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Archaeological Dig Realities: 16 People and Two Bathrooms


Dig group on Menorca

I frantically caught an Aerobus to the Barcelona airport on Monday morning in order to catch my flight to the island of Menorca- the site of my month-long archaeological dig. I was exhausted from a sleepless night, sweating from the layers of clothes I was wearing, and just ready to start digging!

I sat down on the bus in an area where two other seats face you, which I absolutely despise. They give you no leg room whatsoever, and you spend the entire ride avoiding eye contact with strangers.

Three guys sat in the 3 remaining seats, next to me and across from me, and I notice they are speaking English – not Australian, not British, but American English. In the back of my mind, I thought about saying “hi” just because I can (you easily bond with other English speakers on the road), but I was just too darn hot and tired to care.

They must have been bored because they just couldn’t keep their mouths shut. They started asking about me – what I was doing, where I was going – and when they found out about the dig, they were extremely intrigued.

Long story short, apparently I was looking at fighting off Nazi mummies and dinosaur gangs while on the island, or maybe even digging to the center of the earth and causing Survivor to end after only one episode.

It ended up being a rather amusing bus ride after all!

Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect partaking in my very first archaeological dig. So far, there have been no Nazi mummies or dinosaur gangs (I’m not giving up on those yet). It turns out Menorca is just a small, beautiful island. I was in disbelief the entire bus ride to Ciutadella from the airport that I would actually be living in a place this beautiful for an entire month! I really couldn’t ask for much more.

Except for maybe some more bathroom space.

Another girl mentioned it was kind of like being at camp again. I’m in a room with 5 other girls with no privacy, and the worst part is there are only 2 bathrooms for the 16 people in the group. What makes this worse is we are all pretty much on the same schedule, so fitting in bathroom time is the most stressful part of the day.

We have to start breakfast at 6:15 am, leave at 6:45, and get back at 3:30 for a late second lunch. Dinner is then served around 7:45 pm each night. We eat as a group, sleep as a group, dig as a group, and, most importantly, fight over the showers as a group.

Oh me, oh my, this is going to be an interesting month!


3 Responses to Archaeological Dig Realities: 16 People and Two Bathrooms

  1. Chris (Amateur Traveler podcast) October 4, 2007 at 11:30 am #

    I don’t recall seeing details about the dig. What era of history are you digging up?

  2. Brooke October 5, 2007 at 8:47 am #

    I’m going to do a post on the details of this soon… but to give a brief description = Roman Replublican era 123-45 BC. It’s a Roman Fort on the island of Menorca 🙂 VERY COOL

  3. Lolita January 2, 2008 at 5:41 pm #

    You didn’t come with some details yet.. we are waiting for them 🙂

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