Some luxuries again!
I made it back to McMurdo Station and the first thing I did was shower and do laundry! The water had been under maintenance at the South Pole before I left so I was happy to be clean again.
Then I went to the coffee house and had a LATTE. Oh my goodness I didn't know how much I had missed espresso and real milk! (We only drink dehydrated milk at the South Pole.)
I kept myself busy hiking around the station. I forgot what hills were after staring at the white expanse for a while. Thanks to living at altitude for 3 weeks I feel like I am in the best shape ever and basically sprinted up Ob Hill. (Okay it was fast walk but still.)
Tour of the PolarStern
The icebreaker was still docked for one more day so I was able to tour it! It was so cool to see. It reminded me a lot of the South Pole with everything you need in one place. They even turned the old helicopter hanger into a gymnasium/movie night area.
Power Plant and Water Plant
Shoutout to Aram the Amazing (the paramedic who RAT tested us) for telling literally all of McMurdo about what I was doing. When I got back, his friends Ivan and Tom showed me around the Power Plant and Water Desalination Plant. It was SO cool to see!
I found Bill!
It was also fun to reconnect to all the people I met in New Zealand who were still in McMurdo Station - like Bill and his team! We hung out for a while and I finally got to see the inside of all these buildings, since I wasn't allowed previously while in isolation.
Tune in TOMORROW to watch Bill Henske's live event about his team's research in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica!
Back to New Zealand/the Real World
I am now landed in New Zealand back in the real world. :( I will keep you updated on my next set of adventures!