Interview with Jennifer of Jaunting Jen

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1. What is your name, where are you from and where have you been in this world?

My name is Jennifer, my friends call me Jen, and I’m from North Carolina. I’ve been on archaeological excavations in Jordan, China, Austria, Greece, and Jamestown, VA. I lived in Germany for almost 3 years while I was in the Army and had a chance to thoroughly explore Germany while I was there (my favorite city being Trier). I also jaunted to Italy, Vatican City, France, Slovakia, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic while I was living in Germany. I’ve also been to Iraq for a year and lived in Kuwait a few months.  When I was home on leave from Iraq, I went to Mexico to see the pyramids of Teotihuacan.

 

2. What is your blog address? How long have you been blogging and what is the main focus of it?

My blog address is http://www.jauntingjen.com. I have been blogging for about 6 weeks and I like to focus my writing not just on travel, but the history and archaeology behind the travel.  I am very passionate about history and archaeology, and I would like to share that with others, and maybe create a few history buffs!

 

3. Besides the basic essentials, what is something you simply could not live without on the road?

I could not live without my camera, a Canon EOS Rebel xsi. I bought it as a present to myself the week after I returned from Iraq, and I take it everywhere I go!

 

4. How has travel enriched your life?

Travel has enriched my life to the point that some days I think of nothing else other than planning the next trip. Travel has also helped me see the world differently. Material things have almost no meaning to me when I am back here in the US. I think of my living expenses here, in terms of how long I could travel on that same amount of money overseas. When traveling, I have seen such hardship and sadness, but I have also seen so many wonderful things and experienced such generous hospitality.  The thrill of learning something new and experiencing a new culture drives me to seek the next adventure.

 

 

5. Of all the cities you have ever visited, which one left the largest impression on you and why?

The ruins at Petra, Jordan left the biggest impression on me. I have never seen such spectacular beauty.  The winding “Siq” or path to ruins opens up suddenly to  a building called the Treasury. It was so old, so beautiful, and so big, it moved me to tears.

 

6. If you could be anyone for a day, who would it be?

I would not want to trade places with anyone else because I love my life.

 

 

7. In a perfect world, where do you see yourself and your blog in 5 years?

Still traveling, writing, and enjoying life. I do have a talent for vacation planning for family and friends and I hope to one day lead my own tours.

 

 

8. If you had 1 travel tip to share with the world, what would it be?

Don’t be afraid to try something new, and experience the unknown. There are always going to be good travel days and bad travel days, don’t let the bad days stop you from seeking out the next adventure.

 

9. What stands out as your best and worst travel memory?

Best travel memory: Sitting on the Gulf of Corinth in Greece, after a long days excavation  in Helike looking out over the water and imagining the ships sailing out to Troy.

Worst travel memory: It’s a tie.

1. Sleeping on the floor at the Athens airport after a 6-hour ferry ride back from Santorini

2.  Having my passport confiscated by Jordanian Army soldiers in the middle of the desert. The taxi driver we hired to take us on a desert tour of the Islamic castles neglected to tell us that Qasr al- Azraq was only a few kilometers away from the borders of both Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Fortunately when we returned from the castle,  and the soldiers were satisfied we weren’t trying to sneak out of the country, our passports were returned.

Both of those incidents taught me the value of research and planning. It’s ok to skip the planning sometimes but ALWAYS do the research beforehand.

 

10. Please list 2 of your most popular blog posts:

Rainy Day at Montpelier

Pyramids of Teotihuacan

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