Ok, well, you have to understand, I love it here, but I can take it for 10 days, maybe 2 weeks, and then I have to get out and get CLEANED UP! he says, laughing. Its a tough place here. Before too long Im dirty, my clothes smell, heck, I smell…So, I go into Manaus, take a hot shower, get dressed up, go out to dinner and maybe see a movie with friends. Its great, I need it.
But, you know, I have my break, and Im back here in under two days. Its really sort of liberating to be here. I can wear the same shirt for a week, I can look terrible, but it doesnt matter because Im doing my work. Once when I came down, my personal belongings consisted of two shirts, two pairs of pants and a couple of music cassettes for the whole 3 months. He stops, considers his thoughts. Well, maybe that was overdoing it. I brought my CD player this time.
Sitting in the cozy kitchen of Camp 41 in the light of a lantern, surrounded by the days scribbled notes that now must be transcribed, Emilio, occasionally drowned out by the trumpeting bullfrogs, explains how his interest in science has brought him a world away from the modern campusand modern conveniences!of the University of California.
So, why am I here? Ive always loved the outdoors, spending time outside, and also Im very concerned with conservation. This is the only laboratory I wanted to find myself in, not one with bunsen burners and beakers. This is where the action is!
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