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Off the ice bitchez!

January 1st, 2010 No Comments

It’s hard to believe that yesterday I was at the South Pole. Right now, I’m sitting in my comfy bed at the Devon B&B in Christshurch. Our flight got in really late (this morning it was delayed 3 hours due to “weather enroute”), so as it’s almost 1 am I’m skipping the traditional “go out […]

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Merry Christmas!

December 24th, 2009 1 Comment

Hey everyone, merry Christmas! It’s a day ahead here at the south pole, so this morning I woke up to Christmas brunch. Yesterday we had a flight come in with three triwalls full of mail, and I got two Christmas presents that I opened this morning. I now have the largest supply of tea and […]

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Thanksgiving, dance parties, and the dome

December 14th, 2009 No Comments

It’s been awhile since I’ve written here, and much has happened. First of all, Thanksgiving happened! The pies we made were delicious, and after dinner there was sangria and dancing. In addition to the standard dancing in the galley after dinner, a large crew headed out to the summer camp lounge afterward for some more […]

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Chocolate!

November 26th, 2009 1 Comment

A few days ago we had our first installment of package mail since I’ve been here. There was an announcement over the intercom: “Attention South Pole: All hands to Destination ZULU to bring freshies into station. Repeat: This is your Thanksgiving dinner. Come help!” I pulled on my ECW gear and walked down to DZ, […]

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Hello from 90 south!

November 10th, 2009 No Comments

I made it to pole today, after 5 straight days of traveling. This time I was with Brad and Abby for the whole trip, and we had a great time in Christchurch. Notably, we had some great Indian food and beer while in Christchurch, and we went for a walk through the botanical gardens. Since […]

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It’s official

June 16th, 2009 1 Comment

I’m sitting in a meeting in Chicago right now, and about 5 minutes ago I got an e-mail with the subject line “Grantee Medical/Dental Checklist Email” from the United States Antarctic Program. It looks like I’m going to pole again. Almost everyone else who knows how to run the telescope camera is graduating, so I’m […]

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Almost done…

February 1st, 2009 No Comments

It is February 2, 2009 5:08am SPDT. I have been on the ice for 89 days, and 86 of those have been at Pole. I have now lived in Antarctica for longer than I lived in Berkeley. In two days, I will board a flight with 45 other people and fly to Christchurch, NZ. I’ve […]

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Thanksgiving, etc.

December 10th, 2008 No Comments

It’s been awhile since I last posted, and in the meantime many things have happened, including Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving dinner here was on Saturday, in order to give people a 2-day weekend. Much wine flowed, and it turned out to be a really nice evening. That day though, I actually had the most fun before dinner […]

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Life at the South Pole

November 25th, 2008 No Comments

Life at the Pole as a beaker (scientist) has many similarities to life in grad school. You get up, work until you are exhausted, go to bed, and then wake up way too early and start all over again. So far I’m making this sound pretty grim, but that’s not the case. It’s actually kind […]

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South Pole!

November 12th, 2008 No Comments

The trip to the south pole was pretty uneventful. They dragged us out of bed at 5:30 am and we got on “Ivan the Terra Bus” and drove us to Pegasus airfield, where we boarded a LC-130 Hercules (a cargo plane equipped with skis). We flew over the Transantarctic mountains, which were beautiful, and then […]

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