Week Two in Leipzig

Our group at Welt der Reptilien der Zoo. I promise archaeologists don't dig up dinosaurs, but we still like taking photos with them. This week we left work to go to Welt der Reptilien der Zoo, which we passed everyday on the way to work. The zoo was rather empty on a Wednesday afternoon. We... Continue Reading →

First Week in Leipzig

Pub Mile in Leipzig, holding more than 30 restuarants and bars. I have a pretty unattainable goal to eat at every restaurant... or at least order many Hugos. After arriving in Berlin, we drove two hours into Leipzig. This first week is a blurr of exploring and work. I'm finally getting my bearings around the... Continue Reading →

Travel Tips

Tomorrow I'm heading back to Europe for some bioarchaeological fieldwork. While prepping for fieldwork and subsequent vacation, I've been thinking about helpful travel tips I've learned through previous adventures. Travel Prices First, I am a budget traveler, therefore, I'm always looking for cheap deals. Our family Europe trip in April was a result of me... Continue Reading →

Disney as an Adult!

Had to get a statue picture with these other Disney Nerds! This year I visited a Disney park for the first time as an adult; and yes, it was magical. I grew up on Disney VHS tapes, all day, every day. Even now, I go to the new releases of Disney movies and quote my... Continue Reading →

Three Days in Greece

Cold water beach day We flew into Greece we checked the weather to determine our plan of action. We knew we wanted a beach day on one of our 3 full days in Greece. The next day was supposed to be the sunniest and warmest (65°F), so we decided to wake up and head straight... Continue Reading →

Four Days in Roma

Colosseo, photo credit: Jason Miller. We took the 3.5 hour "air conditioned" train from Venice to Roma. Once we got to the train station we did the thing that every guide book tells you not to. As we left the station to find the cab stand there were men yelling 'taxi!' Turns out they were... Continue Reading →

One night in Venice

Canal Grande from Ponte di Rialto I'm finally in Italy! Visiting Italy is special to me not only due to my Italian heritage, but also because I feel as if I've been trying and failing to get here for years. We flew into Venice from London and took a waterbus into the city. From the... Continue Reading →


View from the London Eye We took a morning flight from Cork into London. I was surprised I remembered so much about the workings of the tube from my last trip here and was able to guide the rest of my group with minimal confusion to our apartment. An unexpected problem I ran into was... Continue Reading →

The Gift of Gab and Cobh

Morning walk up to the castle with no crowds! This trip has been packed with activities and our last full day in Ireland was no different. We left the apartment around 8:30 determined to beat any crowds to Blarney Castle. We arrived right before they opened and had time to grab hot drinks from the... Continue Reading →

On the Road and the Irish Secret Weapon

Me attempting to capture a photo of a puffin I usually plan trips around new adventures and locations. This time, however, I'm revisiting areas I've seen before, like the Cliffs of Moher, through a different lens. For our first full day in County Cork we took a private tour to the Cliffs of Moher. Private... Continue Reading →

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