Derya on December 14th, 2010

Looking forward to being back home, little did I know that there was a determined and hard-working beard contest participant in my own house…… Yesterday when Hanu, Clay and I finally reached Boston, I knew my husband was going to be at the airport to pick me up. I was looking all around for him, […]

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Derya on December 13th, 2010

One of the IT gurus onboard, Paul Woodroffe has produced this great video of the JCR passing through the famous Lemaire channel several days ago. Derya’s note: I have embedded this video on a private posting on Youtube, with Paul’s permission. Due to the nature of the soundtrack Paul has overlaid on the video, I have gotten […]

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Derya on December 9th, 2010

It has been a few days since we have left Rothera but I am just getting around to wrapping up my final thoughts. The three days spent at Rothera made everyone feel better– not that 5 weeks on a ship is a terribly long time (given that the crew sails for 4 months before going […]

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Derya on December 9th, 2010

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Derya on December 7th, 2010

My 12 year old cousin Elif posted a comment the other day asking me how many species of penguins there were and which one I liked the best. So far we have seen three species: Emperor, Chinstrap and Adelie. Out of these that I have seen with my own eyes, I like the Emperors the […]

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Derya on December 5th, 2010

On our second night at Rothera, the over-winterers at the base were invited onboard the JCR to have drinks at the bar. A very good crowd showed up and we got to meet the base’s dive officer, divers, field assistants, plumbers and marine biologists. We had already met the base doctor, Claire, the day before […]

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Derya on December 3rd, 2010

Yesterday and today we were able to get go ashore and walk around Rothera for a change. We visited the base’s library, computer room, bar and its cafeteria. There was a nice timeline of the photos of the Rothera over-winterers since the 70s, and very interesting photos of the first explorers roughly 100 years ago […]

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Derya on December 3rd, 2010

This morning the captain announced two things: we were low on fresh water so only absolutely necessary laundry and showers, and that we’d be reaching the Rothera base at 9 AM. We gathered up at the Monkey Island to watch our approach to the frozen continent. Shortly after we were moored in, the Rothera base […]

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Derya on December 1st, 2010

We have been informed today that the Dash-7 flights we were looking forward to, that would take us out of Rothera and into Punta Arenas, Chile, then to home, have been canceled. The airplane needs a part which is being brought over from Canada by a mechanic, and the whole process to make it fly […]

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Derya on November 29th, 2010

Hanu challenged all the scientists to not shave during the entire length of the cruise when we left Stanley on November 7th. Consequently, 3 weeks into the trip, we have various shapes and lengths of beards. One day before we reach the Rothera Base, on December 2nd, there will be a scientists + crew “End […]

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