It isn’t everyday that I get to eat sushi. Then again, I suppose it isn’t everyday that I get to snowmachine across the Greenland Ice Sheet. And if you have to know, it isn’t every day that I get to experience the wondrous scientific joys of NEEM, the Danish ice core camp on the Greenland Ice Sheet. Today, these items collided in one deliciously decadent day!
We arrived at NEEM just in time for dinner last night. Pizza, which is always a hit, served to remind us of the little pleasures in life (like pizza).
Today was going to be a light day filled with us doing some science (mostly data backup that was happily and necessarily avoided last night) and helping the traverse with some cargo deck re-arranging. Additionally, we got to tour around the NEEM facilities, admiring their drill trench and underground core processing line (CPL). Vas Gkinis pointed out some of the interesting CFA (continuous flow analysis) labs … Sepp ran us through some of the various ways he looks at physical properties … Gary and Frank (USGS) showed us how their borehole temperature logger works (very cool, by the way) … Darcy and Andrew explained as much as they could about the Hans-Tausen drill while they were between runs … it was a geeky glaciologist’s dream.
But what about the eater in me? You know, the part of my person, dare I say soul, that craves the creative cuisine typically missing from the ice sheet? Well … my time on the ice has perpetually been punctuated with phenomenal culinary performances, and tonight’s dinner was no exception! Sarah (NEEM’s cook) as well as her two trusty helpers today, Darcy and Andrew of aforementioned driller fame, whipped up some delicious sushi! … and spring rolls (with homemade dipping sauce) and seaweed salad and seared tuna. Well, words can only go so far … pictured below are helpings one AND two! Yum!
And that’s not all … today marked the 4th-to-last day before Robin’s birthday! You can’t go birthday’ing without a birthday cake, and again Sarah delivered with a baker’s buttery smoothness!
Thanks, NEEM, for a wonderful ~36 hours … it has been delightful, from meeting new faces to reuniting with old ones … Cheers!