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Welcome! I’m Lydia, and I have a serious case of inquisitive wanderlust.

What does that mean?

Well, I have an inquisitive nature. I’ve always been curious. I love to ask questions to better understand the topic at hand. When I find something of interest, I generally embark on a research project to learn as much as I can about the subject. It was this innate curiosity that ultimately led to my pursuing a PhD in cultural anthropology.

As for the wanderlust? Quite simply put, I love to travel. Especially abroad. It took me awhile to get up the courage to take my first trip abroad, but when I finally did it ignited my curiosity on another level. I want to see as much of the world as possible. I am fascinated both by the common humanity that connects us as well as the cultural quirks that make us unique. I guess that’s also part of why I became an anthropologist.

So, what does that mean for this blog? Well, I am most interested in exploring the experiences (historical, cultural, artistic, culinary, etc.) that are unique to a particular location, learning the story behind that experience, and understanding how that story fits into the broader social and historical story of the locale. I also see this space as a place to revisit past experiences. Finally, as a self-professed foodie, and someone who sees food as a key part of travel and experiencing new places, I also anticipate bringing my readers along as I attempt to recreate favorite culinary experiences at home.

In other words, this blog is about the things I find interesting. The things that ignite my curiosity about the world around me.