Another white Christmas..

In: Antarctica, Europe

Things are getting real.

On my last day working as a family doctor, I shipped my first bag the long way down. It’s been roughly 3 months since I posted ‘Another white Christmas..’ on my FB timeline.

It all started with a job offer I saw on the ESA (European Space Agency) website:

TEST SPACECRAFT PILOTING SKILLS – IN ANTARCTICA

 ESA is looking for a medical doctor to spend a year at the remote Concordia Antarctic station. Like a martian outpost can be imagined, you will be away for over a year and cut off from the rest of the world, living and working with 15 colleagues to conduct science in preparation for missions to the Red Planet.

 Temperatures can drop to –80°C, and the Sun disappears completely for four months at the French-Italian base in winter. Concordia sits on white Antarctic plateaus at 3200 m above sea-level, so its already extreme environment is compounded by a reduced air-pressure – even more for its inhabitants to deal with.

Hell yeah! I got the job! And now it’s getting real. This week I start with my first training to become the next ESA Research MD. It’s a time of firsts and lasts. A lot of firsts and more and more lasts, for now. Ill be back, January 2017!

Estimated time of departure: November 17!


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6 comments

  • Mieke L

    August 31, 2015 at 21:27

    Floris! Wat een fantastische trip, in alle opzichten. Ervaar en beleef. Ik benieuwd naar je belevenissen en ervaringen. Kom heelhuids terug en schiet mooie plaatjes! Mieke

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  • Robert van Eekelen

    September 1, 2015 at 08:32

    Hee Floris,
    So finally the preps for the big trip begins, you wil learn, experience and enjoy, on a complete different level, on a very special and different place, I wish you all the best, the best fun, the best adventure, the tension, all of it, but most of all to come back safe, and pass it on, i’ll will follow you blogs and stories on FB, can’t wait for youre next amazing story, i really envy you for making such a exciting trip, If anyone can make this to a succes it will be you, hope to hear from you soon, greetz Robert van Eekelen, Hap ambu-chauffeur Nijmegen

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  • Wanderlust Doc

    September 9, 2015 at 04:29

    Hi Robert, if only I needed a driver ;-). Thanx for your comment, it will be a special trip for sure. See you after my trip. Floris

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  • Trish Bednarczk

    September 9, 2015 at 03:33

    I read your post on the Old Antarctic Explorers Facebook page. Congratulations on the position. Will you be travelling through Dumont D’Urville Station or Terra Nova Bay?

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  • Wanderlust Doc

    September 9, 2015 at 04:25

    Hi Trish. I’ll fly from Christchurch to Dumont d’Urville station and from there to Concordia Station.

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