Monthly Archives: May 2015

Research Station

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This week’s field trip took us to a couple of agricultural research stations outside of Bydgoszcz. After a pretty nice breakfast, we learned about the type of research they do and spent some quality time attempting to convert decitons per …

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Mycotoxins and PCR

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We had some lectures on fungus, which can infest and ruin crops. Some of them, like ergot, I had heard of, and some were new. We looked at some of them under the microscope, which was really cool and gross. …

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Plants

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We had some lectures with different teachers this week. There was some interesting information about the differences between Poland and Texas agriculture: planting times, crops, climate differences, pests. We saw this small garden where some different crops are grown for …

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seven nation army.

Over the weekend we decided to take the train and have a short adventure in Berlin, Germany. We took the train from Bydgoszcz straight to the central station in Berlin. It was only a short four hour ride and we …

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Berlin

Of all the places in the world I’ve wanted see I never thought I would have had the chance to see Berlin.  The history pours out of the city like no other.  I really liked taking the train ride there, …

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Busy week

This past week was pretty eventful one.  Learned a lot of different things on plants and got to see a research center that was pretty neat.  Even saw a row of cotton wood trees, which I definitely didn’t expect to …

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Berlin

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Our second free weekend we decided to go to Berlin. This was a really great choice because it was kind of close to Bydgoszcz and only a four hour train ride and we knew we would have a really good …

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Only the fin of traveling

So we just got back from the beautiful German city of Berlin.  At first we didn’t know if we were even going to make it.  But some how we survived the bus to the Bydgoszcz Głowna Train station and hoped …

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Weekend in Berlin

This past weekend we decided to visit Berlin for the weekend. It was a little struggle at first getting there but we got situated in the train and we were off. As we arrived it was beautiful. Packed with people …

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Field Day

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The field day was very interesting. We went to two experimental stations. One was a national experimental station in Chrzastowo and the other station was UTP’s experimental station. At Chrzastowo, we looked at the ornamental plots that had vines that …

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We made friends

After being here for two weeks we had classes with some Polish students that joined us for lecture and thought why not go out. So we went bowling and also went to the clubs. We celebrated ambers birthday and just …

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fields of glory

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 Today was a fun day.  I GOT TO DRIVE A CZECK TRACTOR!!!  As you can see from the picture above.  it was really different from the tractors back home.  only four gears, a high/low, but it had three granny low …

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Desperado

Things are going pretty good and smooth sailing.  Having a great time and enjoying the company.  Today we had a good deal on learning about fungi and different molds that grow in our foods and crops.  A good deal on …

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crops

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The Thursday of the second week I found to be the most interesting and best of the plant information. I learned about so must information on planting crops and the best methods for growing them. The showed us how they …

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Tuesday we went out to the garden to observe different plants of how they grow, how they are planted and the uses for each of them. We also learned the names and the processes of how they grow. We also …

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There is FUNGUS AMUNGUS

So these past two days have been a little weird. I didn’t blog last night because I didn’t know what to blog about but today kind of sealed the deal.  The past two days have been all about fungi.  And …

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Fungus Lecture

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The first two lectures of the day were very interesting to me. We talked about fungus and how it affects plants. The teacher explained ow when a plant or its fruit is infected by mycotoxins produced by fungus can infect …

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Crop plots

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We looked at the planted gardens behind the building we had lecture in. There were several types of legumes in the plots, like beans and vetch. Anna, our teacher, pulled a couple of legumes to check for nodules to see …

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it’s definitely a plant…

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Tuesday we learned more about plants and I’m finding myself a little confused on what the professors are talking about. Too many technical terms, but I am still all ears and trying to learn more about plants. One of the …

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Copernicus House and Torun Castle

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The train to Torun was only about an hour, and very worth it. In just a few short hours, I had seen the birthplace of Nicholas Copernicus and Torun Castle. Both places illustrate some things about Poland. Copernicus is a …

