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Settling In

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Well, it’s officially time to start settling in here at Harlaxton and fully embrace it as my new and temporary home (which is not difficult in the least). Studies are picking up and students are beginning to feel the burden of looming due dates. Of course, none of us want to sacrifice a travel opportunity because we put off our assignments until the last minute, so hopefully, we can all learn some useful study techniques.

Coming home...


Through language barriers, unusual foods, a new culture, and seeing various injuries (luckily, I did not experience any), I survived! Coming back to America was not as strange as some may expect or even experience. I did not experience a huge culture shock or feel very overwhelmed. If anything, I should feel less overwhelmed simply because of the difference in the population size! Part of me misses China but at the same time, I love being home, seeing my family, speaking English, and partaking in my own culture. Do not get me wrong, I love to travel and very much enjoyed learning how to speak Mandarin and laughing with our Chinese friends when I completely butchered words or sentences but it is still nice to take a break and let your mind rest.

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Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

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While the title of this blog post is a 1987 movie staring Steve Martin and John Candy, it’s also quite a succinct description of how I have traveled home over the various breaks throughout college.  Not having a car makes trekking the 300 miles home to Chicago an adventure each time a break rolls around.

The Diverse and the Curious


After a missed flight, no sleep, finally finishing my homework, and a 14-hour flight, I have FINALLY made it to China!  What an experience it was.  Travelling is all about being flexible and learning how to handle things as they come.  After all, how fun would an adventure be without a few misadventures to get your adrenaline going!?

Week 1 in China


Three days after arriving in Shanghai, I am beginning to adjust to the sites and smells of a huge, busy city. After a quick dinner at my first Chinese McDonalds and a night’s sleep, I spent Sunday morning exploring Luxun Park and the surrounding streets with my professor. The park was full of individuals practicing Tai Chi, dancing, karaoke, playing card games, running, and walking. I enjoyed listening to the conversations and music that floated from one end of the park to the other. As we walked around the park we were many people stared and several individuals said “hello.” During the next few days, my professor and I ran in the park. I was amazed at the number of people who used the park in the mornings. We had to zigzag in and out of the many crowds. I saw some of the same people each morning and found it interesting to watch some of the people clapping and singing while they walked.

Why Come to Tel Jezreel?

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The team at Jezreel includes several volunteers in our 50s and above who have no obvious staff or academic role. We are here as amateurs in the original sense – we study archaeology for love.

Exciting Excavation

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I am really enjoying my time here. The area is just beautiful and I am so excited to travel and explore the country. Excavating is tiring, but very rewarding and I am finding that once getting into "the zone" I can just keep going and completely lose track of time!

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