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February 16, 2018

We are back to Christchurch. We landed last night and for the first time in 31 days, we saw the darkness of the night. I was happy with the smell in the air, and seeing plants again!

It’s a bitter sweet feeling to be back to “reality”, I have been missing my husband and...

February 7, 2018

We woke in the morning to our flights being confirmed! Yay!

Some of us went for our last walk on the island! Kate, Virginie, Tess and I went towards the polynya on the Observatory Hill loop trek. It was very pretty and snowy. And we even got to see an emperor penguin on...

February 5, 2018

The day started with Harriet giving a Python tutorial, unfortunately because of our internet restrictions we could not all download some of the modules needed, and she had to adapt her planned class a lot. She did a great job though. We finished in time for brunch (whi...

February 2, 2018

Today is the day we were scheduled to leave, and we have confirmed that our flight is rescheduled for Monday.

Today is also Tess’ birthday and since we got here she has been excited that we would be back in Christchurch for her birthday and she has invited us all to a p...

February 1, 2018

It is a weird feeling to be finished with our research project, but we are still busy with the logistics of packing up and getting ready to leave. This morning we had the lab clean up, which was kind of fun to go around and organize everything. It was funny that after...

February 1, 2018

Today is the day that we presented our projects, and the official end of the scientific part of the course. We ended up forming 4 groups working on different aspects of Antarctic Biology. The presentations went well and it was great to hear the ideas of the other group...

January 30, 2018

It has been a long discussion in the past week or so if we would have helicopter time to go to Cape Evans. With the helicopter flights to the ice edge getting delayed, the likelihood of going was getting smaller. Luckily, after a discussion with us, the decision was th...

January 29, 2018

That was one once in a lifetime experience.

There are different factors that organisms living in the ice edge might be exposed to compared to organisms living under full coverage of ice, and we went there to get some zooplankton samples and to get an idea of how much li...

January 29, 2018

It was nice to have a day off, and it gave us a new perspective when coming back to work. I find it nice, and important to step out for a little when I'm working intensively on a project to give my brain the chance to absorb the information, and to rest for a while. Hi...

January 28, 2018

The anticipation of the day off made us all very happy and more inclined to have a late night.

After being all cozy in bed reading my book ready to sleep, I ended up joining the others at Southern Exposure for a glass of wine and what ended up being a hilarious game of...

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