22.07.2012 - 25.08.2012 17 °C
Hi all !
Well, it’s been a while since my last entry but that is mainly due to a distinct lack of news ! I have spent the last 6 weeks scouring thousands of photographs of dolphin fins trying to find duplicates and once that fascinating task was completed I’ve been entering fin data on excel sheets – to summarise, if dolphin number 321 was seen in sector 21 on a certain date in the last 6 years I put a 1 in the relevant column……. For some reason Chandler Bing from Friends has kept coming into my mind over these weeks – I seem to remember that his job was entering numbers onto spreadsheets !!
We finished yesterday and, although a tad tedious, it’s a really good feeling to know that all of the data is finally input and Stefan can now start writing papers to publish. Some really interesting (for me anyway) patterns started to emerge over the weeks with the effect of a pier construction down in Melchorita in 2008 influencing the dolphins’ behaviour, the location and distribution of the female dolphins and also signs of increased aggression when the distribution changes.
So, what other news ?? Well, I’ve changed rooms in the house – I’ve moved into the garage which isn’t as bad as it sounds !! After a slightly uncomfortable weekend in my old room which involved my 2 French neighbours, their “conquests” from a random meeting the week before and paper thin walls I decided to move into the newly converted garage room – which gives me more space and more “sound insulation” !!! The residents of the house change quite often and I am now living with a Chilean, a Colombian, a Peruvian and 4 bloody French students !
We took some Germans ……. Sorry, we took some bloody miserable Germans ….. out on a whale watching trip last Sunday, we aren’t guaranteed to see whales in this area of the Pacific, it’s not a breeding area but we know they are around. Unfortunately we didn’t find any, saw loads of dusky dolphins off-shore though. Couldn’t believe when we found that a Southern Right Whale was spotted on Monday just off the coast of Chorillos, a suburb of Lima about 1.5 miles from where I sit now !
So, I hope you all enjoyed the Olympics – it appears that it was a fantastic couple of weeks …. Unfortunately I could only enjoy it by reading the BBC website. But, I did manage to watch the opening ceremony – the British Embassy put on a bit of a “British themed tea in the park” event nearby with a big screen, I can’t explain why but I was so nervous ! Sitting there amongst all these Peruvians watching, what was quite frankly, a bizarre and difficult to explain show, listening to the Argentinian commentators trying to make sense of it all ! It was a great event though, union jacks decked out the park. Interestingly the crowd all stood up for God Save the Queen, very respectful and nearly brought a tear to my eye ! Also, the way in which the Peruvians cheered every single Latin American country when the teams came out was great.
I've tried to upload some photos but it's taking forever so I may try again a little later.
That’s it for my news – this time next month I’ll be back in England ….. feels weird ! Not sure what the future holds for me after doing what I’ve got to do back home ….. I suppose I should start to make some decisions, unfortunately finances will undoubtedly be a key factor …. !