Saturday, 4 September 2010

From Oxford to Rome

I've just enjoyed my last day in Oxford. We come up here every summer for research and it's always a great time. I mean, just look at this photo. This is where I work when I'm in town. Now I'm exchanging the Dreaming Spires for the Eternal City, the Isis for the Tiber. That's right, I'm headed for Rome!

I'll be in Rome next week to do some research on the Adowa campaign, Italy's failed attempt to subjugate Ethiopia in 1896. Earlier this year I went on a trip to Ethiopia to do some on-site research. Now I'm going to get the Italian side of the story by digging into their military archives. A couple of Italian historians will be meeting me to offer advice and show me around a bit.

This is the first time I've been to Italy, making this the third new country I've visited this year after Ethiopia and Somaliland. I won't have too much time for sightseeing although I'm planning a short series for Gadling. Actually I find not having much time rather liberating. It frees me from seeing all the things "I have to see" and allows me to see whatever the hell I want!

Anyway, I may be a bit sporadic for the next few days. When I get back I'll be sure to treat you to good photos and anecdotes. Ciao!


Sioux said...

Sean---What has been your favorite country to visit so far, and why?

I imagine the time constraint IS liberating. You are pushed to see just what you're passionate about.

The photo is gorgeous. I look forward to seeing more...

Rachel Cotterill said...

I love Oxford (used to live there). I've only spent a week in Rome but had some fantastic times - if you can squeeze in a trip out to Ostia, that was my favourite spot. And the Domus Aurea. I hope you have a fantastic time :)

Sean McLachlan said...


My favorite country for travel? Short answer: Ethiopia.

Long answer: I'll blog about that next week after I'm done with my Rome series!

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