Friday, February 1, 2013 (György Hetényi)
After we installed the last station at a newly improvised site near Thimphu, and after repairing the last cables to bring current at another station near Thimphu, all field participants are more relieved. Today, on the last day in Bhutan, they packed away the remaining material in the storage room and spent a few hours free time in the capital before transferring to Paro, a town close to the airport. All of them will depart back to their home tomorrow morning, with a well-done and complete station network installation that, we hope, will run smoothly and safely. Our first maintenance visit is planned for April.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 (Katrin Plenkers, Team West)
Our expedition will end very soon. In the remaining two days we have to install three more stations. Without the help of our Bhutanese colleagues it would be very difficult. They have their contacts and organize for example in no time an electrician to install an electrical socket. Beside work they find it quite amusing that we still can't handle the amount of chili they add to the food. Only yesterday we both had to cry because of a very spicy chili salad.
Monday, January 28, 2013 (Katrin Plenkers, Team West)
After a night in Thimpu we are driving towards South to install stations bhw04, bhw05 and bhw06. Yesterday we installed bhw08 in an outreach center of a hospital. The building is most of the time empty (good for our measurement). It is only used for special events like vaccination programs, health lessons or elections. We had beautiful conditions to install the station including a sunset on snowy mountains.
Sunday, January 27, 2013 (Men-Andrin Meiner, Team East)
After driving on hilly roads for three weeks we found ourself on a flat road again. Now we are in Samdrup Jongkan, a town at the Indian border. Here in the Southeast of the East array we plan to build two more stations. The sites we haven investigated back home are a prison and a crematorium. We prefer to install the stations at schools and will first ask there.
Saturday, January 26, 2013 (Men-Andrin Meier, Team East)
At the moment we are having breakfast in Wamrong. With this new energy we will install two more stations today. John and Gayley have to drive back to station bhe05. The station hole was made too big. Nevertheless we are on time and sure to finalize everything in the time being.
Thursday, January 24, 2013 (Men-Andrin Meier, Team East)
Today we fixed some problems at the station near Trashigang, the one we have installed yesterday on a hill. Again the local community was very supportive. Additionally we installed station bhe06 further South. Tomorrow we will head towards the Indian boarder and from there on we will drive northwards.
Thursday, January 24, 2013 (Katrin Plenkers, Team West)
To day we are very pleased to stay over night in the royal guest house above Damphu. It is located in a remote forest on the top of a hill. We will sleep in the staff guest house with simple rooms apart from beautiful painted wooden walls. We enjoy the quietness and exotic birds flying around. These attitudes make the place to a perfect site for station bhn03. We installed it in an abandoned store house nearby.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 (Men-Andrin Meier, Team East)
To reach the site of station bhe09 we had to drive through estimated 100 switchbacks. As we finally arrived on the top of a small hill we discovered an idyllic town. The farmer families living there were happy to be involved in a scientific project. They assisted in building the station and offered us tea and some snacks. We owed their generous help with a small contribution to the so called "community budget".
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 (Men-Andrin Meier, Team East)
Half of the group went back to Trashigang to load instruments and material. The other half installed a new station (bhe14) in Trashiyangtse close to the Chinese boarder. They have to stay over night as the way back would take too long.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 (Eszter Kiraly, Team West)
After waiting for a long time for keys and an electrician we finally installed two stations in school buildings. One of the directors offered us a really good tea with coffee taste. Now we are heading back to Wangdue.