It took us a while to get to Peştera in the southeastern part of Romania: We had to pick up our cars, load them with equipment at the Romanian Academy of Sciences and make our way through what has been one of the heaviest rains we’ve ever experienced. However, we’re sure that the really hot summer we had actually expected will return within the next few days.

Rain on A2 to Constanta

Rain on A2 to Constanta

The owner of Peştera’s local store welcomed us and we eventually pitched up our tents on the lawn surrounding the building which will house our laboratory for the next five weeks. We’ve also picked up two more participants at Medgidia train station. Right now we’re setting up our computers, etc. to start with the excavation and survey tomorrow – and Adrian is trying to get our barcbecue started, a task that is, at least right now, equally important. Of no lesser importance is the shower two locals built for us in the backyard.

Locals constructing our shower

Locals constructing our shower

Mathias blogging

Mathias blogging

Radu and Kristin setting up the field lab

Radu and Kristin setting up the field lab

Adrian trying to light a fire

Adrian trying to light a fire

Working in Constanţa County where streets are not only blocked by cars, but also by animals of various kinds, we now already have experience with trying to sleep while a annoying puppy is whining all night long or with a leashed cow that is taken for a walk on a Sunday afternoon. We’re sure there’ll be more blogworthy encounters to come.

Kristin, Mathias & Nina

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