I arrived back at the Pole last Friday. There was the usual day of acclimation, where I just felt tired and lethargic all evening. Luckily I adapted pretty quickly, and I felt about a million times better the next day. This place has changed quite a bit since the last time. The most significant change is that we’ll be living and eating in the new station. I’ve got a room with a window reserved, and I’ll move in to that after the station closes for good on Sunday. Right now I’m spending time relearning the systems, and figuring out what’s changed since I was here last. I think it’s going to be a good winter with a great crew, and I’m really looking forward to getting the summer people out of here. My biggest challenge in the next few days is going to be learning the winter over names, and of course that’ll be much easier when I don’t have to first figure out if the person I’m talking to is a summer or winter person.