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#845 Port Lockroy, Antarctica

Seal Brains recipe for those living in Antarctica.
One of the coolest museums I've ever been to was extraordinary not because of what was in it, but where it was -- it was in Antarctica! With the cans of food, girly posters on the walls, the old wooden stove, and the recipe book open to 'Seal Brains on Toast' it was intended to be a glimpse of the past when the station was manned permanently (now it has 4 volunteers living there for the summer season only). It has a copy of the sleds used to cross to the South Pole out in front and even a gift shop and post office. The volunteers do not leave the island and have no boats (I want that job!) and the house was painstakingly restored to represent life as it was. 

Using for whaling in the early part of the 20th century, a whale skeleton's ribs dot the landscape of a nearby island. It was a British base through World War II and remained as a research station until 1962, even enjoying visits from the royal family. It lies on tiny Goudier Island, near Wiencke Island in the Palmer Archipeligo north of the Antarctic circle near the Antarctic Peninsula. One of the most amazing things in the museum that I remember seeing was the story of a tsunami that hit, when the residents went onto the roof after the bay was sucked dry! Can you imagine being in a place like that when there's an event like that!

The best thing of all, though, was the penguins that have made the island their territory and their little pathways and constant noise and smell meant it was truly a home. 
 
Because they are a charity supported by the British Antarctic Trust perhaps you would like to donate here.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_Lockroy
http://www.antarctica.ac.uk/living_and_working/virtual/travel/lockroy.php

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