August 19, 2010

                Kuujjuaq Airport
Expedition Update: 4:21 pm

Good afternoon! Thanks to a flight change in Kuujjuaq this morning -- our team of weary, but very happy expeditioners touched down at the Ottawa Airport this afternoon - 2 hrs. ahead of schedule! They are presently en route to Carleton University residence Prescott House - where many will be staying this evening, before boarding planes, trains and automobiles throughout the day tomorrow to whisk them home. Others of course began their journeys home from Kuujjuaq today, and others are being greeted by family and friends at the university this evening!

All are well and happy!

Expedition Update: 8:30 am

Good morning! Our team arrived in Kuujjuaq early this morning and after bidding farewell to staff and crew, embarked on one last zodiac trip! They were met by our Kuujjuaq friends and will be escorted to the airport to board their 11:00 am First Air charter flight to Ottawa.

Last night the team had a big, fun and long-lasting final celebration on board the Lyubov Orlova! There was an official Captain's Dinner - where students had a chance to thank the ship's Captain, his officers and crew. And afterwards, there were many presentations, slide shows, skits, a great deal of dancing, laughing (some crying), and of course a little packing, as the ship sailed across Ungava Bay, en route for Kuujjuaq. Many students spent time in the evening out on deck watching the sea go by.

While in Kuujjuaq this morning, our team will bid farewell to many of our northern students and staff who will begin their journeys home to their respective communities. Already students are busily making plans to stay in touch with one another when they arrive home to their communities.

The plane will arrive in Ottawa just after lunch today. They will be met by many friends and supporters, and will then board buses for Carleton University. All throughout today, tonight and tomorrow, students will be shuttled to the airport, train and bus terminals to begin their journeys home.

We expect, too, to receive yesterday's journals and photos later today, and will post them accordingly.

As the days proceed, and we gather more first-hand information about the expedition, please re-visit our Expedition Site and visit the Post Journey Updates page for further information. We will also have many more photos and videos to post over the coming week.

Stay tuned for further updates as they arrive!

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