Here is the 2012 Antarctic Research team posing in front of a whale statue at the National Science Foundation's base in Punta Arenas, Chile.
L: Dr. Dave Denlinger, Dr. Richard E. Lee,Jr., Natalie Harr, Dr. Shin Goto.
While there, we were issued all of our cold weather gear to protect us on our Antarctic expedition. Here I am trying it all on to make sure it fits!
Brrrr! It's Chilly in Chile!
Since Punta Arenas is in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are opposite here. You may have noticed that we are wearing heavy coats. "Chile" is quite "chilly" in the summer, often with high winds. They were unseasonably strong the day we were there. Watch us above almost get blown away!
We had a few hours to tour the city. It is helpful to be bilingual in Chile. Do you know what two languages most Chileans speak?
Thank You Buckeye! We are Bilingual!
A backwards glance... We skyped with Mrs. Soos's high school Spanish class each Wednesday before I left for my trip. They helped my students and I learn important vocabulary to be bilingual! Did I mention that Mrs. Soos is my wonderful, incredible, amazing sister too? She teaches Spanish at Buckeye Local High School in Rayland, OH.
Watch us skype with Mrs. Soos's class. Here we are learning to say the days of the week in Spanish.
Giving Back to my Hometown
During NEOEA weekend in October, I visited Buckeye Local High School and gave a presentation about the Antarctica Connection to the students. I graduated from Buckeye in 2000, and I was proud to share this experience with the upcoming graduates and my former teachers. Thank you for all your support of this project!