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Lab Friends I and spend weekend in Kodaikanal

Nov 14, 2008 in Uncategorized

The gangI’m happy to report that things with my research project are going well; I have had success isolating RNA and with my globe dissections. Soon enough I will have the probes for my in situ hybridization experiments ready and working. I am hopeful that a few small steps every day will eventually add up to big results… 

Perhaps more interesting was our trip last weekend to Kodaikanal. It is a four hour drive to the hill station, which is a great place to go to beat the heat of Madurai (it is 86 degrees Fahrenheit at 8 PM, as I am writing this). This is the off season though, as it starts to get very hot in late February and early March. I remember reading about the climate in Madurai before I left the States… “the summer can best be described as extremely hot, while the winter is slightly less hot.” How true that is. I guess that is why the hill stations in Southern India are so popular… 

Seven of us left work in the afternoon on Saturday for our trip up into the mountains. The road leading up to Kodaikanal is probably the most windy road I have ever been on, and almost half of our group was sick between the trip up and down the mountain! No worries though because the climate and views from the mountains were amazing and well worth the traveling we had to do to get there.

We stayed overnight at a hotel in Kodai, playing games, and making some up too. We got going early the next morning, but we really didn’t have much of a choice as there was only hot water from 7 to 9 AM. I am happy to report that I finally have a somewhat functional knowledge South Indian foods, and proudly made my own order of Dosa and Idli for breakfast. Most of the day we spent going from place to place via tour bus, visiting a 500 foot deep cave, suicide point, Kodai lake, waterfalls, etc. At the end of all that we went down near the lake where they have boating, cycling, and horseback riding too.