Almost famous

We’ve hit the big time now! The Vanguard, the Portland State University newspaper, featured a story on the school’s Antarctic researchers, myself included. I guess the article was published 2 weeks ago, but we are a little behind the times down here.


Being back in McMurdo is like being in a strange Purgatory. The exhaustion of coming out of the field has hit me (even though this season was much less exhausting than last). Taking a hot shower, wearing clean clothes, and sleeping on a bed really bring out the tired in ya. What is strange about McMurdo is passing through. I am only here 3 days (hopefully). I have some administrative stuff to do like returning gear (which I have largely finished already) and that’s about it. There is so much going on here – people to talk to, science lectures to attend, live music to hear, cosmic bowling to be bowled – that I feel like the country mouse coming to the big city for the first time. However being here for such a short time, it seems hardly worth it to inject myself into town life. So instead I am trying to reflect on the season, avoid catching a cold from the germy masses, finish a book, and slowly decrease my caloric intake. So being here isn’t as nice as being in the field or being in New Zealand, but with the right attitude, it can be an enjoyable stop en route. Oh – and having a bedroom with a window helps.

One Response to “Almost famous”

  1. Dad & Mom says:

    Welcome back to civilization, Matt. Nice article. We just saw your pictures from Beacon Valley and they were amazing!