Friday, June 26, 2009

Parting Thoughts

Tomorrow I leave for vacation and will likely not have internet access until I'm at least en route to Belize, if not until I reach my final destination. That's July 5, in case you missed the memo.

Rumor on the interwebs is there will be a field trip to here: (check out the first of the external links for a better description), which seems likely given that the director of the project has worked on this site. I'm torn, because I've heard of this site before and it's way beyond cool, but I'm also a little freaked out about actually going there. I'm not a huge fan of small spaces, and I'm really not a huge fan of swimming, particularly in deep water. I also need to rethink my packing of shoes. I'm tempted to hope that the rumor is false and/or the excursion will be optional... but if the latter is the case I know I'll wind up going anyway, because I'll hate myself if I don't.

I'm super excited about taking a side trip to Tikal, though. I can't think of anything that would deter me from that.

So far, everything looks good. I've forgotten a couple of things I can pick up next week before I go. I've packed a very full suitcase that I'll probably remove some things from next week before I go. My paperwork is all filled out and in order. I think I'm ready.

Monday, June 22, 2009

The Next Chapter in Blogging

You knew I had to do it. It's been years since I made a new blog, and I've never had a themed one before. Plus I'm far too conceited to just email people about my travels. I was going to go back to LiveJournal, because I miss it sometimes, but all the cool kids have Blogger these days. And this blog is all about trying new things, so here I am.

So here we have it: my first travel blog, which will follow my upcoming trip to Belize, my semester abroad next spring, and hopefully many other adventures to come. A summer in Quebec? Working with elephants in Thailand? Teaching in France? We'll see. Stay tuned.

For now, though, countdown to San Ignacio, Belize: 13 days and some-odd hours. I will then spend four weeks scratching mosquito bites and digging in tropical mud. I've loved archaeology since I can remember (I distinctly remember reading National Geographic and Discover while still in the single-digit age range) and the Maya since at least middle school. Archaeology as a potential career option first occurred to me about five years ago. I'm more skeptical now than I was then about my ability to stay passionate about it while dirty and sweaty and tired and bored, but all the same, I've been waiting for this for a long, long time.

I've had my shots, I've got my tools, there's a plane ticket with my name on it, and me and my boots are ready to get this show on the road.

So bookmark this page, subscribe to it, or memorize my URL. It's time for an International Adventure.