22 Oct 2018

Expedition To Emperor Penguins by Maureen

6/16

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I slept so much better last night. I still woke up a lot, but I was able to sleep deeply without worrying about sliding off the bed. I was woken up a few times by an ache in my leg — kind of like a Charlie horse feeling. I ate the banana I had grabbed the day before - maybe I just need some potassium. I also took a shower and that felt amazing. Today’s sea conditions are off to a good start. I missed breakfast, but was well enough to grab some hot chocolate from the lounge and I headed up to the auditorium for the mandatory orientation for our visit in Antarctica, explaining the procedure for riding in helicopters and visiting the penguin colony. After that, we had to go through bio security screening so that none of us are accidentally bringing seeds (like foxtails) into the Antarctic ecosystem via our backpacks or boots. All my gear was cleared.

Seems like everyone is doing much better today. However, because of the crappy sea conditions earlier, we’re behind schedule. We’re probably going to make it to the sea ice by late tonight/early tomorrow morning, then from there, we still have to make our way to the penguin colony area. So we still have time before we make any outings to the penguins.

Today was the first day I had lunch with the group. I attended some lectures after lunch. I sent an email to my family to let them know I’m alive. And while we’ve changed course a bit ago and things are a bit rollier again, I will try to make it down to dinner. I should at least stock up on my tea and cookies.

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So I managed to eat some soup and ginger ale, but as soon as I was done, I excused myself from my table and hurried upstairs to my cabin as I felt my seasickness coming over me. I reached my cabin in time, propped up the toilet seat, and then I did not get sick - phew!

I turned my bed into a little coffin again and listened to my podcasts to block out the wave action. Here’s to hoping for a better tomorrow.