When is the best time to sleep in Antarctica?

Had the most amazing three days of my life going out in the field in Antarctica. The images and sounds are running through my head like a non stop movie and it’s hard to get to sleep. Also, the extraordinary three hour sunset goes till midnight and then morphs into sunrise about an hour later. There is absolutely no good time to sleep and so much to miss out on. The base is crazy, a jumble of lego buildings, heavy machinery, people and cargo everywhere, the mess churning out big meals three times a day to keep people going, doors slamming everywhere, complaints on the white board about the slamming doors, the 25-odd winterers in complete culture shock with this invasion of another 100 or so loud busy hungry ignorant people.

I’ll relate my Antarctic adventures after Sunday, as I only have another day or so on base. The resupply is nearly done, so it looks like the good ship Aurora Australis will be turning for home on Sunday night or Monday morning. I’ve managed to grab 15 minutes of internet access to read your comments – thanks everyone and a special hello to Pulteney Grammar School year 5 – I’ll be writing answers to your questions in the next few days.

It’s a wild world down here – crazy and wonderful and I’m loving it. Very tempting to go AWOL just as the ship’s ready to leave.

Love to all

Jesse xxx

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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3 Responses to When is the best time to sleep in Antarctica?

  1. Nadene MacDonald says:

    Jesse, We have absolutely loved reading your blog during your trip south as our daughter Stephanie MacDonald has been there with you on the AA. She is a winterer and any reports from anyone, we just completely devour. Thank you for giving us such a great insight into what was happening on the ship. Looking forward to buying your book.
    Thank you
    Nadene and Steve MacDonald

  2. Mary Jane says:

    Thanks for your blog Jesse…it’s wonderful to read and be able to see some of what you describe…and glad you loved your trip into the field for a couple of nights too…give Martin a big hug from me and keep up your super posts on here.
    Thanks so much
    Love MJ

  3. Sabrina says:

    Hi Jesse, Im Sabrina at Pulteney Grammar grammar School year 5 in 5S. The year fives this term have been learning about Antarctica and we have been thrilled to hear about what you have to say. Thank you for answering our Questions. It must be freezing cold at the Davis Station. what is your food like do you have microwaves to heat up your food and do you have to eat canned food and lots of fruit. Have you been to the active volcano Mt Erebus? Glad to hear what you have to say, Sabrina

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