Category Archives: 2009 JCR200

Today’s song: Gypsy woman, Tim Buckley

JCR_200_2_shipwreckAfter a series of circumventions with time spent in various vehicles the Falklands have finally been reached: Trains (3,5 hours) buses (3 hours) airplanes (18 hours). Since we just arrived we just have to do personal stuff: getting our stuff to our cabins and getting everything stowed away. However there were more urgent matters at hand: going for a walk. The weather upon arrival was just great 20°C and no wind. After being stuck inside it was great to have the chance to get out and stretch out legs. Soon we were a group of seven, Gabi, Hugh, José, Sebastian, Daria, Ruth and I.

 

The first destination was Gypsy Cove. On the way we passed one of the postcard marks of the Falklands: an old ship hat ran aground in the same bay were the JCR is docked. JCR_200_1_on_our_way_to_gypsy_coveThis is a beautiful area with large colony of Magellan penguins. These little guys actually live on beach were supposedly there still could be landmines left from the Falkland conflict. As a positive side effect this provides these penguins with a perfect sanctuary: nobody would ever dare to walk out on their beach. Anyhow I’ll let the picture speak for them selves.

 

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Today’s song: Setting Forth, Eddie Vedder

One day left before I’ll go north in order to go South. I must be honest in all the rush of submitting proposals and papers I haven’t had much time to think about the upcoming campaign. So this week was filled with packing and trying to find all the much needed equipment. Anyhow I should be ready to go now. Tomorrow I’ll be going to Cambridge (where the BAS is located). I will stay with some colleagues an we will all depart on Sunday. A flight will take us to the Falklands where we will board the RRS James Clark Ross. For me this is a new ship and a new group of people I’ll be working with on-board. So everything will be quite new and I’ll just have to go with the flow. Nevertheless I’ve already met some of the people on-board on various workshops and conferences. For the third time (out of four) I will be sharing my cabin with a German scientist, so that seems to become a tradition. Anyhow I hope I will be able to tell much more once we sail off.