Student of Architecture at St. Luc in Brussels, Joffrey Birti was bitten by the bug some years ago, when the he first heard of the project to build the first zero emissions research station in Antarctica. He insists that it was in 2004, when he was a mere 21 years old. A television programme set him off on the track, and he spent six fruitless months trying to find a way of being accepted onto the project if only to observe. Finally, he had his breakthrough and has been assiduously been present whenever he could at the meetings with architects and other counsellors and experts, brimming with quiet enthusiasm. He is so committed and enthusuatic that he has even taken a year off from his studies to be able to join the Expedition. He arrived on the Ivan Papanin and has been at Utsteinen since the 20th of December. It would be no exaggeration to say that Joffrey is universally popular with his colleagues, who continually tease him about his youth and seeming fragility. With his long blonde hair (usually caked with rock dust), his young animal grace, his candour and innocence, Joffrey has very rapidly made a place for himself at Utsteinen, and longs to be allowed to overwinter despite the fact that the station will only be finished next season. Frequently to be found hanging out with Bernard and Paul, he managed to distinguish himself in the arduous exercises of rock excavation, and raising the wind turbines. Currently, he is helping out on the station, and puts up with a lot of good natured teasing from Gérard. Almost always cheerful and helpful, he is living proof that the younger generation is not going to the dogs. He says that life in this camp is great, a paradise. What attracts him is that it is completely outside any monetary system of value. This is micro-society in which everyone has a role, everyone has a value, and where there is no elitism, and all work together towards a common goal. There are no possessions, no stress, no problems to which there are no solutions. Outside of the Expedition he says that he likes to fix things, like old cars, and to dream. He dreams of many things such as living in Antarctica, or building extraordinary things in difficult places.
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