After finishing my Palmer Station winter contract, I traveled on the Laurence M. Gould back to Punta Arenas, Chile to begin my travels. This year I had a very quick turn around and only had about one month off before heading to McMurdo Station for a 10 month contract.
In south America I relaxed in Punta Arenas with some of my coworkers for a few days where we enjoyed the nice views and good food. From there I traveled by bus to Ushuaia, Argentina where I enjoyed hiking in the beautiful Tiera del Fuego National Park. From there I traveled to Buenos Aires for a week to relax and enjoy the city before meeting my friends in South Africa.
South Africa and Lesotho
In Johannesburg I met some of my friends two who are working for the US Foreign Service and another who joined us to travel. Together we rented a car to see Lesotho and to drive the beautiful Garden Route from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town. Once we reached Cape Town, we traveled by train back to Johannesburg where I flew home to prepare for my deployment to McMurdo.
My time off this year went quickly, but I had a wonderful time seeing my friends and experiencing new places. I am looking forward to working on my assignment at McMurdo this year, which is moving our existing data center to a new building!