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fungal plants

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The second week was a very interesting week. We talked about fungal endophytes andf how they infect and develop in plant tissue. I thought this was a very interesting topic because I knew of a little information about funguses but …

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IPM lecture

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Today in one of the lectures we talked about IPM, integrated pest management. IPM is the prevention of pest or their damage by biological control, habitat manipulation, modification of cultural practices, and using resistant varieties. We discussed some of these …

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Plants plants….plants

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Today we learned about plants that dealt with different bacteria that would affect those plants. As well as what you can do to help prevent it and fix it. We also looked at the different grains like barley and oat …

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Time marches on

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Getting close to two weeks here now and we’ve begun to study plants.  Plants are not really my meat and potatoes but I’ve found it very interesting when we’ve looked at the comparisons between Texas and Poland on how different …

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The seeds of future harvest

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Today was the day we started on my major… CROPS!!! I was so happy to start on my major and the classes i can really relate to.  today was mainly about cereal grains and some of the other major crops …

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First free weekend

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Our first weekend off we decided to travel to Torus. The train ride was only one hour so when we got there we weren’t really tired. We had to take two taxies because one couldn’t fit all of us and …

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plant week

I can’t believe that it is the second week of this trip so far. This trip is going by so fast and I don’t want it to end. This week we are learning about plants, which definitely has nothing to …

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Field Day 2

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Today we piled into a van and traveled to a place outside of Bydgoszcz to check out some soils. We spent the morning characterizing a soil pit that had multiple buried E and B horizons, due to the area’s history …

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The River

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Today the group got to sit back and enjoy the city of Bydgoszcz pretty well I think.  I went into an old church and looked at all the work that was put into this building that was made into something …

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weeeeeekend

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Our first three day weekend in Bydgoszcz was very peaceful and relaxing. On Friday, we decided to rent boats and explore the Brda River. We spent an hour on the river just looking at all the neat things in Bydgoszcz. …

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boating

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To start our three day weekend we all decided to go drive some boats on Friday to relax and enjoy the beautiful day. It was about a 10min walk but when we finally got there we signed a slip and …

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soil pit

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We had an amazing time in the soil pits today. We hiked for a little while then we arrived at the spot where we were going to study the soils. We dug a little more and then got to work …

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Vistula River

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We went and seen the Vistula river. The Vistula is the longest and largest river in Poland at 651 miles long. We were looking at alluvial deposits in the floodplain of the river. We walked out into a field and …

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The Soil Pit

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Everyone got to see a soil pit today. It was nice to see everyone interacting while we determined aspects of the soil profile. We determined the horizons, depth of horizons, structure, texture, color, percent coarse fragments, pH, boundary, and special …

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Thursday, yay!

Today seemed like a really long day, but in reality we got done pretty early. This morning we took a big blue vehicle to what seemed like a pretty residential area. We got out by a playground and started our …

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Green fields

You sit and think of how you might describe some of the things you see to people back home, but you come to realize again that it’s just one of those things you wont understand unless you see for yourself. …

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The Soils And Views Only in Poland

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 “On top of the hill”   When we first show up to our class room today, both instructors say lets go.  So we all pile in a mini bus and off we went.  i believe we went south of Bydgoszcz …

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Field Day

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Today we started our class in a different building, which we actually found without trouble. At first we thought it was a NATO base due to the security and the, uh, jet airplane sitting behind the building. We made it …

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Soils Lab Day

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Monday was our first day of classes, and week 1 is “soil week”. I couldn’t be more excited. We were led into the classroom building, an old Benedictine monastery. The labs are so neat and organized! There are paintings of …

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Into the woods.

Today we went to the Lesnictwo Biale Blota park and walked through a beautiful forest.  I’ve seen a lot of different forests but this one was very neat and unique in its own way.  I also learned a lot in …

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OH MY GOD

So today we are trying to pick places to go on our three day weekends.  This is turning into a nightmare to try and figure out.  Its either too expensive to get there or its just to far or to …

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fun. fun. fun.

