Welcome! My name is Masha, I am one of the scientists in the Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition (ACE) on board an icebreaker Akademik Tryoshnikov. Our science project focuses on investigating sources of the recent freshening of the Southern Ocean. As such, we study both atmosphere and ocean. I am also following in the footsteps of my grandfather, Vitaly, who was a scientist with the Fifth Soviet Antarctic Expedition (5th SAE) back in 1959-1961.
This blog reflects my personal experiences.
Saturday, March 18, 2017
The end is near!
We almost made it! Actually we are almost in Cape Town already, but we only ordered a pilot for 4am tomorrow, so we are hanging out in the summer tropical sea. If I haven't been so busy wrapping up, writing reports, packing and such - I would have even enjoyed it.
I feel like my head is spinning by the amount of logistical information I am trying to retain. I hope it won't explode. Our project alone has a complicated shipment to four different countries. I have been re-shuffling boxes for quite a few days and the end is nowhere near. But it is. The end of our cruise is tomorrow and I need to make sure I pack everything. I have been recruiting less busy people for help, but there's only that much one can outsource. Anyway, I believe I will get over that. And maybe even have time to pack my own bags... One can dream, right?
I should probably wrap up with post not to scare off too many readers. So here's a picture for you - a map of our ship's journey from Bremerhaven to Cape Town and then around Antarctica. We almost made it!!!! Yahoo!
I joined in Cape Town and I have been on the ship for god knows how long - a third of a calendar ;)
I will hopefully have reception soon. I'm planning to revive my South African sim-card, get data and be reachable. This is going to be rather weird. We had fairly reliable reception in the past few days and I even managed to login to Facebook and see some of the comments. Thank you for them! Although I have to admit - it is weird to be connected. Let's see I go...