Day 2 of Sampling: My on-going struggle with sour foods

The tram ride goes a lot quicker when you have someone to chat with!  Day 2 of the sampling party at MARUM went a bit slower because one of the cores, taken directly in front of the mouth of the major river in the Gulf of Cadiz, had amazing stratification through over 500cm.  With the amount of detail in each layer, we had to sample at 5cm instead of 10cm intervals and the core sediment description took twice as long as well.  Most of the cores we are opening are from mud depocenter deposits located on the continental shelf off southern Spain.  These deposits are, for the most part, homogeneous (the sediment is all the same).  To find one with such varying layers of bioturbation and sediment structures was really exciting… well for a geologist anyway smiley

Today at lunch, I had one of the most Bremen local dishes: Knipp.  Knipp includes ground beef and some sort of grain that is mixed up and fried with a lot of grease.  Also included in the dish were boiled potatoes, applesauce, a lot of beats and a gigantic pickle. I am up for trying anything multiple times, even if my pallet isn’t up for the challenge.  Knipp is a bit salty, but really ‘lecker’ (meaning “delicious”)! Those beats and pickle though… apparently I made everyone’s day by the expressions on my face.  An important German custom is that it is extremely rude to leave food on your plate.  Thankfully I have nice friends that helped me with my pickle… and beats.

I’m pretty sure my cheeks are almost as red as the beat in my mouth while Basti Steinborn is enjoying his chicken curry.  Credit: Till J.J. Hanebuth

Say today’s German tongue twister 3 times fast: Schrecklicher Schneckenschleim. Yeah…. You are saying the most horrible of snails’ slime. HAHA. I kept repeating this saying for 2 hours to get the pronunciation right… Good Luck!!

German word of the day: Time to End the Work Day = Feierabend

Prost from across the pond,

Mary Lee