When deciding what courses to take in university, I knew that the overall goal was to pick a major that would actually get me a job someday. Nonetheless, I signed up for an Anthropology course just to see what it was all about. Fifty undergraduate courses later I had two Bachelor of Arts degrees – one that had a shot at landing me a job (Sociology) and one that didn’t have a snowball’s chance (Anthropology).
Sometimes you have to study what you love because you just can’t help yourself, career options be damned.
While my days in the Ivory Tower are behind me (for the moment), I will forever think of myself as a sort of Armchair Anthropologist. I find people, and especially groups of them, to be an endless source of fascination. I mean, come on. How can you not want to know more about phenomena like soccer hooliganism, Irish traveller wedding rituals, and cargo cults?
If you also find yourself fascinated by all the cultural quirks this world has to offer, then this blog is for you.
“As the traveler who has once been from home is wiser than he who has never left his own doorstep, so a knowledge of one other culture should sharpen our ability to scrutinize more steadily, to appreciate lovingly, our own” -Margaret Mead