This week I only worked Monday through Wednesday and then I took a bus to the Heidelberg Conference Thursday morning. The lab work was the same as usual because we decided to yet again postpone RNA isolation another week, so I won’t take too much time talking about that. Heidelberg, on the other hand, was definitely noteworthy! The conference was very well planned out and literally everything was supplied for us. We were given 160 Euros for travel money (although since I was only a few hours away by bus, I spent a total of 22 Euros for travel), the hostel was prepaid for, we were given three delicious meals a day, received a free walking tour, and were shuttled where we needed to go! My one disappointment was that it was very hot and humid in Heidelberg that weekend and air conditioning is so rare in Germany. Everyone was constantly sweating and several people even had trouble sleeping, plus there was basically no escape because indoors it was usually much worse than outside with sweaty bodies heating up a stuffy room. My greatest investment during the trip was my hand fan – the fancy, traditional kind that you open up and manually fan yourself with.
Week 7: Heidelberg
Unfortunately, I broke my phone when I got home, so I lost many of the pictures I took with it, but here are some pictures that I got from the top of a clock tower in Heidelberg: