All you need is…(1) (by Anastasia)

So, yes, it’s true, another mesocosm experiment is on the go! Kind of harder this time, if you consider the cold, the wind, the amount of analyses being done, and… the local boats that transfer tourists back and forth from the cruise ship several times! Just to provoke us that they are on holidays!

Passenger ferry entering into the bay and soon followed by boats transfer passenger doing waves and taunting us by being in holidays!!

Passenger ferry entering into the bay and soon followed by boats transfer passenger doing waves and taunting us by being in holidays!!

Cold is undoubtedly the worst enemy, not only during the sampling process, but also in general, as people during wintertime need more energy (more food, more sleep… or is it only my feeling??). Energy is flying away from our bodies a bit more easily this time in Villefranche and, after only a few days of work, exhaustion is apparent! However, this is just the ‘not-so-nice’ part of the experiment. The major part is an exciting event with new and old members participating, a lot of memories and many happy and funny moments. Exploring the city in the search for dinner (as the restaurant nearby is closed, which actually didn’t disappoint us too much…let’s be honest!) as well as in the search for super markets, which are all far far away from the port!

It’s a unique experience after all that for sure gets better day by day. People are now settled down in their labs and things are more convenient than at the beginning, when a slight panic feeling overcame many of us (hm was it me?). Just joking. Positive thinking is all we need! And love (don’t forget about it even when sampling!), as the song says…