Back at it again!
The water quality and bioaerosols teams along with Rainie and Renee from the mercury team headed out at 7:30 AM to hunt for a few more sites to complete our studies. Our focus today was to remain within the city. First we went back to our first site to see if there was any variability between the morning and the afternoon. One thing that we did notice was that there was a higher flow and the water was much more turbid.
After sampling from this site again, we drove throughout the city looking for another access point. The difficulty with accessing the river within the city is that in certain areas the river is channelized with relatively high walls that prevented us from getting particularly close. The river also goes underground in certain parts of the city. With this being said, it takes some elements of creativity and risk to find a good spot.
In the end, we decided to only go to one more location where the bridge was channelized but somewhat accessible due to the channel not being excessively deep.
After sampling, we grabbed a quick lunch of salteñas. A salteña is a basically the Bolivian version of an empanada. It is a pastry that can be filled with chicken, beef, pork, or vegetables with a sweet sauce.
With our stomachs full, we then proceeded to get on the teleferico for the first time! Rainie and Renee needed to go to the fish market to get more samples for their project, and the teleferico is a great, cheap way to travel. While on the teleferico, one can catch a beautiful view of the entire city. It is basically an aerial cable car transit system. If you have a fear of heights, it can be a little unsettling at first to be so high above the city, but the longer you ride the more comfortable you will get.
Once we got to the fish market, Renee and Rainie were able to find some new samples, and we proceeded to head back to the hotel to meet up with the others. Because it was Tyler’s birthday, we bought cake and ate out at Jardin de Asia. The restaurant was very lovely with seating areas that were contained within a bulb-like structure. Following the birthday celebration, we got back to work to prepare for the next day.
Stay tuned to hear about Tyler and Arjun’s adventures on the Rio Seco and the mercury teams’s journey to Lake Titicaca! Also, one last shout out to Tyler Druhot. Hope you had a happy birthday!