In a couple of days I will be turning the big two one (21). I know we all say it but I really cannot believe that in a few days I will be old enough to drink in America and be receiving gifts like the metaphorical ‘key to the door’. What is even more surprising is that I will be spending this milestone birthday in my favourite country, Malta.
I decided to take up the opportunity of an Erasmus year abroad studying archaeology in Malta because it was one of the first places I ever visited that got me interested in the subject of archaeology. Its unique temples and medieval history sucked me in and left me feeling like I needed to know more about the past of people, and those from Malta especially. For this reason I chose to take archaeology at university and have not looked back since. However, the only way to learn about the archaeology of Malta is to study it in the country itself and that is why I grasped this opportunity as soon as I knew it was available at the University of Leicester.
Now I am turning 21 and I am learning about Maltese archaeology in the beautiful sunshine and I have even managed to get a volunteering position on a commercial archaeology site in my spare time. I couldn’t ask for anything better!
I think it is fair to say I will not be forgetting how and where I spent my 21st birthday anytime in the near future and past Shannon, on her very first visit to Malta in 2009, would not have believed where future Shannon, almost 21 years of age, is now and what she is up to!
[Also lets hope that Leicester City win the Premier League tomorrow as that would be a great start to my 21st birthday celebrations!! And yes of course I will be watching, even in Malta!]