DIARIES of Antarctic Biennale
MARCH, 19 (Part I)
Location: Drake Passage
Latitude: 60°20' S
Longitude: 66°20' W
Miles Sailed: 400 Nautical Miles
Next Point: Antarctic Circle
Air / Water Temperature: 5°C / 3°C
Another 300 miles, and we're still dancing the Drake Passage shake. It's getting colder which means that soon Antarctic shores will appear on the horizon. The day starts with morning yoga at 7 am for those who are up with the lark. Feels so good to warm up properly and relieve tension throughout the body! A bit of stretching - and we're ready for a brand new day.
After hearty breakfast there is Outdoor Gear and Boot Fitting session for everyone, then comes mandatory briefing by our inspiring leader Alexander Ponomarev, as enthusiastic as always, who talks about the pristine environment of Antarctica. To protect it, the Antarctic Treaty was signed in 1959, entered into force in 1961 and has since been acceded to by many nations. In fact, the continent belongs to nobody, and only here we have been freed from cash, credit cards, wifi, nationalism. Today 60 signatory countries all believe to preserve it, “for peace, science, and now art.” Protecting the beauty of Antarctica means following strict rules: - Taking rocks, feathers, bones, earth is only allowed by permit from your home government. - No smoking ashore. - No rest stations. - Writing your name in the snow is not allowed either!
To sum up, it's all about leaving no trace behind. Well, at least, strolling around is permitted - and there's hardly anything else we wish for! <to be continued>
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