Well, I’m back in my frozen paradise after what seems like a four month holiday. What’s it like to be back? That seems to be the most popular question from back home. It’s great to be honest, I didn’t really doubt that until a day or so after I got back – “wait, I might have done my time here, this might not be fun anymore!” But that only lasted a few seconds. Honestly, I feel I have the near perfect job and on top of that it’s on possibly the most beautiful island in the world…what more could I ask for!?
The Journey back started with a seven hour drive from Edinburgh to RAF Brize Norton. I picked up Lewis (new fisheries scientist) just north of the England/Scotland border before meandering our way south, via various service station coffee shops.
If you’re on Facebook you might be familiar with Humans Of New York (HONY), where a guy basically goes round NY, chats to people and then puts a photo along with some text from his encounters. I’m going to do something similar this year when I can. So here is Ray (electrician) to get us started…
A few before and after shots of the food store. This is one half of the dry food store taken from each end, the frozen and refrigerated rooms are pretty much the same size as this one.
That is a monster post! I think I’ve set the bar quite high for the next eight months or so.
This time next month we will have said goodbye to the previous winterers and hello to some other summer visitors. I’m heading towards my third Christmas and new year on South Georgia in a row. I shall wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year now!
You might have heard about a British man from a tourist ship being bitten by a fur seal recently at Salisbury Plain on South Georgia – it made national news in the UK. My understanding is it caught one of his arteries while he was lying down taking a picture…male fur seals are fiercely territorial at this time of year – breading season. I’ve also heard there were two doctors on board, and by sheer good luck one of them was an arterial specialist! So he was in good hands early on, I’ve not heard any more since the ship left SG.
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