Day 63 – 66 | Whakarewarewa & Flat Crawl

Day 63. Whakarewarewa

Another day hunting for more mushrooms, this time in Whakarewarewa (Which is actually short for Te Whakarewarewatanga O Te Ope Taua A Wahiao, Maori for ‘The gathering place for the war parties of Wahiao’). It is a geothermal area near Rotorua. Because it is such an active geothermal area, it is a regular thing that people suddenly have to move out because the ground is too unstable.

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The village
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Collapsed ground
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An abandoned house
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Remains of a house in the back

We took a small path to a stunning stream, where biofilms dance around in the water. The water is at least 60 degrees, and if I remember correctly, also very acidic. We had to jump over the rocks to be able to take a closer look. Sampling here has already been done in the 1000 Springs Project, but it was lovely to look around and take pictures. Life is beautiful.

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Biofilm created by bacteria, living between the rocks in the semi still water
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Biofilm
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Biofilm
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Biofilm
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Biofilm

We also found more Pisolithus!

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Inside of a Pisolithus
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Pisolithus

Day 64. Writing and Flat Crawl preperations

On Friday I got an email from my supervisor, informing me that I have to write an interim report for next Friday, so I spent the day writing. Next week will probably be a lot of writing too.

After work I helped the “Mad Science”-themed flat with preperations for the big party on Saturday. The theme was brought to life by petridishes filled with wodka shots, testtube shots and cow brains in jars.

The shots obviously had to be tested and we had a great night.

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Day 65. Flat Crawl

The big party was a Flat Crawl, with three flats, three themes, dressing up, unlimited food and alcohol, and loads of lovely people.

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The mad scientists of GNS!
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Testtube drinks!

Day 66. Food

Today, Sunday, Lucek and I spent the day in the kitchen making a Jewish cake, through a recipe my mom always uses with Pesach (a Jewish semi holiday). Tomorrow Karen, my coworker, has an educational night about religion, in particular Judism, with the Girl Scouts. When she told me about this, I immediately thought it would be fun to talk a bit about being Jewish, together with Lucek, who is also Jewish!

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Lucek in the kitchen

We made a coconut orange cake. The smell reminded me of standing in the kitchen with my mum when I was eight.

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The end product!
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