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Return to sunlight

12 Aug 2013, 18:00 UTC
Return to sunlight
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Antonio Litterio describes the emotion of seeing the Sun rise again after months of darkness in the Antarctic:
Dear friends,
Here I am once again to share with you another really important event in my life here at Concordia. As ever, I’ve included a few photos and when you read this entry, I recommend you listen to “Figlia del cielo” [Daughter of the Sky], which has four breaks corresponding to my four sections.
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It’s 11:10 on the morning of 10 August 2013, and the eastern skies are clear and radiant. I’m surrounded by diffuse light, azure blue in front of me, dark blue behind. There’s still no trace of you but all this anxious waiting is about to come to an end. Slowly, on the snow, I see the first signs of you as a band of fiery red light brushes every single ripple of snow between me and the horizon. I watch the light spread. As it approaches me, it broadens like a wide embrace; I look up and there you are, in a blaze of light. I’m incredibly happy. I lose myself for a moment: I only have eyes for you, I immerse myself in you ...

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