March 21, 2013

On Packing

When I was packing for my trip abroad I wanted to be as thorough (and light) as possible, so I consulted various travel blogs about how to pack for long-term (e.g. 1+ month) trips. While there were similarities in each list, I found that they differed in significant ways and did not quite meet my criteria as an academic travelling abroad. Many blogs suggested taking things such as bug repellent, travel cutlery, and netting. I doubted these would be useful in rainy London (or, Europe in general).

I wanted to write a post on packing after a few weeks abroad to see what items have come in handy and what items are still sitting in my luggage bag. So, here is a breakdown of what I packed.

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February 21, 2013

Hello World!

Welcome to my first installment of semi-impromptu travel musings!

Before we begin I must confess: I have never been much of a blogger. The thought of blogging makes me cringe — to face the expectation of posting regularly again and again whether the writer has something to say or not (and I’m often faced with never knowing what to say in the first place). Nevertheless, I have been encouraged by quite a few folks to record my travels (so here it goes!) This is not a blog; it’s an un-blog. I will only post something if I think it will add value to the project or help someone’s project or travel plans. Some posts may sound awkward. But that’s okay. So, shedding the “blog” label, I call this account of my travels a “chronicle”—a twenty-first century pilgrimage of sorts. Thoughts will range from academic matters to travel tips for scholars and geeks-at-heart. I may also throw in a shameless plug, but these will be far and few between. Other posts might involve continuing a conversation, either put forth from a book or on the web. Communication travels multilaterally across various media, after all. With this chronicle, I hope to keep in touch with friends and forge new relationships with fellow medievalists.

So what is this chronicle about?

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