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Sleepless in the South

3 Feb 2016, 13:34 UTC
Sleepless in the South
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Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA-F. van den Berg
ESA-sponsored medical doctor Floris van den Berg recounts his first first weeks in Concordia, from his personal blog:
Breakfast with 57 people, a little static spark almost every time I touch a doorknob, Ski-doo training, being out of breath after walking up only two stairs, a frozen moustache, all weird experiences that I never expected to have and I’m just two weeks into living in this crazy white world.
How did I end up here? Destiny? Fate? Or was it simply the last Basler plane that brought me here from Mario Zuchelli station?
As my first nights of six hours of sleep finally arrive, after so many sleepless nights as my body slowly adapted to the hypoxia, it’s now time for my mind to start adjusting as well. There is a lot to take in and get used in this new environment. To start there is a set daily routine, I don’t think I’ve ever had so much structure in my life! From 7 to 8 am it’s breakfast time, lunch is served at noon and the end of my working day is set with dinner at 7 pm. The structure is all for good ...

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