So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodbye… and Adios
There’s a traditional song of the sea — “Leave Her Johnny” — that marks the end of a journey.
In it, the crew recounts all the hardships, long nights, difficult conditions, weather, and rough seas they endured as their home port comes into view. But though the hardships are soon behind them, they still find it difficult to say goodbye to the people they have known and the sites they have seen. And so it is with us as we near the end of the inaugural ACEAP adventure.
From Santiago and La Serena to Sierra Tololo and ALMA, we have had a wonderful time, built a new community, developed insights into astronomy and the lives of astronomers, found friendship and common goals, all while enduring extreme climates, long travels, very low oxygen, and missing our families and homes.
Near the end, however, it’s hard to say goodbye. So I’ll conclude with some pictures of the past 10 days, wishing everyone well and safe travels. May your home ports be welcoming. Fair winds, clear skies, and following seas.
Dedicated to Brian, Jim, Mike, Peter, Renae, Ryan, Sarah, Shannon, and Vivian.
Thanks to Tim, Mary, Peter, Stephen, Sergio, Juan, Ma. Antonieta, and Tania.
Special thanks to the U.S. National Science Foundation, whose generous grant made this possible. It was, by any measure, a success.