Derya on October 31st, 2010

The flight from the UK to Ascension Island was 8 hours, and if you thought food served on a commercial airline is bad, imagine what it might be like for a British-ministry-of-defense-contractor airline. Plain water was only served on request as the standard was orange or pink colored “juice”, similar to Tang or Capri Sun […]

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Derya on October 30th, 2010

As a part of our transit, we had a day to spend in London. My last visit was in 1994, and as a 13-year old I don’t recall thinking it was a particularly fun place. This time around I had the chance to explore the Westminster area, rode the “London Eye” – the ferris wheel […]

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Derya on October 26th, 2010

A British vessel that earns an official warrant from the Queen can be designated an RRS – Royal Research Ship. We will conduct our research on RRS James Clark Ross and you will frequently see the cryptic acronym “RRS JCR” on this blog (read about other RRSs here). (This photo is from a gallery on […]

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Derya on October 25th, 2010

When I first joined the PhD program, all the members of my lab had been to the Arctic already. I remember asking “but how does one get to the Arctic?” I just had never thought about how you would go to the end of the world. According to this Wikipedia article, 30 countries (which include […]

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Derya on October 24th, 2010

I quickly gathered a few statistics from various sources online about the places we will be at. Looks like if the two outliers Izmir and Ascension Island are dropped, there is a pattern….

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Derya on October 24th, 2010

This map that I downloaded from geology.com shows an overview of Antarctica and the different bases, in red. I drew a green arrow towards Rothera.

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Derya on October 24th, 2010

I won’t be able to receive incoming calls while on JCR, probably with the exception of an emergency, but will be able to call out using a calling card, as if I were calling from the UK. I prepared this chart so when indeed I do have the time to call my dad or Elron, […]

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Derya on October 24th, 2010

One of the items we were required to pack was a balaklava. A balaklava is like a ski (or terrorist) mask covering your head and neck, leaving only your eyes exposed to the weather. I asked my cousin Elif to custom knit one for me, and she made this one with kashmir. My sunglasses are […]

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Derya on October 21st, 2010

Hello! If you’ve found this post, you know I am leaving for Antarctica in 6 Days. I always jot down travel notes in my red journal but a trip to the bottom of the world deserves a little better documentation, I thought. I may not be able to post regularly during the expedition, but sooner […]

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