Soooo this week, lab “science” stuff really started. Firstly I presented an article during the lab meeting on Wednesday. I had to compare two papers, one having been published by a former Ph.D. student from our lab. Beside the fact that someone told me that I explained it more clearly that the author, I also found out a mistake in it so I guess it was not a too bad first presentation.
Then I got to practice for two types of experiments. The first one is made only with the fish retina so you have to dissect it. In terms of size and solidity, it’s like trying to remove the skin of a pea once it has been cooked. I will need a bit more practice for this one! The fish retina cuted in pieces at the end.
The second experiment consists in implanting electrode in a fish brain to record its activity. So you have to open its skull and try to find neurones that respond to stimulations.
On Wednesday, I went to Rehovot to see Alexandra who was on business trip for DuPont. I checked ten times to see whether it was better to take the bus or the train to go there and decided to come back by bus because the last train was leaving too early. Since the bus schedule is always approximate, I was fifteen minutes in advance at the bus stop. But when it had still not arrived 45 minutes later, Alex made me accept the idea that I was not going to sleep at my place this night. Fortunately she had a big bed and the hotel didn’t mind. I just had to wake up at 6 to catch the train and be able to be at the lab early enough to practice the two surgeries.
After seven hours of surgery under a microscope, the day was far from being over. Indeed I invited my Israeli friends over for a fondue, without even knowing if we could get decent cheese. We went to Teev Tam, which I have been explained by Shir to be the Russian oligarchs’ supermarket. It’s a kind of premium shop where you can buy a glass for 240 shekels when you have 6 of those glasses for 40 skl in a regular supermarket. Anyway they are supposed to have everything from everywhere. And indeed they had Gruyère. But I couldn’t find Vacherin, so I used french Comté instead. I don’t know if the Comté had too much taste or the Gruyère wasn’t salty enough, but I couldn’t taste the latest. But as my friends said: they don’t even know what a fondue is supposed to taste like so it doesn’t matter! I also wanted to buy mayonnaise since I only found really white, suspicious ones in the supermarket. Unfortunately they didn’t have any better ones so I just got the most popular one. Big mistake. It’s the worst thing I have ever eaten in my life! It tastes like petrol, even after trying to hide it with mustard, herbs and paprika, I still had the after-taste after a few minutes. HORRIBLE!
Except that at some point the heating system caught fire and that Israelis are full of cheese after five bites, the dinner was a succes. Next trial: tartiflette and home made mayonnaise!