All good things must come to an end. After spending the last two and a half months traveling around the world, I arrived back at the South Pole today. I immensely enjoyed my time off. The trip took me around the world with scuba diving stops in Fiji and the Philippines, a family visit in Germany and a couple of days of shopping in Hong Kong.
It was a very smooth ride to the Pole. Leaving Christchurch on a C-17 for McMurdo and jumping on an LC-130 the next day for the trip to the Pole. No delays at all, just enough time in McMurdo to catch up with some friends.
All is well at the Pole. Summer-over Yuki and the other BICEP collaborators have taken good care of BICEP and we are ready for our third observing season. Quite a few changes around the Station, most notably the siding has gone up around large parts of the New Station. I’ll report on the summer construction activity later.
For now I am just happy to be back and I’ll call it a night.