner got into my car and because of his utterly calm presence, I instantly felt calmer and we actually had a really nice drive with 1400 kilo paved tiles in the back. When we got back at the exam center, I took a seat at the examiner desk as he gave me a firm hand while saying: “Congratulations madam! You did it!”. Party whistles and confetti in my head! I did it! I was so happy and relieved. Two weeks later, I picked up my new license. Milestone!! Super proud!
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