My life is teaching, my love is traveling. Ever since childhood have I ventured as far as I could to experience other places, other people, other customs. All along people were worried about me. But my history is good: I have come back safe and sound from everywhere. From hitch-hiking across Eastern Europe deep into the old Soviet Union in the 1970s and 80s; from India, China, or Peru. From Pakistan, too – even though it was the time Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in 2007.
My background is art history. As people in my field know – one has to see the real thing to put all the book learning into perspective. Ever since I started teaching, my travels have been the back-bone of my classes and the starting point for many public lectures. I love sharing my experiences and I love connecting the art and history of the past with people’s lives of today. I love to bring the world to my students as so many of us can not travel the way I have been privileged to do.
I am over 50 now. I am not sure how much longer I will be able to do strenuous travels, so I took the opportunity of a four-months leave from teaching to plan a tour of the Middle East. From the middle of January 2010 to the end of April I will go from Lebanon to Syria, to Dubai, Afghanistan and Iran. This blog is to connect with me while I am on the road, if you like. From February through May, 2011 I am on a sabbatical and this blog will continue and thereafter, whenever I can go on a trip again, hopefully many more times!
Just in case I will get homesick, I will post a picture here of Silver Lake, right outside our home.
Many, many thanks to David, my partner in life. I know these times of prolonged absences will not be easy. Thanks for your generosity, for taking care of the cats, and for not worrying about me. I will miss your hugs! ET