This Thursday, I leave for a four month stay in Germany where I will be working as a technician at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Radolfzell. Naturally, I am reflecting on past travel experiences, such as my two month stay in Medellin, Colombia last summer where I studied carbon sequestration in the paramo (aka Colombian wetlands). I embarked on two separate week long trips into the paramo which included a three hour, uphill hike to the cabin, a two hour hike to and from the research area, and miles of walking around the swampy wetlands. On the second trip, I brought an old point and shoot film camera with me. Most of my photos were used to capture the most stunning sunrise I've ever seen.