An update from the land of 10pm dinners

Wow, what a week! 7 days into the trip to Oviedo, Spain, and I finally have enough downtime to write a short post here about what I’ve learned, besides a little Spanish.

Salamanders are awesome amphibians, capable of some intriguing locomotor gaits. As it happens, the population we have been studying is one of the smaller and slower fire salamander populations, according to Guillermo, a visiting S. salamandra geneticist. Despite this, they still exhibit some great locomotor ability. Who knew salamanders could gallop?!

However, fun as they are, as we near our 160th salamander, I’m growing slightly tired. Apparently this is a very large data set for animal science, which is great for the research. Not so great for the amount of video renaming, converting, cropping and digitising we have yet to do though!

The next best thing about being on a research trip in another country? The food! Great food every day of the week, never leaving the table anything less than fit to burst, and then doing it all over again the next day.

As another evening draws to a close, and my departure looming two mornings from now, I look forward to returning home for data processing. Staying in a 5 star hotel and eating out every night is fantastic, but the return to reality will be refreshing.

Until next time.

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