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Well today we learned more about soil and went to a nursery called Lesnictwo Biale Blota here in Bydgoszcz.  This university that we are at have a research program studying soil mites. Today during lecture we got to actually see …

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One more for the books.

Four days in now and I have seen things I never thought I would have seen in my life.  This culture and the history behind it is a very humbling experience.  I wish that everyone had the opportunity to do …

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The bus to nowhere

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We had an amazing time in soil science and learned about the pH, different horizons, texture and the structure by looking and experimenting with the soil. After a great time in soil we decided to go to a bigger mall …

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Crazy Adventure

We had a crazy adventure on the bus ride from the mall to the dorms. We left school and walked to the mall to take a look around. After looking at the mall for an hour and a half, everyone …

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the picture that saved the day

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This picture alone saved the day for us.  It was an amazing trip all around Bydgoszcz on the busses.  But we had no idea where we were going.  We thought it was just a few stops up ahed from where …

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Tuesday, the day we got lost…

The title to this blog gets straight to the point on what happened Tuesday. We thought taking the bus would be such faster and better way to get back to the dorm and boy did we thought wrong. It was …

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The picture and bus driver that saved us

On Tuesday it was as typical day in class where we measured solid density and texture. We did calculations and completed a whole packet that dealt with chemistry within the soil and dirt. After it being a long day and …

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Public Transportation

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I think all our students are native Texans. Some of them have experience with public transit in Austin and Dallas, and I am fairly confident about getting around on city buses in Portland, ME and on Boston’s T. Since arriving in …

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Food

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When the plane finally landed in Warsaw I was excited we had arrived in Poland. We took a long trip and we could finally start a new adventure. We got in a cab that could only seat six so we …

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hello

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It’s day four and I still can’t get over the fact that I am here in Bydgoszcz, Poland. I never thought that I would study abroad with such a great group of people. I am super excited to explore the …

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Soil Texture

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Today’s class was very interesting to see how soil texture is measured differently in Poland compared to United States. The texture by feel method in Europe is done dry and wet, and once wet it is made into a ribbon …

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First day of class

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After a sleepless night because of our door makingso much noise because of having our window open, we needed to put a chair and my luggage on top of the chair to finally secure it and finally go to sleep. …

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ow ow ow ow

After being in Poland for 4 days now i am starting to realize that I never really walked any where in the states.  Plus I need to learn to wear taller socks lol.  This walking is actually fun though.  I …

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Into the woods

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On Wednesday we went to a forest nursery that contained all different plants and trees. It was absolutely beautiful and fascinating with the different facts and information we got. After looking at all the plants we went into the forest/woods …

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It’s only been 3 days…

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  With only being here 3 days we have seen so much and Bydgoszcz/Warsaw is beautiful. I have never been to either places before but I was excited to experience a new place and better yet the schooling and of …

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Getting ready

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This is a photo of my suitcase a couple of weeks ago. I had been throwing random items into it as I decided what to bring. It was not a very good system but I was so busy with school …

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Karmnik Warsaw, Poland

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Karmnik is where I go for a meal and a beverage when I arrive in Warsaw, Poland. The first time I came here it was great! I have been back three times and it is always welcoming. The food is …

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Waiting on a plane to take me away

So… today is the day that a beautiful plane will take me to a new land, full of adventure and fun.  But there is one problem.  That problem is waiting.  Today my family is all traveling to Washington D.C. for …

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Here I Go Again

I have moved out all my things from my apartment just yesterday and now I have to re-pack for Poland and I could not be more excited and thrilled. I never thought for the first time I will going without …

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Change of Luggage

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 Over time I’ve developed some travel habits that have unburdened myself from excessive luggage. I have worked hard to collapse the clothes to items I’ll wear multiple time for each trip. I have also collapsed space by favoring lightweight synthetic …

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