Our time on Jubany Station is almost over now - on Friday morning the leader of the base told us that we have to be ready for departure next Tuesday.
At that point we were far behind our schedule, due to a snow storm the days before. But then the Friday turned out to be the perfect day for finishing our sidescan sonar measurements and we did. After some problems at the beginning, we had the sun shining all day and a smooth sea, driving between large icebergs that were coming in from Bransfield Strait. The plan for the next day was to drive with the parametric echo sounder, but since the wind speed increased over night, we decided to do grab sampling instead. At the end of a long day, we took the last grab sample (# 136!) in a depth of 114 m below sea level.
Meanwhile, the base itself seems to wake up from its winter sleep. Last night we were celebrating a big party at the base, since some people from the overwintering crew will return to the continent with us and new overwinterers will arrive. This morning some people from the Korean station came by for a visit and a few minutes ago the “Castillo” , a ship from the Argentinian military, entered the bay, supplying the base with goods. This ship is also the one that will take us to Frei (the Chilenian airport on King George Island), where the Hercules is supposed to leave to the mainland on Friday.