Antarctic expedition takes students on ‘magical’ journey to the bottom of the world

It was really “magical”!

Montreal Gazette

It was a balmy –15 C off the coast of Antarctica on Thursday as Sabrina Clarke and Arianne Durand-Guévin prepared to don heavy outerwear and jump into a Zodiac boat headed for shore.

The two Montrealers have spent much of this week exploring a harsh and starkly beautiful landscape that few humans will set foot on in their lifetimes. The experience has already had a profound impact.

“It’s really hard to sum up the last two or three days in a few short sentences,” Clarke, 20, told the Montreal Gazette via satellite phone. “It’s been absolutely incredible. The Antarctic Peninsula is so grand. It’s huge and very awe-inspiring. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before, even though I grew up around mountains and glaciers in the Yukon.”

Durand-Guévin, a high school student from LaSalle, agreed.

“The temperature has been magnificent, we really couldn’t ask for better,” she said. “Yesterday was our first time disembarking on the continent…

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About DrAbella

Originally from Barcelona where I studied Biochemistry and did a PhD on Diabetes. Moved to France to continue medical research on cancer for a Post-doc. Something was missing and decided to try a year of full-time teaching. Starting my 10th year now, 10 years internationally and loving it.
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