Three Weeks in Canada

Life has been such a whirlwind lately, I figure the first post of this blog may as well be an update on my life. I know, super exciting – right? But between finishing my dissertation, figuring out what to do post-Master’s, leaving Scotland, and getting settled back in Canada, it’s been difficult to keep in touch with people so hopefully this will help a bit.

Upon handing in my dissertation on August 17, I was faced with the exciting prospect of having nothing to do for at least two or three weeks. Naturally, I spent the first few days doing nothing more strenuous than seeing a movie or two (tip: The Imposter is pretty neat) in order to recover from my stress/Snickers/Red Bull-induced dissertation insanity. Once my mind and body had healed, however, I realized there were still plenty of things to cross of my Edinburgh bucket list. So, together with my most amazing girlfriend, we started hitting some of the places around town including the Royal Botanic Gardens…

…a sweet castle in the middle of the city…

…and a delicious restaurant that we had been meaning to go to for months.   There were a bunch of other small things as well, but I am trying to keep people interested in this blog so I won’t bore you with the details.

Unfortunately though, we didn’t manage to check everything off of the bucket list – but that just means there will be some fun and exciting things to do the next time I am in Scotland!  Once it was time to head back home,

By the way, a handy tip for anyone planning to fly to Scotland any time soon: if you don’t mind a little less comfort, AirTransat offers some very cheap flights to/from Scotland. As in, I paid about 40% of the price of any other airline for my direct, one-way Glasgow to Toronto flight. This may have been because of the time of year or some other mitigating factors, and it is certainly not a first-class ride, but it is nevertheless a great deal for anyone travelling on a budget. Just be sure to book through their website ( or you can end up paying extra money to middle-men websites.

Things calmed down a bit when I got back to Canada, but not quite entirely. With my brothers and I all out of the nest now, my mother has been getting ready to move into a smaller place at some point; now that I am temporarily back home, I get the wonderful job of helping out. It’s usually no problem, but when my mom wants me to sit through hours of unmarked VHS tapes “just to make sure there are no bits of family movies”, then it gets to be a bit much. Luckily, there was only one porn movie in the bunch – unluckily, I played it with my mom in the room.

Besides the joy that is helping a semi-hoarder get rid of decades worth of junk, the job hunt has been keeping me busy as well. There really isn’t that much to say about it at this point besides: if you know of any jobs in archaeology, heritage, education, research, museums, administration, politics, or anything else cool PLEASE LET ME KNOW!

Anyhoo, this post has already gotten much longer than I had expected so I will end it here.  I may do some tweaking regarding the layout and style of the blog over the weekend, so don’t be surprised if you see things change a bit. I would also, however, love to hear what have you guys all been up to in the last little while so let me know either on Faceboo, Twitter, or the comments!


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