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Waking up in the dark

31 May 2012, 08:36 UTC
Waking up in the dark
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The strangest feeling is waking up in the morning when its dark outside. You feel disorientated in time and place – even through the usual fog caused by hypoxia, it takes a few seconds longer to register where you are … Continue reading →

Credits: A. Kumar
The strangest feeling is waking up in the morning when its dark outside. You feel disorientated in time and place – even through the usual fog caused by hypoxia, it takes a few seconds longer to register where you are and more so, what time it is. I suppose this is how a bear feels when it digs its den and settles down to hibernate until spring.
Life quickly became concentrated in the base. Our master-chef Giorgio prepares breakfast, lunch and dinner at normal times keeping the station to a regular biorhythm of its own, but my saviour is my wrist watch. I bought it for only 8 euros and it has a light, alarm and stopwatch – everything you need. It has travelled with me on my wrist for almost 9 years, sailing through medical examinations, times zones, jungles, tents and even a war zone. It has outlived two pairs of walking ...

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