The first one is Sebastian, a 21-year old from Rennes, France who is here to gain research experience. He is adorable; if you're ever having a bad day, all you need to do is visit Sebastian because he'll have a smile, hug, joke, or French pastry from his grandmother's recipe book to offer you. Last week he took a 24 hour bus ride to Buenos Aires because he wanted to dance Tango. He ended up meeting tons of Argentinians and not having to pay for hotels or food because they loved him so much.
Here's a photo of him wearing a t-shirt that I brought him from California in appreciation for letting me use his suitcase when I traveled to California. Mine is too big and his has straps to keep things in place (like bottles of wine and bags of coffee). He was so excited; apparently he and his family love California culture.
One of my other friends helped me install my final plates yesterday, so all of my plates are in and the experiment is finally started! From now on, I'll be taking photos every day of the plates and analyzing the data.