8 am - Siobhan leaves Exeter with 600 bottle sample caps, two meters of copper piping and lots of heavy weather gear.
12 noon - The team meets up in Heathrow airport. Some new faces for everyone alongside happy reunions from previous cruises.
9.30 pm Madrid airport
|Some of the gang, bleary eyed but excited in Madrid airport.|
From left to right: Mike, Heather, Kim, Ewa, Ollie, Andrew, Katy and Siobhan
Midnight - Madrid. Most of the DIMES crew depart, but poor Heather and Katy's flight is delayed. Will they make it in time for the connection in Santiago?
2 pm Santiago airport. After a rigorous examination of popcorn and science equipment at customs most of the clan soaked in some Chilean sunshine outside the airport, whilst nervously checking watches in the hope that Katy and Heather would arrive in time…but they made it. The flight provided some amazing views of the Andes with snowy peaks, volcanoes, glaciers and lakes. Have a look at Heather’s photographs below!
9 pm – Land in Punta Arenas where Mike M and Brian were there to welcome us. Time to settle into our hotel before a science meeting (no rest for the wicked) and some much needed dinner!