2:59pm Friday 13th January 2012
First thing I had to walk across town to a briefing that took 2.5 hours. It was about Antarctica and the Antarctic treaty but then it moved onto the more serious stuff of safety, especially medical issues, a lot about frost bite, altitude sickness and sunburn. Not only is the sun very strong in Antarctica, but it bounces off the snow and can burn the underside of your nose and chin quite badly so that is something I have learnt today. Dehydration is also a big issue because the air down there is so dry as well as being very cold. My kit has now gone so I am left standing in the clothes that I shall wear in tomorrow and I will leave a small bag here in Punta for my return.
I am pretty restless now, want to get on, I am anxious but excited and hopefully tonight will be the last night in a proper bed for a few weeks.
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