Only two weeks to go until we leave Longyearbyen! Panic! The start date (29.3), time (12:45) and location (outside UNIS – The Arctic Gateway) has been set and now it’s up to us to get the show on the road. We’ve already got 3 of the 5 team members up here, as Lucas arrived early Monday morning for a week full of food preparations with Ulli and Kim. Still, we’re sooo helpful from all the help of our “slaves” (not sure who invented this term, but it wasn’t me!).
So what do we actually do? First of all, organising the food is a full-time job on its own. Thankfully the people at Svalbardbutikken, the local shop and our generous sponsor (Thanks and tusen takk!), prepared our order onto one pellet that we managed to drive to our temporary home on the seaside shore of Longyearbyen. Together with the parcels from Germany, Czech Republic, Sweden and France these make up the basis of our rations.
With all that work, there needs to be time for some fun as well. Like Saturday, with the famous “Baby Bullet” win and riding around in a “Beltmobil”, kind of like a tank-on-snow. Very fancy. There are also these quiet evenings that you can spend sewing on the patches, modifying the last pieces of equipment or simply relaxing (not much time for that though).