Week 4 : Busy…Busy…Bee

3rd – 9th Jan 2014

This is my second week living at Signy Research Station, Signy Island or known as South Orkney Islands, Antarctica. My life here is quite busy but very organising. All of us work from 8.30am till 6pm on the week days referring to the working schedule suggested by base commander, Matt. However, I will need to have a very long working hours when comes to the penguin diet sampling day, which is once in every 5 days subjected to the weather. I usually depart to the sampling site, Gourlay around 11am to collect samples. By the time I’m back at the base would be about 9pm and then I need to do immediate lab work until 4am the next day. Well, despite hard work, we do have some nice games to play and a proper 3 course meal on every Saturday evening to release our stress.

The 9th Jan was special and exciting. All of us get up very early in the morning because a tourist ship named Bark Europa visited us. Mark and I were appointed as the sales person to serve tourists who came ashore.

Working schedule written by the base commander as a references for base members

Working schedule written by the base commander as a references for base members

My working bench throughout the season

Extracting samples DNA in a laminar flow chamber

One of the games on Saturday night: Dart

Tourists on the Bark Europa came ashore

Mark and I were the sales person in charge on tourists shopping

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