So the opportunity came up to be a Young Tassie Scientist, which I now officially am. The following few posts are about the adventures and insights that happened along the way.
I encourage everyone to talk about your research with everyone and answer every question. It helps with keeping your stuff grounded to reality and relevant and also ensures that you really really know your shit. If you can answer the 5 year olds, the climate change denier aunt and the right wing cousin who thinks science is pointless with calm sensible answers then you're onto something.
And enough rambling! Onto the joys of road tripping! We had a weather man, geographer, chemistry teacher and agricultural geek in our group, along with our ever present and long suffering guide/wrangler/timekeeper.
For an introvert a car trip is not desirable. It's squishy, noisy and exhausting. On the plus side its a learning opportunity. On this car trip I learnt one of my hidden talents is generating quotes from movies, the purpose of which is to guess which movie. My favourites were:
'follow the white rabbit'
'we've got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, its dark and we're wearing sunglasses'
'what about parfait? Everybody loves parfait'
and 'I'd rather hear my dog bark at a crow than hear a man swear he loves me'
I'm hoping you know all of those.. if you don't, Google is your friend.
Anyways, it was all fine until about 60km from Queenstown when windy roads of death combined with the dark and snow activated my carsickness to quite an unpleasant degree, but we all survived (though the girl in the front's dinner didn't make it.. The smell of chunder did not assist in.. Well anything)
So far not so much science, amazingly scientists are pretty normal people when it comes to being stuck in a car for 4 hours. Boredom reigns and discussions of books, tv, games, I Spy and "What Johnny likes" can only last so long.
We were met in Queenstown with a real wood fire though, that was undoubtedly a highlight of the day. Off to entertain with science tomorrow.
And that's about it for the day (bet you wanted to know all about it!)