Stop and Smell the Canola Oil

Monday’s field trip was awesome! We went to a “museum” where you walk around into different areas where they have recreated what life was like for the Poles in the Midevil Times, and the Iron Age.
Interestingly enough, there was a ladder there to show how families would get up on their bunk beds that were carved out of a tree trunk, and I had used the exact same kind in a Tibetan tower in China that was about 700 years old. At the time that both of these people groups were using these, there was no way the would have had communication with one another. There was also a spoon that also had a small hold carved in the handle, which would be used to feed babies. We then walked around and saw all of the villagers, and what they would make and trade. Some used bones to make jewelry, bowls, etc., come made clothes, some instruments, one made items from leather, and we even saw how they would make and mint money then. At the end, they had honey for sale out of all sorts of different plants that are pollinated, including canola oil, and dandelion. Our professor bought some dandelion honey, and it was very very sweet.
When we left there, we had been seeing the most beautiful and vibrant fields of yellow, which they explained to us was canola oil. We stopped to take pictures. We also took the pH of a barley plant, and reiterated the lesson we had gotten the week before. While we were there, our professor for the day, Marik, asked, “Who here has had beer in the last 24 hours?” Nobody had, so we told him that. He said, no drinks? We had had one vodka drink the night before, so we told him that. He said to me, “Okay, let me see your arm. If you have had too much alcohol, skin will turn red when I put this on it.” Confidently (cockily) I said “OH! I am good, try me out!” And it turned bright red! I must’ve had a very dramatic face, because they all laughed really hard, and he explained that skin is always acidic, and it will turn red no matter what. We all got a good laugh out of it. This was a very interesting field trip. It is neat to learn about history, and see how far we come, particularly outside of America, who wasn’t even in existence until a few centuries later.

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