Antarctic Astronomy Diaries 2003/04


05 December 2003
08 December 2003
11 December 2003
12 December 2003
13 December 2003
14 December 2003
15 December 2003
19 December 2003
20 December 2003
23 December 2003
24 December 2003
25 December 2003
29 December 2003
30 December 2003
31 December 2003
01 January 2004
03 January 2004
04 January 2004
07 January 2004
08 January 2004
12 January 2004
14 January 2004
16 January 2004
18 January 2004
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22 January 2004
25 January 2004
26 January 2004
27 January 2004
29 January 2004
30 January 2004
01 February 2004
03 February 2004

Thursday, December 11, 2003

We’re still at sea! I know, we were supposed to arrive about 12 hours ago but it looks like we’ll be another day. Bad weather you say? In fact exactly the opposite, the last three days have been perfect. The sea looked like a lake; the captain couldn’t even believe it. My only disappointment is the grey sky. I have a great DV camera lent to me by the ABC channel (the A stands for Australian not American…) but nothing much to shoot so far.

So why aren’t we at DDU yet? Simply because this time there is a lot of ice to break through. In fact this is the first time I am actually excited since I got on that boat. Finally something new, something that wasn’t there last time. Last year, if you remember, the trip was picture perfect, not a cloud, Icebergs posing for us in every direction. This time, it’s a different experience. We have to slowly make our way into the ice shelf, maximum speed: 4 knots. So I finally got to see why we embarked on an icebreaker in the first place. What happens is simple. The boat slowly crawls on top of a big piece of ice until you see it break underneath the weight of my belly full for candies (and of the boat…). This would be long and tedious if the shelf was in one piece. Fortunately it is already well broken in and we mainly push our way around the ice. At the very least, it gives me the occasion to go out to try my black ensemble and film what starts to look like a real adventure.

I found out today that my plane is scheduled to leave DDU for Dome C on the 14th, so I should have almost 48 hours of fun on the island before getting busy.

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