Although I failed to blog about my first secondment visit (because like I said, I’m useless), I did actually write about it in the 3rd edition of our newsletter 🙂 Well anyway, it was time to return. After having conducted two car bomb blast experiments in San Diego (see blog 8), I needed to analyse my metals discs to see what surface chemistry, if any, was occurring. So I hopped on a plane to see Martin Jönsson-Niedziółka, who wrote a great piece for our 5th newsletter by the way, which is lukewarm off the press.
Shall I talk about the science or the fun? I think fun. Wait for the publications to read about the science!
On my first visit Martin and Wojciech Adamiak introduced me to Polish Vodka, litre Steins of Polish beer and a little bit of physical chemistry (in that order). This time there was certainly a more dedicated approach to work, but also plenty of time for some evening drinks! Thanks mainly to Paulina Jeleń (I think… it could’ve been Emilia Witkowska-Nery or Magdelena Kundys… for sure it wasn’t Martin though :p ) we hit upon the “cooler” part of town, ate some Mexican food, drank some cocktails and had a thoroughly good night. Being the professional I am, I was up early and out of the hotel first thing, as always… but it seems a tram driver was still nursing one too many vodkas from the night before. Very unprofessional. Something I’d never seen or even knew could happen – two trams had crashed into each other! And that was obviously the reason I ended up in the office a little late in the end.
Good trip though. Some good work and some good fun.