This morning I have arrived in Lima. I wanted to send an update before leaving, but things were very hectic in the last week. There were a lot of small things to take care of both for work to be done in Freising as for this excursion.
Today I landed in Lima at 5:30 a.m. The city was covered in its usual grey cloud blanket, but at least there was not much traffic. At the hotel (1,25 hours of city traffic later, instead of the usual 2 hours), I tried to get a little bit of extra rest, but after I laid down on my bed for about 5 minutes, I got a phone call from Philippe, my collection partner the coming two weeks, that we needed to go shopping. He forgot some things and I realised that I also didn’t pack my sunglasses and the taxi driver said that outside Lima, the spring has started.
So, after a quick breakfast, we wandered around aimlessly in a part of Lima called La Molina to find all the tings we needed.
For lunch we met with Hannele Lindqvist, one of our contacts at CIP, to go trough the project details, and of course to enjoy an absolutely lovely ceviche. After lunch we went straight to the CIP to collect all things we need in the field, like bags, samples, boxes, scissors. You name it. We went through some of the protocols and the schedule for the week to come and waited for our car to be dropped off. I can tell you one thing. It’s big, and it looks like we definitely have to go off road for our prospecting. Let’s see.
Now its time for a quick dinner, then some checking of coordinates for the populations that we want to find tomorrow and off to bed. Tomorrow we’ll leave early!