Off to the Antarctic to catch some seals!

Trip Start May 25, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, March 24, 2006

Sometimes I feel like crying. It's that deep emotion that swells and fades, and for the most part it is buried away in its hidyhole. But recently it has been close to the surface.

Well what's a girl supposed to do when three groups of friends disappear overnight?

'So what?' I hear you say

So - A LOT. Who will I talk to now?

You know what I mean - that sense of being able to talk freely to people who won't judge and condem. To people who know if you moan it's a genuine gripe and not because you are an overall miserable bastard. To people who know you are going to go crazy the next time you go out and hear some great music but don't mind dancing next to you as you throw yourself around. To people who will give you a straight opinion on your latest ramblings on life, the universe, everything.

It seems so recent that I felt these emotions as I was leaving home, and now I have settled in, it's time to do it all again - except this time I am the one waving the adventurers goodbye.

Group 1: The Antarctic Crew, including my office mate and scientific sounding board
Reason: Fourteen months investigating elephant seals on Marion Island in the Antarctic
Validity: 100%. Can't complain. Fantastic research, harsh environment, hard work - all to do groundbreaking research on marine species. Definitely two thumbs up.
Times they will be missed: Coffee at 10am, when scientific discussion abounds alongside plans for merry-making.
Due back: May 2007
Upside: Cool to get e-mails from a southerly icy kingdom

Group 2: The Letaba Lady
Reason: Return to the UK
Validity: 100% Working on scientific projects and exhibitions at the Natural History Museum in London. Spreading the word of science. Good Stuff
Times she will be missed: Weekends when there is exploring to be done. Who else will put with my quest to find 'historic Pretoria'?
Due back: never / sometime - finger's crossed
Upside: I am the appreciative owner of new things, tupperware, cool box, caffetier and books, lots and lots of books.

Group 3: The Norwegian Cuckoos
Reason: Twelve months of sponsored research in Norway, investigating cuckoos and other cool species.
Validity: 100% A great opportunity - how do you get paid to be a researcher anyway? Please guys - let me know!
Due back: March 2007, although who knows where this may lead
Upside: These are the kind of folks you can meet in ten years, working on a project in the middle of nowhere, and feel like you last met yesterday.

So goodbye dear friends. I am jealous and envious of your adventure, even though I am sitting in the middle of mine. I'll be here when you get back, and by then, I'll probably have TB and be milking cows - worth coming back to see don't you think?

Until then, where did I put that Madame Butterfly CD........(sob)
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