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Arrived at Rothera

Hello everyone, Pearl here. I have arrived in Antarctica!!

I flew down here a week ago, on a plane, as sadly my wings are only good for swimming. In fact it was 4 different aeroplanes, the last one was very small and a bit bumpy, but I was very brave.

Rothera is beautiful. It is still covered in snow, but some of this will melt soon. There is sea, mountains and sea ice which has trapped some small icebergs. This will melt soon too.

The mountains, sea and trapped icebergs at Rothera.

The mountains, sea and trapped icebergs at Rothera.

Looking at the view out of my bedroom window. The Dash plane, which I flew in on, is landing.

Looking at the view out of my bedroom window. The Dash plane, which I flew in on, is landing.

This first week has been settling in and learning lots of new things. I have found my way around the base, learnt what everyone does here and made lots of new friends.

Me with Sam the electrician. He is also holding Pow the Penguin, who was sent here by some children in Canada.

Me with Sam the electrician. He is also holding Pow the Penguin, who was sent here by some children in Canada.

At the moment there are a few flying birds around, but not much other wildlife, it will all be heading here soon as the summer progresses and the ice melts.

This month we were very lucky, the first Antarctic penguin I have met is Ellie the Emperor Penguin. Yes, the biggest penguin in the world, and most would say the most amazing. They are also the rarest type of penguin we can see here at Rothera; there hasn’t been one here for several years. They usually hang around in big colonies but Ellie is a bit lost. She spent a day wandering up and down the runway here, occasionally shouting out to try and find her friends. She saw me and asked for directions, I wish I could have helped her.

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For the next few weeks I will be finding my feet and doing lots of training on how to survive in Antarctica. I will try and write my blog about once a month with updates and information about Antarctica and everyone living out here. Bryony and I haven’t stopped smiling since we arrived. If you have any questions please ask your teacher to email Bryony.  Please follow Pearl on Twitter to get updates on when the site is updated!  @pearlthepenguin

Bryony grinning at the top of a hill with Rothera station in the background.

Bryony grinning at the top of a hill with Rothera station in the background.