About Jen

Hi! I’m Jen. Army Veteran, archaeologist, photographer, historian, history teacher, yogi, elephant lover, cat lover, and more. I created this blog to share my love of history, archaeology, and travel. I have a BA in history, and I’m not far from finishing my MA in ancient & classical history.

For six years years I served on active duty in the United States Army. While in the Army I had the opportunity to travel to Iraq, Arizona, Germany, and lots of other cool places. Before my military service I worked on archaeological excavations in China, Greece, Austria, Jordan, and Jamestown, Virginia. Working on those excavations were some of the happiest times of my life!

After the Army I worked for a little while as a contractor. Last year I decided to leave my job to travel and obtain my teaching license. Now that I’m about to start teaching 9th Grade World History, I’m about to embark on a new kind of adventure. If you love history and travel and want to read about my adventures in teaching too, then welcome to Jaunting Jen and Bon Voyage!



18 thoughts on “About Jen

  1. Hi Jen, I am a big fan of Byzantine History. If you ever get to Istanbul make sure you take some great photos to post on your blog. Your blog and your about page is inspiring ! I wish I had gone back to University, I would have loved to teach. Keep safe !!!!

  2. Hi Robert, I definitely plan on visiting Istanbul. I love Byzantine History and the “Dark Ages” too. My next post is going to be about Childeric’s Bees.

  3. Hi Jen, I found you and your blog through a comment you left on WanderingEarl.com and wanted to become your 41st follower :) I too want to want to blog one day and although I have an number of obstacles to overcome before that happens, I wanted to subscribe and follow you and your travel stories. You have a really interesting angle coming from a history and army background. I wish you well in all things and if you ever decide to come down under I would be more than happy to do everything in my power to help you get the most of your time in my neck of the woods.

    Best wishes.

    Matthew Cheyne

    Morwell, Victoria, Australia.

    • Hi Matthew, thanks for following me and thanks for your comment. I actually had no idea what I was doing when I started the blog a few weeks ago, and I still don’t really, but I learn something new almost every day! I’ve been really interested in history since the 5th grade, and even more so the past few years. I am really excited to be able to share that now!

  4. Visiting Turkey and Greece changed my life in that it opened up an area of interest previously unexplored for me. I envy you getting to travel and am eager to follow along with you via your blog. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a thumbs up. :)

  5. Hi Jen! Thanks for following my blog, History Undusted! The one thing I would love to do is work on an archaeological dig! It’s on my Bucket List… and Britain would be my target. No warm, dry digs, no siree, give me the muddy, cold, miserable ones. Well, at least I can hope it will be warm and dry when I am there. :-)

  6. Hello Jen, Just to say I notice your remark on Richard Vallance’s blog that you seemed interested in Linear B Knossos & Mycenae and to say I am doing this course which I find extremely interesting through Richard’s teaching .It’s fun and very rewarding and I just can’t wait to proceed further to enable me to read ancient script on a clay tablet from Knossos.

  7. Hi Jen. Thanks for liking my article on Mostly Harmless Science! I got a chance to look through some of your articles – I love the photos and your adventures! I look forward to hearing more of your stories. Alan.

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