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City 2 Surf tomorrow

August 29, 2009

I’m so full. We just had a pasta feed, of sorts. Damian made carbonara pasta with wholemeal spaghetti, I made cornbread and apple cake, and one of our friends bought half a roast duck. Good stuff.

It’s barely 11 PM, and I’m going to get ready for sleep. Tomorrow the buses going into the city aren’t running, so we’re going to take the train instead. Leaving the house at 7:40 AM.

Oceanography field trip on 25 Aug:

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Sophia permalink
    August 30, 2009 01:49

    GIRL! Your pictures are sick!! Oceanography looks AMAZING and so does that fish ball soup (although fish balls are like hot dogs for asians- a little sketch). GOOD LUCK AT CITY 2 SURF šŸ™‚

  2. sylvia permalink
    August 31, 2009 14:24

    seriously, you’re learning more than we are through field work. šŸ™‚ by the way, have you tried the xiamen fish ball soup before? the fish ball shells are usually made of eel, shark, or random-fish-meat; the inside contains a beef ball with lots and lots of oil. oh man, it sounds so good right now. šŸ˜€

  3. Philip Hsiao permalink
    August 31, 2009 21:17

    What exactly does a Niskin bottle do? This looks incredibly awesome!

  4. September 1, 2009 06:08

    That fish ball soup looks so awesome.

  5. aussieaussieaussieoioioi permalink*
    September 1, 2009 19:46

    Sylvia — heehee, yes I’ve tried those fish balls before. I bought them without being able to read the Chinese and was confused about why they cost 4x more than the usual fish balls…until I opened the fish ball up and saw that they were a 2-in-1 deal šŸ™‚ What field work are you doing?

    Philip — Yes, it was incredibly awesome. A niskin bottle collects water at a certain depth. It’s constructed as a hollow tube with 2 ends that snap close with the same ferocity that a giant rat trap the size of your hand would have. You deploy it by hooking the 2 ends open and lowering the open bottle down (the rope is usually marked with tape every 5 m so you know how far it’s going down). After the bottle is at your desired depth, you send a piece of heavy plastic (called “the messenger”) sliding down the rope to knock the hooks off, causing the the lids of the bottle to snap shut and trap whatever water is inside at that moment. Since it’s underwater, you’re never sure if the messenger hit the correct place on the bottle, so it’s always a celebration when the niskin bottle comes up with the water sample inside.

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