It seems I’m never in Leicester! I got back from my last trip to the US on the 21 December, had a break from travelling to spend Xmas and New Year with the family, before heading out to Warsaw a few weeks into this year.
So I’m back in Warsaw for my third secondment visit. This time for 3 weeks in the middle of an extreme Polish winter, with temperatures getting as low as -20C!! Still, when I arrived on Sunday there was an open air concert and party at the Palace of Culture & Science – the snow and freezing temperatures just adding to the atmosphere.
For this visit Martin’s helping me out by giving me access to the XPS and SEM instruments here to do some surface chemistry analysis of my post-blast samples. I’ve trudged over with a load of samples to keep us both very busy for the 3 weeks (lucky Martin!) Hopefully there will still be enough time to enjoy the snow and beauty of this white winter wonderland though.