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
19 January 2004
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 25, 2003


Christmas day started late fore everybody here. I got out of my tent at
11:15, while most people were still in it sleeping. I joined a couple of
people in the free tent who were sitting quietly. Five people only made it
to breakfast. At lunch time, the camp manager decided that enough people had
risen to start distributing the present. I guess he makes a good Santa Claus
being always dressed in red and with a beard of decent size. Everyone was
gathered in the TV room and called one after another to receive a t-shirt
from the IPEV (Eric was profoundly disappointed when he realized that they
only had XXL sizes) and a certificate stating we crossed the polar circle.
There was still a few people missing for this event and no one really cared
to wake them up for it.

The Christmas lunch was served at 1:30. As you can expect, it was another
nine course marathon. This time the Italians behaved remarkably. The
conversations around the table were of a slightly more serious nature and by
5pm we started exhausting the dessert: a 3m long Christmas log, a
traditional Christmas cake in France that is shaped like a tree log. We all
gave up at about 5:45 while about half a meter of cake was left untouched.
The rest of the evening was pure laziness. After all, digesting the quantity
of food we ate is an effort in itself. Some people took a nap, others like
me just collapsed in front of the TV to watch a movie I already forgot the
name of.

Have a Merry Christmas everyone!

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