D.: are you hot?
Me: yes. It’s getting hot.
D.: but you’re Portuguese. You’re use to hot weather.
Me: I know but I really don’t like the heat.
D.: so then you should come to Canada.
This is one of the many little conversations I had with the co-ordinator at the site, when I was in France participating in an excavation project. I can’t remember exactly what I answered at that time but this should have been my answer: “if anyone pays me for university, I can change countries right now“. I sure wouldn’t mind having studied there (I’m referring to SFU where he’s a lecturer). Not only the country itself must be absolutely beautiful, but also I would love to have him as my professor. I think that he might be one of those rare cases where the professor actually knows how to be a good professor and how to pass his passion for the subject to his students. And on top of it, they’re degree programme looks amazing. The funny thing about their Archaeology department is that they have a Portuguese professor from FMUP. This would have been a good choice of a country (and university) to go to under the Erasmus Programme (if it was an European country). However, if that had been possible, the flight tickets and the living expenses in Canada would have made it economically unbearable.