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 […]

Continue reading about Springtime in the Falklands

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 […]

Continue reading about A day in the life of London

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 […]

Continue reading about Royal Research Ship James Clark Ross

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 […]

Continue reading about How does one get to Antarctica?

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….

Continue reading about Dress in Layers

Derya on October 24th, 2010

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

Continue reading about Whereabouts

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, […]

Continue reading about Best times to call

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 […]

Continue reading about Test Driving my Balaklava

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 […]

Continue reading about First step – a haircut