we head back west to hit another transect. Because we are headed back west
we crossed the dateline for the second time and, therefore, we repeated
March 17 or St Patrick's day. Not only do we have a day off but we have
been privileged with a beautiful scenery of ice, a sunny day with blue
skies (but really, really cold!) and many sightings of penguins. I just
looked out the window and, hello, there's a penguin. I also just enjoyed a
session of yoga with 5 other fellow scientists. Moreover, tonight is
'Chick flick night' where we are going to watch 'Sex in the City' episodes.
Days like these are good opportunities to socialize with your fellow
scientists. I know most days I am so wrapped up in sampling that I don't
take the time to really talk to others. You cannot make a ship an island,
meaning it is difficult to stay sane if you isolate yourself from others on
a research vessel. It can become very lonely and depressing. So, on such
days as these, take the time to get to know one another!
I am attaching a couple of photographs of penguins and a view of our bright
and sunny day!