I was also born and brought up in Hampshire.
At twelve years younger than Dan, I am the youngest Patman.
I got the travel bug early on and after finishing my schooling, before heading to university, I took a gap year. In the winter I travelled to Peru, Panama, Guatemala and then up and through Mexico, into the United States, with a little detour to Bonaire. The following summer I went Interrailing through Europe, visiting Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Krakow and Budapest.
I went to University of Birmingham in England, where I gained my undergraduate degree in Ancient History and Archaeology.
I then went on to gain my masters in Maritime Archaeology at the University of Southampton, with a specialism in Mayan and Aztec archaeology.
After becoming disillusioned working as an archaeological illustrator for a commercial archaeology firm, I moved to Mexico full time in October 2018.