Son of Polestock

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

Time just flies and we already reached the winter solstice. The solstice marks mid-winter, which is a very special day in Antarctica. From now on the sun will be winding its way back up and we should see some light from below the horizon in August. This is our very own Antarctic holiday and Antarctic Stations use the occasion to exchange greetings with each other.

We had a big formal dinner on Friday night. Formal means anything other the blue boots or bunny boots. Some folks managed to wear a suit, some of us managed a clean t-shirt, and some of us didn’t manage to show up. Those of us who did were treated to a great multi-course meal. I had to go to work after dinner and by the time I got back the Station was all quiet. I think most people crashed early to safe some energy for Saturday night.

Son Of Polestock 2008

Saturday we had another eclectic mix of bands playing at the “Son of Polestock” festival in the Gym. I had to work and I was only there for the beginning and the end, but I could listen to the middle part via our live Internet stream. Once I got back I had a few beers and it was a really good party. I think I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves:

Mike and Siah


More Mid-Winter Greetings

Saturday, June 23rd, 2007

A few more greetings came in over the last couple of days:

Mid-Winter Greetings
Commandante Ferraz Durmont d'Urville Black Island
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Mid-Winter Greetings

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

Time sure flies! I haven’t even put up my sunset posting and it is already Mid-Winter.

It is a longstanding tradition that the Antarctic stations send each other some Mid-Winter greetings. So, over the last few days they have been trickling in.

Mid-Winter Greetings
Mawson Halley Davis
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I think the prize for the most poetic one goes to the Uruguayans. Here is what they wrote:

The Antarkos 23 Crew of Artigas Scientific Base in Antarctica, has the pleasure to greet you in this Solstice of winter.

We hoped, that like in our base, the bows of union, solidarity and the Antarctic confraternity prioritize on the differences and in this moment of meditation it could be good time to extract the purest feelings existing in our hearts.

Taking advantage on the occasion, we invited all of you to approach to our base, the night of the Mid Winter on June 21st, 2007, where we will make a toast by the solstice and a ceremony of “reception” for the novices who for the first time feel in their skin the rigor of the Antarctic Winter.


Happy Solstice day

Happy Antarctica Confraternity Day

Happy Mid-Winter Day


Lt Col Waldemar Fontes
Artigas Antarctic Scientific Base Cdr

Uruguayan Antarctic Institute

King George Island – South Shetland – Antarctica