13 Day New Zealand Itinerary


This post details my 13 day New Zealand itinerary and is part of my Travel Itineraries series which details my trip summaries, reflections, and tips to help you plan your trip.

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Butter, Baguettes, and Beer: French Foods Worth Trying


When I was in middle school we had two foreign language options, Spanish and French. I don’t know why, perhaps it was due to the all the Madeline I watched as a child, but I picked French. When I entered high school, I found out that every two years or so our French teacher would take students to Paris for about two weeks during the summer. I immediately started saving any money I made...

2 Days in Rochefort, Belgium to Get Wedding Beer


About two weeks ago I got married and it was AWESOME! My now-husband and I really enjoy beer and we decided to have a beer-themed wedding. When we first visited Belgium a couple of years ago, we swore that if we lived close by we would make frequent trips to Belgium to buy as much glorious beer as possible (within legal limits of course!). After getting engaged and moving to Frankfurt, we decided...

Aberdeen and Scottish Beer: A Break Before Fieldwork


Archaeological fieldwork, like most fieldwork, can be extremely demanding. Often we’re working long hours (ca. 16 hour days), eating what we’re given, and have little personal time. There are great parts of fieldwork, which is why many of us keep doing it; however, it’s more than fair to say that fieldwork is NOT a vacation. While fieldwork is arduous, most of us are working before we...

Smiti Nathan

I’m an archaeologist that travels around the world for both work and pleasure. I have a penchant for exploring ancient and modern places and the people, plants, and foods entangled in them. I write about archaeology, travel, and productivity.



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