Palmyra, Syria, Summer 2010

Palmyra, Syria, Summer 2010

Hallo! My name is Zenobia, but most people forget the last bit and stick to Zen. I am a third year PhD student from Holland, based in England / Germany, and frequently found elsewhere too.

I had a blog on which I posted photos for my mum for a bit when I left home at 18 (hi mum!). Then I made friends, and switched to Facebook. Ha. Facebook is a very silly place to record a narrative of your adventures. So back to the blog! While I continue to keep my family in the loop on life abroad (hi dad! hi sister!), I might also share student travel tips, stories about un-explored or under-appreciated places – and especially the history of these places. I am a trained historian and archaeologist, which means I have spent a significant amount of time in museums but no one will pay me to actually work in them (yet).

If you would like to hire me as your walking and talking history book, or offline equivalent of Wikipedia, do not hesitate to get in touch. I have two (and a bit) university degrees and significant experience wandering around the world (30 countries and counting). I have had training in humanitarian affairs, and recording endangered languages, plus, it is hard to scam me (in fact most people do not even try any more). I would be happy to discuss possibilities for seminars or trips abroad for your university Classics society, or local History society. Also, if you are Lonely Planet, the Rough Guide, any other travel guide, or an archaeologist – do contact me about job opportunities.

zententia at gmail dot com

Castelo dos Mouros, Portugal, spring 2014




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