Since March. We were still around mid October, with another 3 weeks of peace and quiet until we were scheduled to get people to share our toilets, when we got a request to house a few Canadians for a few days. This one of those situations that, on the real world, would flex some eyebrowns, but around… Continue reading The first humans
The Winter is over. And this time I mean it. Mainly because today is September 21st and technically its already Spring. It is still too cold to use ski-doos everywhere but at least we have Sun and nights at 50%, even if only for a day or two… We still have little over a month until we… Continue reading The big move
The penguin is the ultimate symbol for Antarctica and it easy to see why. On my first trip South, as soon as we got under the 60th parallel, any piece of floating ice from that point on had a few of these lovely critters on it. Yes, we also have seals, wales and surprising quantities… Continue reading Penguins, finally!
It were 107 days of darkness… and then 3 more. In the solar events department, this year in Antarctica was a bit sad. That’s mainly because the odds of getting a day with clear sky in these events is quite small and unfortunately we weren’t lucky enough to invert this tendency. Though we technically celebrated… Continue reading The Sun returns
After Midwinter life went back to our lovely routine. That week off was delicious but there’s lots to do before we get people back into here. The GPS and GPR monthly surveys around Chasm 1 became more difficult, which one would expect around the peak of the Antarctic Winter. For a start, we cannot see… Continue reading The second half
On 23rd of June 2016, Britain voted and that´s how the United Kingdom decided to split from the European Union. The portuguese point of view of this situation from the several thousands of nationals currently living in British Territory was thoroughly explored. But no one wanted to hear from all the portugueses living inside the British Antarctic… Continue reading Brexit in Antarctica
The middle of Winter. And the middle of all this. Midwinter is the queen celebration in Antarctica and none can even raise comparisons. As I’ve stated here, Christmas is whenever one can, New Year’s goes a bit on the run (there’s no postponing on this one I’m afraid) and Easter is just too depressing for the type… Continue reading Midwinter