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