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Penguins Count in Antarctica: Newlyweds Five Months Ago Solo Honeymoon


6,000 people wanted the jobs, four got the job: Now they will look after one of the most remote post offices in the world and a souvenir shop for five months.

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Many penguins and few humans live on Goudier Island west of the Antarctic Peninsula

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Wanted: People who want to run one of the most remote post offices in the world, sell souvenirs and count Gentoo penguins for five months in the freezing cold and almost uninterrupted daylight.

Offered: accommodation where no one has lived for years, where there is neither electricity nor running water, but bunk beds.

At first glance, it doesn't read like a dream job.

Apparently 6,000 people in the UK saw things differently - that's how many applied for the four jobs the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust has advertised at Port Lockroy on Goudier Island in Antarctica.

Among the four chosen by the British charity is newlywed Natalie Corbett, who normally runs a pet supplies shop in Hampshire, the Guardian reports.

She described her upcoming stay on Goudier Island as a "solo honeymoon," according to the report.

Corbett's job in Port Lockroy: running the gift shop.

Her three colleagues are active in research and will be responsible, among other things, for monitoring the colony of 1,500 gentoo penguins and taking care of the dispatch of the approximately 80,000 postcards that are usually sent from the island to the world every year will.

"I'm most looking forward to stepping onto the island and taking in the cacophony and pungent smell of the penguins, the backdrop of the glaciers and the Fief Mountains, and being able to call it home for the next few months," said the 23 -year-old Clare Ballantyne, according to the report, before her adventure in Antarctica.

The former British military base on the Antarctic island of Goudier Island has been a museum since 2006 and is also one of the most remote post offices in the world.

It is the first time Port Lockroy has reopened its doors since the outbreak of the pandemic.

According to a BBC report, around 18,000 visitors came to the remote location every year.


Source: spiegel

All tech articles on 2022-10-04

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