As a fifteen-year-old girl, the world really seemed like a big and wondrous place, and I had many dreams. I took a pen and wrote out a list of things I wanted to do in this life, like: swim with wild dolphins, get my flying license, and publish a book. I came across this list before I left for excavation, while combing through storage for gear. Now at 22-years-old, the world is different, and I find myself doing less daydreaming and more living. With the week of free time I have between the end of excavation in Jordan and returning to Toronto, I have booked a flight and hotels with a small group of friends, allowing me to put a line through an item on the list: see the pyramids of Giza.
The Tell Madaba Archaeological Project (TMAP) 2012 season has seen its final touches of work and many celebratory drinks. The girls relaxed yesterday at a serene Turkish bath in Amman, going through the steam room, hot tub, sauna, a scrub down, facial and massage to finally remember what it feels like to be clean. The indulgences obviously continued with a four course brunch at Books@Cafe… but it is sad to say that after an archaeology conference tomorrow, the nineteen U of T students leave for the airport and head home. The remaining supervisors leave on our own time, some serendipitously meeting up for wine in Paris, another solo-traveling to Rome, others heading home to get into the rhythm of work, and a small group and I immediately starting a new adventure to Egypt!
Its never a dull moment when you find yourself investing in learning and life experiences with people who want to see the world whether in modern or ancient times. It has been a blast teaching and being apart of the TMAP crew!