At this moment I'm sitting in an internet cafe, the internet connection should be better.
Around 9pm we should receive the information on if we can fly tonight.
I hope we can... It's a bit strange feeling here, because we have more or less a touristy programme instead of our Antarctic work.
We had to put a maximum of material in the big flightbag that was already put in the Ilyuschin76TD. So, even if we would like to work a bit, it is difficult.
We are now enjoying the pretty setting of CapeTown, the hospitality of the people here and the many attractions the Western Cape province offers. We are a group of 7 (myself included) scientists (Beldiva, Hydrant, Belatmos), 2 experts for the electronics, 1 solar panel specialist, 4 artists, 1 person from International Polar Foundation, and a expert for water treatment.
We had already some highlights seeing penguins, Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope. It was very exciting having only ocean in front of you and behind that is Antarctica...
Today we would like to go up to the Table Mountain.
This sounds like a very touristy, not scientific trip. But that's how it is - if there's bad weather in Antarctica: everything is messed up.
I'll see if I can send something this evening as soon as we know more exactly
what is going on.