Saturday, part one (Alumni trip)

Wall town Crags walk in the sun
Wall town Crags walk in the sun

We began our day in full  sunshine, so we decided to do the walking portion of the morning, before moving inside to the Roman Army Museum. I am still amazed at the amount of knowledge that Beth and Alex have about the area, the wall, Roman life, and untold other things. I know I should not be astounded– but it is a joy to see two people who love what they research and love to share it with others. From the minute construction details, to the quotidian life of the vicus and the soldiers, to the specifics of height, depth and weight of the stones, to the translations of the inscriptions: Alex and Beth  were incredibly generous with their time. Robert, one of our guests, correctly answered all of Beth’s spontaneous questions (As all around!)

Our walk
Our walk
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How many professors does it take to set up a tripod and set a delayed photograph? (Beth tries to help Dean Milde…)
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Beth shows off features of the wall

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One of the many sheep. Alex and Michael called this one “lunch.”

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Our next stop was the Roman Army Museum, where the highlight was a presentation by Chef John Crouch. We learned about Roman food and the local produce.  We sampled a chicken and barley dish, soup, and poached fruit.

Chef John Crouch
Chef John Crouch

Our morning ended with a pub lunch; the afternoon, once we were all home, began with a nap, in most cases. Tonight, it is Friends night at Vindolanda!

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