Hi all. Hi mum! Having a ball, and keeping out of trouble. The longer I am here the more fascinating this place becomes. Here are a collection of thoughts that I have stumbled over since arriving.
- I have grossly underestimated cold!
I thought cold was cold. You sort of got to a point of maximal being cold and that was it. Oh no, there are so many levels of cold, cold just keeps getting colder. You think you are as cold as you can be, and then it gets worse! I am concerned that there is still more cold to come.
- Goose down is the bomb
I have been getting around in my summer winter jackets, and my winter jacket, but last week I tried out my winter winter jacket. Its huge, its red, it has furry bits and it so nice. I spent an afternoon driving around doing science (sea ice thickness measuring), and was so happy and toasty. I am never going back!
- The sunrises and sunsets are epic
I think it is all about the contrasts. The sky becomes a lovely collection of pinks; the icebergs get a blue haze to them. It’s rather magical, sort of not real.
- I miss rain
I think I am going crazy because some nights I swear I can hear rain outside. I really miss the sound and smell of a good storm. Snow is beautiful to look at, and the crunch of dry snow is great but there is no smell.
- Nothing can keep good old Davis dust down
No matter how much I think it is gone and the snow has finally beaten it, a few days of wind and the dust is back again. It coats the sea ice turning our beautiful white ice brown! I have serious questions about the geological age of this place for there to be so much dust still here with so much of it blowing out to sea! At what point do we run out?
- Take your time, get the clothes right
Time spent ensuring good pants to boot overlap, and balaclava to neck wrap thing coverage make all the difference.
- Salad is amazing
I was never a big salad person (says the Doctor), but as more green things become available here I am realising how nice it can be.
- Metal rim glasses were a poor choice
Dealing with glasses fogging (and then freezing) is one issue, but metal…what was I thinking!
- Work vehicles will never quite compare
From summer helicopter rides, now to quads and soon Häggs, it is certainly very different to getting around Australia. I am not sure if I have a favourite yet but the Hägg does come with heating…
Well I hope you enjoyed my collection of epiphanies. Until next time.