Blog

During, before, and after the field course, Polaris students and faculty share their thoughts through journal entries.

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Blog Posts

  • a room and a tree

    Last time I wrote, I was preparing to depart.  Now, more than a week later, we’ve not only arrived at our destination, but have also spent two full days becoming acquainted with the station.  Because others have written in the meantime, I shall focus on the latter—on the most recent activities here in Cherskiy, both on and off the barge.…
  • Updating the blog with pictures

    We are updating the student and faculty blog posts with new pitcures after many email pleas (read ‘demands’) from some of our readers.  Chris Linder is supplying some pictures on the fly even as he works on developing science stories and doing interviews all the members of the Polaris Project.…
  • Home Sweet Barge

    All aboard After 5 days of traveling we’ve finally reached our home. We took a small propeller plane to Cherskiy, which was a new sort of traveling experience for us – we piled our luggage in the front and secured it with nets.…
  • Just arrived

    Touchdown We’ve finally made it to the Northeast Science Station in Cherskiy. It’s 12:30 in the morning and the sun is still up. The landscape here is more amazing than I could have imagined. During the plane ride, I was able to look out my window onto a landscape unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.…
  • We made it! We made it! We mad…

    We made it! We made it! We made it! The Polaris Project has finally arrived in Cherskiy and we’re on the barge! /kf #fb
  • Sarah are you there?

    Yesterday, we attended the Siberian Children’s Art Exhibit in Yakutsk. We were lucky enough to see cultural dances performed be Yakutian children. They were adorable and eager to interact and pose for pictures. The artwork was amazing coming from art students as young as 8.…
  • Goodbye Meat Donuts

    Hello Moose (donuts?)! And we’re off to Cherskii. So far we’ve been exposed to quite a variety of food. Yesterday, in downtown Yakutsk, we solicited a delicious cafeteria that gave us a chance to try liver with mayo, spiced carrots with mushrooms, fried bread-pocketed meatballs, flaccid french-fries, chicken kabobs, raw salmon, and of course, meat donuts.…
  • Airport security and baggage check in Yakutsk! We are off to the NE Science Station

    Do it yourself baggage check The funny part about traveling as large group is that we are one dominating force in the airport. Overall things are going quite smoothly and we made it through the double security points (one for the small airport and one before check in), have checked in for our flight and are all excited to go to the NE Science Station in Cherskiy.…
  • Yakutsk art museum

    July 5th was a very unique and interesting day in Yakutsk. We attended the opening of a new exhibit at the Yakutsk Art Museum, an exhibit of the art of Siberian schoolchildren, mostly from Zhigansk, that Max Holmes and Kate Bulygina have put together.…
  • Great article in today’s Reno …

    Great article in today’s Reno Gazette-Journal featuring our very own Sudeep Chandra & Joanne Heslop! http://tiny.cc/uST3h
  • In the Yakutsk airport, waitin…

    In the Yakutsk airport, waiting to board our turboprop to Cherskiy!…
  • Waiting for our flight to Cher…

    Waiting for our flight to Cherskiy, amazed at the volume of our luggage! Happy, healthy & excited! /kf http://twitpic.com/9j0c2 #fb
  • From a coffee shop in the city…

    From a coffee shop in the city center of Yakutsk. Students looking at furs and maps with Wild Bill Sobczak. Last moment of peace. /js…
  • Yakutsk!

    Hello Everyone! We’re well on our way to Cherskiy, although not quite there yet. We’re in Yakutsk now, finally somewhat rested and ready for the day. We haven’t had the chance to really do any science yet and only briefly discussed what sort of work we’ll be doing in Cherskiy, but one thing that I’ve enjoyed is just looking out the window from our various planes.…
  • Cherskiy in Sight

    After a long few days of flying, sleeping, eating and getting to know the interesting people that encompass the Polaris group, I have found a few moments to reflect on my trip so far. My travels started in Boston, in which we experienced a delay in our flight due to a thunder storm.…
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