Feeling like a million dollars

Hobart was a great warm up to Antarctica today – it was foggy and 11 degrees when I arrived, to be met by Margie and her very sweet 5 year old daughter Mali at the airport. Some coffee and a few extra layers of clothing and then it was off to the Antarctic Division for my kitting appointment.

The AAD’s clothing budget is in the order of a million dollars and it was kind of like going into Kathmandu with a gift voucher and a personal assistant. I was the last person being kitted out for Voyage 1 and I got two bulging bags of wonderful STUFF that I wanted to get dressed up in immediately.

In fact I had my chance pretty quickly – by the time I had to get ready for the Hobart Council Antarctic Season Reception tonight it was chilly enough for this thin-blooded northerner to get into a layer of thermals.

The Aurora Australis is standing at the dock and the first briefing is tomorrow afternoon. It’s nearly starting to feel real.

About Jesse Blackadder

Living at the easternmost tip of Australia on the caldera of an extinct volcano, Jesse Blackadder is a novelist, freelance writer and Doctor of Creative Arts. She is fascinated by landscapes, adventurous women and very cold places and has published three adult novels and three novels for children.
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1 Response to Feeling like a million dollars

  1. Jude says:

    Had no idea there’s be such a big kit-out centre! Amazed…

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