Monday, 20th of June. Although it is the first day of the astronomical summer, by looking outside I see something completely different, 17oC and a bit rainy. Luckily the day after, a trip to the airport was planned….
….to fly to Warsaw. Yes Warsaw, after sending several emails back and forth to Martin Jönsson-Niedziólka of the Institute of Physical Chemistry (Polish Academy of Science in Warsaw) it was time to visit them.
By arriving at the airport I saw that the weather forecast didn’t lie. Apparently the summer was hiding over here and even in the evening it wasn’t far off from the expected 36 oC.
The next day, the sun was already shining so time to go to the institute. Walking to there, from shadow to shadow, felt like “the game” everyone played as child when you’re only allowed to walk on specific stones. By arriving overthere Martin introduced me to everyone, explained there equipement and showed me how they make their substrates. So time to start with some experiments, luckily the airco did his job in the building and the days flew by.
Of course after thinking that you understand how it works the solvents decided to show some randomly surprising results. In one or the other way that happens always at the end of a day, so time to discover some of Warsaw. But first heading to some birthday drinks at a cute bar-boat at the river (really recomment it!). While waiting for the tram, Paulina explained to me already in a few minutes the complete history of Warsaw (and Poland). So the only thing I had to do is walking around, enjoying the summer and the events. One of them was the Fontanne light festival, really recommend that.
Monday, more experiments were planned. This time Magdalena helped with expanding the set-up and creating some wonderful (and colourful :)) movies. From sheep jumping over a hence to hypnotise circles or in other words particles moving around…. yes, 100% research related.