A once in a lifetime experience

Last night’s sleep was terrible. With the wind constantly blowing at 60 knots or even more (that’s roughly 120km/h) the entire station is shaking like an airplane during mild turbulence and a lot of things are rattling and squeaking and you can hear the howling wind through the ventilation system. It’s way too loud in order to get a good night’s sleep, so this morning I woke up even more tired than I was before I went to bed. It’s been stormy for a couple of days now and as far as our forecast says, it will continue to be stormy for at least another four days. It’s days/weeks like this when station life really feels like the movie groundhog day. Every day is more or less the same and there are no great experiences from the colony that could spice life up, since we can’t get outside.

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The end of polar night and first light

First of all I need to apologize for not posting here in a long while. Ever since the Sun came back on July 21st we have been beyond busy filming the colony as well as some distant icebergs and our work days have been incredibly long. The few days we took off in-between were reserved for resting and not blog-writing – I hope you understand ;). Now, with the weather being bad for a couple of days, I finally get the chance to catch up with some of your messages and also with writing a short piece for the blog again.

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Moonlight shadow

It seems like just a few days ago when I was telling you, that polar night has started and that we would not be seeing the Sun for eight weeks. Now, we are only a little less than a week away from our first sunrise. Around July 21st, if the weather permits, we will finally be able to see our shadows on the sea ice again and hopefully, also be able to soak up those first rays of light. We’re really looking forward to that.

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