Tuesday, February 06, 2007
I'm over whelmed and it's amazing, can't believe I'm here. The flight was quicker than expected at four and a half hours and I have never appreciated ear plugs so much. I did not see anything on the way as we had some American V.I.P military on board and they got to visit the cockpit for photo's, but I wasn't worried as I managed to sleep.
I stepped carefully off the plane as the boots are so big they take a bit of getting used too. But then I looked up and could not believe I was actually here, and then my ears felt it - quick get on the bus...
My head is spinning as there is so much to take in with the hand over from Robert and Al. Meetings fill the gaps between visits to the containers that hold the artifacts and materials and also the purpose-built labs that started life as containers. A bit like Rhy's Mo-Bars, only different.
We started preparatory work today and viewing selected items made it all real for me and surreal at the same time, as the view from the lab window is the Ross Sea ice shelf all crinkling up against the coast of volcanic rock because of the tide and currents, still too soft to venture out on. And what look like mouse droppings are actually Wardell seals lying about at the ice shelf edge.
I also have to accept that I'm not feeling the best which is very common. It takes about three days to adjust to the dry conditions and it is like having the flu, so I hope it passes quickly. Going outside helps, which is really great fun (it's about -5 today).