Dr. Nadja Albertsen is the ESA-sponsored medical doctor spending 12 months at Concordia research station in Antarctica. She facilitates a number of experiments on the effects of isolation, light deprivation, and extreme temperatures on the human body and mind. In the following post, Nadja walks us through a day in the life of Concordia.
The supermarket – here you can find hidden treasures again and again, with a lot of luck only expired a few years ago (but everything still edible). Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA–C. Possnig
Boxes of tea and 5-liter buckets of mustard stacked from floor to ceiling in several rows threaten to topple over. Flasks of tabasco and soy sauce standing close to the edge of the shelf tilt dangerously when I move things around. I am in the process of making inventory lists for the food stock.
My immediate joy in being able to make lists (I love to make lists) has gradually been replaced by equal parts amazement, amusement and frustration. There are huge amounts of food. 1220 boxes of tea. 230 litres of concentrated pear juice. 39 litres of balsamic vinegar. 83 kg of mustard. I dare not share the amount of salt biscuits, butter and cream ...