There are very few places in the world that don’t appeal to me in some way or another.  Antarctica, despite its frigidness is so remote.  Iraq, despite being a war zone, has numerous archaeological sites I’d like to see.  One place that stands out as one I’d never like to visit though; Texas.

Granted, a lot of my mentality toward Texas has to deal with the early 2000’s portrayal by SNL and other pop culture references after the presidency of George W. Bush.  But even during, and far before that, there has never been anything that screams to me, “Come to Texas!”

A level desert state whose cities rise of out the sands as oases of oil refineries.  A state whose citizens are among the most outspokenly conservative cultures in the western world.  Stereotypes, to paraphrase comedian Russell Peters, usually have a basis in fact.

So why go there?  For a variant of my own culture that is warped in some way or another?  For a vast landscape of ‘Howdys’?  It may be the fastest growing state in the U.S. but not on my list of places to go anytime soon.



Hi all, my name is Ben. I’m a native Michigander with a passion for human culture and new places, and more than that, new experiences. I have degrees in archaeology and writing, pursuing a career in the latter. However, I never quite lost that fascination for archaeological theory. For the past 9 years, I’ve been living and travelling in Asia, documenting ancient sites and the peoples who built them, and then adapting them into practical archaeological travel information at


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