Concordia DC9 crewmember Antonio Litterio wrote a last blog entry before 'returning to Earth' after spending over a year at the Antarctic research station Concordia. Antonio recommends you listen to 'Wild Sea' by Roberto Cacciapaglia as you read his epilogue.
Antonio. Credits: IPEV/PNRA-A. Litterio
Here we are, it is time to write an ending to my story and close a chapter of my life, a unique, challenging, and important chapter. In less than three hours a small plane will take me away from what has been my home for thirteen months. This moment seemed as if it would never arrive but finally the day has come. I will leave the pure white, cold Antarctica to return to civilisation, chaos and my loved ones.
I had chased after my Antarctic experience with heart and soul for so long. Years passed of dreaming about Antarctica, to discover its many secrets asked in thousands of questions by my predecessors. Then my opportunity came, my experience tangible, but passing in a blink of an eye. And now it is goodbye forever.
Tears are wetting every letter as I write this, I feel my chest being torn ...