Sunday, January 22, 2012

Academic housing/Field station comparisons

2012.01.18-IMG_0435 So, a while back, I did a little comparison of some of the different academic housing facilities that I'd been too. The Academia Sinaca in Taipei, Trelease House at the Missouri Botanical Garden, and Swope Center at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole.

Well, now, I have to add another to that list, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute field station on Barro Colorado Island (BCI) on Lake Gatun in Panama.

The BCI facility was pretty fun; much more rustic than any of the others. I was in a unit in one of the older buildings. I shared a room with William Ulate (and a pretty good sized Huntsman spider). Rooms didn't have any A/C (but did have fans). The best part of the room though, was location. Great to be out in the jungle, Howler monkeys to wake you in the morning; the friendly Huntsman sitting on the bathroom light switch (and not in bed). The food was also fabulous. We had set breakfast, lunch and dinner times. Some really great rice and beans; various meats, tortillas, and a really picante Panamanian hot sause. Oh, and different juices all the time (tamarind, mango, papaya, even orange).

No beer in the vending machines (like at the Academia), well, come to think of it, there were no vending machines at all. How does it compare to the others? I think I'd have to bump this up to the top of my list. Only thing lacking was wifi in the room, but that gave us all a chance to hang out in the dinning hall and mingle while being online. 2012.01.18-IMG_0433

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