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Enter the Brave

10 Jan 2014, 11:12 UTC
Enter the Brave
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Next stop in my autumn sojourns was Brest, or to be precise, a place close-by called Plouzane. The headquarters of the French Polar Institute “Paul-Emile Victor” (IPEV) are located here and our training for the upcoming experience was about to … Continue reading →

Gathering at IPEV for training. Credits: IPEV/PNRA/ESA-A. Golemis
Next stop in my autumn sojourns was Brest, or to be precise, a place close-by called Plouzane. The headquarters of the French Polar Institute “Paul-Emile Victor” (IPEV) are located here and our training for the upcoming experience was about to begin. It was in Brest that I first met my winter comrades, or at least ‘the French connection’: Olivier, Cecile, Pierre, and Julien. Xavier and Bruno would join us later.
Brest scenery. Credits: IPEV/PNRA/ESA-A. Golemis
We spent a week in a complex of small summer bungalows, which was quite a funny experience. We were not alone, in fact every French polar explorer that would journey to the Arctic, Antarctic, or Subantarctic in the next months was there! We dined every night in a restaurant nearby, crossing the picturesque lanes of Plouzane, to listen to anecdotes from people who had ventured to the poles before, share stories from people ...

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