Who? Marloes van Splunter, Master's student in Cell Biology
What? Was attached to Swiss Institute of Allergy and Asthma Research (SIAF) for a seven-month research internship
Where? Davos, Switserland
I combined doing research with an outdoor life. Everyone is given two hours' break, during which most would go outdoors to do cross-country or downhill skiing or hiking. There, winter lasts for eight to nine months. And so I learned how to ski but after a while, I had had more than enough. You have to like the mountains or you'd go nuts. Davos is located in a really remote area. It took some getting used to: it not being a student town but a tourist town. Tourism gets all the attention. That makes it difficult to come into contact with the local population. I tried to make contact by playing volleyball, but I couldn't understand Swiss German. There were just two people on the entire court who knew English. I had more contact with my colleagues, though; they became real friends. I went to Heidiland with some of my colleagues. Nice to see where the legendary Heidi and Peter come from and where the film was shot.'