Each Wednesday evening, after toiling in the trenches at Vindolanda, the field school group rushes into the town of Haltwhistle to partake in activities a little less archaeological, and a little more extracurricular. We meet up with Dr. Birley and some locals every week to play badminton!
Although a majority of us hadn’t played the sport since our first year of high school, we jumped right in and did our best. Needless to say, the Doctors Meyer and Birley were relentless against even the least experienced of us, and defeated us without mercy. Our games can get quite intense, and we occasionally leave the recreation centre with some scraped knees and elbows.
Not only is our weekly workout a great way to unwind after a busy day of excavation, but it’s also a great way to meet and get to know some locals! The citizens of Haltwhistle are both lovely folk and very talented athletes. We make sure to end every game with our new friends with a sportsmanlike handshake and a smile!
After a cold English summer day (cold in comparison with a Canadian summer day, at least) it’s wonderful to work up a sweat and have fun in the process. We’ll be continuing this tradition until the end of our stay in two weeks.
All challengers welcome! We’ll see you on the court!