Finally, spring is here, or maybe one could call it already summer. The snow-free time here in INN Evenstad is short, so there is no time to wast between winter and summer. This is already my third summer here as a master student, and probably the last one. I am sure that I will miss this place, but I will bring many good memories with me!
Fieldwork is exhausting, you are dirty, cold or/ and wet, the weather is most of the time wrong. But still, somehow we are always excited to go out (to count moose shit or to chase spiders) and afterwards it is always a great memory (after blocking the millions of mosquitoes from it). Fieldwork is like a constant ‘feeling’ in INN Evenstad, conveyed by rubber boots, outdoor clothes, muddy cars with a lot of stuff inside (e.g. forget never the camping table and the microscope when you go out for spiders!) and work at unusual sceneries and hours. And, if you are studying wetland species, like me, good luck with finding a dry spot to sleep…
2. ‘Office Work’
Because there is quite a lot of space for quite a few students, we master students have our own ‘office’ here. I really love that, because all my big piles of papers can stay here and wait for me, when I am going home. Like this, is was much easier for me to keep structure in my days and I think I avoided some of the common student miseries, from which I was suffering from before. Help is never far, and progress on whatever I am working on is more probably than by myself in a disorganized manner.
My university experiences up to now were quite monotonous in terms of getting from my house to the university. At INN Evenstad, things are a bit more… interesting. I had to cross a forested landscape every day, along Glomma, the largest river of Norway. I almost collided with a moose on my bike. Sometimes, I had to remove small, fallen trees from the road to pass with the car, when the snow started falling. And sometimes there are people arriving with canoes or horses at the university, or with a moose on a trailer. If you want some surprises while staring out of the classroom window during a lecture.. there you go!
4. Unusual People
A place like this attracts and keeps a variety of interesting people. I guess also the low density of people overall makes them more interesting to me ;). But certainly there is always space for surprises, if you just wait and see. There is always someone coming back from a crazy field trip, doing some unimaginable ski-tour in even less imaginable temperatures. Another really enjoyable memory I will have from Evenstad about its people is, that about half of them are dogs. 😉
I hope, you had a very nice 17th of May and enjoyed the sun! 🙂