So I leave LAX on monday (the 9th) at 10:30 pm and arrive in Sydney, Australia at 9 am on the 11th. A nice leisurely 15 hour flight. I then leave from Sydney to Christchurch, New Zealand, where I'm pretty sure I'll be greeted by at least one of the Chonchords. Maybe Murray. From there, I have 2 days before I leave for antarctica. For starters, I have to get my Extreme Cold Weather (ECW) gear. I'm pretty sure it's sponsored by mountain dew. I have to get my computer checked for viruses/decepticons, and my arm poked with swine flu. I have one major goal in NZ: get drunk with kiwi's and listen to their funny accents. Insert obligatory Lord of the Rings comment here.
From NZ, I should be taking a C-17 to McMurdo station on the coast of antarctica, where I will be staying for the night. I'll then take an LC-130 giant prop cargo plane to the South Pole. This thing takes off and lands on ski's. And it's huge. From there, I'll be staying at the South Pole station for the next 4+ weeks, putting the telescope together.