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May 23, 15

Turbulent Flow! 2 Day Lab

Over the course of two days, we learned about basic fluid mechanics, and performed an experiment in a flume to look or turbulent flow vs laminar flow. We then went out to a stream, where we performed the same measurements in a real-world situation.

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May 22, 15

From Reykjavik to Copenhagen

Today was a travel day. We left Reykjavik early this morning and traveled to Copenhagen where we had the opportunity to do some exploring and get our bearings before our free days tomorrow and on Sunday.

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May 21, 15

The History of Iceland

Today we spent our time learning about the history of Iceland after spending yesterday looking at the modern applications of their geothermal power. We learned about the founding of Iceland, the Norse gods, and Iceland's transition to Christianity, in addition to some smaller anecdotal stories from Iceland's past. We also entered Reykjavik and had the opportunity to explore the city and try new food! (Spoiler alert: Icelandic foal is my new favorite meat.)

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May 20, 15

Our First Day in Iceland!

Our first day was a busy one! We visited a power plant, swam in the world-famous Blue Lagoon, hiked up a volcano, toured hot springs, visited an explosion crater, explored a cave formed by a subterranean river of lava, and toured around the beautiful landscape of the Reykjanes Peninsula.

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May 20, 15

Drizzly Day, Playgrounds and the Fire Department

All 3 of our lab groups were able to finish their field work today. The fire department came to flood the rain garden for us, and we were able to practice measuring overflow from a V-notch weir.

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May 20, 15

Flower Power

We've all seen the traditional pictures of Indian brides with flowers strung in her hair on her wedding day, but today the class really learned how integral the flower is to the Bangalorian economy, religious tradition, and heratage.

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May 20, 15

How to Choose a Chai in Ten Days

Ever since arriving in Bangalore, I've been mystified by the notion of how far I am away from the U.S., and yet how familiar everything is in this new temporary home. I've made a list of notables we've observed so far.

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May 20, 15

Treasure Hunt!

To familiarize ourselves with Bangalore geography and transportation, we split into groups for a treasure hunt. Each group was given four clues. We had to use our wits as well as the guidance of Bangalore residents to find various sites around the city.

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May 20, 15

Hard at work!

Yesterday was our first day working on building an autonomous robot that will theoretically be able to navigate a mountainous Martian terrain. We are all working together to get to this milestone.

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May 19, 15

Stormwater and Hydrology Field Work

We had our first lecture of the course, then a full day of storm water and hydrology field work. After exploring the town a bit more, our group was treated to a beautiful welcome dinner at the fort, joined by our new friends at NTNU.

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