Just finished my overpriced breakfast because I opted for the buffet not realizing it was $21.00 simply because I couldn't figure out the conversion rate. Luckily, its paid for by our grant. Well, regardless the omelet (which I ordered in spanish solamente con queso, thank you senorita Baldwin/Raintree) was fantastic. The flight was actually not too bad, I slept for most of it only to be awakened by two meals and the occasional necessary shift in position. I met up with a few team members in Texas and many more headed to Antarctica in Santiago and on the plane. About fifteen people or so total are headed to Puntas Arenas to board the Gould and head to Palmer for various reasons. Some-like myself- are scientists, others are headed down for a week or a couple of months to test wastewater or work utilities on base. The Gould is outfitted for research so a small team are headed to Palmer just to turn around to conduct research from the ship. Most have been to Antarctica before and all of us are dawning the United States Antarctic Program Penguin luggage tags. We were ushered through customs/security by a man who Deneb says has been working with Raytheon since her very first trip to Antarctica in the late '80s.
More about the crew and pictures to come later. For now here's a shot of the sunrise over Santiago out my window.