Monthly Archives: March 2010

New Zealand: Christchurch and Akaroa

The day finally came when we were slated to leave Antarctica, but in my case hopefully not for too long…the time flew by quickly, as it always does when in places so exotic, and I was wishing that we could have stayed longer. But the summer season was over, and we were on one of the last planes out. The passenger load on our flight was indeed packed to the limit – over 260 people. A lot of them were rambunctious Kiwi “Nav Chaps” who had been hired and flown into McMurdo for the sole purpose of helping to offload the cargo ship (American Tern) that had brought in all the winter supplies (which had in turn been able to come in only because of the channel carved into the ice by theĀ Oden). This task usually took about 10 days, but they finished it in a week’s time. During their stay, no alcohol was sold or served throughout McMurdo…I think this fact alone attests to their notorious unruliness!

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Reflections on Antarctica

I have been busy with getting myself together here in Australia, but it is important to me to do a post on my reflections of my trip to Antarctica. The trip, with all its ups and downs, was without a doubt the trip of a lifetime. Who knows how/if I will ever find my way back to the last continent on Earth…but having visited, lived and studied there (albeit shortly), I have become deeply drawn to it, and therefore it will remain in my heart for the rest of my life.

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