The Boys are back in town!

It was a familiar sound and yet so unfamiliar, since we had not heard it in a few weeks. When we arrived at the edge of the shelf ice close to Pingi-Rampe a few days ago, we could finally hear the calls of the emperor penguins again. Furthermore, it was not just a single call. It was hundreds of calls, unison mixed into what many people describe as a cacophony. For me however, the trumpet like sounds made by the emperors are like music and I would rather describe them as a euphony of unique melodies, that we have missed for almost two months now. It is so great to have them back! 😀

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Constant Motion

Three weeks have passed since the last plane left and something like an everyday life at station has started to develop. It’s hard to imagine that the first month alone has almost passed. Everybody at station is getting used to fulfilling their daily routines and base operation as a whole is really smooth. So far we have been incredibly lucky with the weather, since we’ve had no major storms so far…

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Gates closed!

Winter is here – we are alone. The last plane has just left Neumayer two days ago and now the only people left at station are the winterers – nine people from AWI and three from the BBC. Our isolation has begun and now we cannot expect to get any on-site support from anyone but ourselves anymore.

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