By Alexa Thomson
She got here. She observed. She burnt the toast. a tender lady with a stellar urban occupation yet an expanding dissatisfaction with existence, Alexa applies for the placement of prepare dinner with a personal corporation which organises Antarctic operations. Armed with an previous cookbook, she makes an attempt to create three-course nutrients without electrical energy or working water and struggles to defrost meat within the coldest position in the world. existence in a skinny nylon tent within the corporation of scientists, explorers and eccentrics quickly starts off to tackle notable dimensions. As 75-mile-an-hour winds blow and tensions upward thrust, friendships - and love - are solid during this frozen neighbourhood. Alexa Thomson has been an internet fashion designer for an funding financial institution and a author for Salon.com. She divides her time among Sydney and San Francisco
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They seem to mock me with their compact shape and space-age design, but there’s no escaping them. I’m going to have to use them or serve up frozen chicken with raw sauce. Geoff steps into the tent and asks me how I’m getting on. ‘I love it,’ I say with all my fingers and toes crossed. ’ Again I can feel a pocket of unchecked hysteria bubbling at the back of my throat. Geoff looks at me strangely. I had met Geoff briefly in Punta before he flew to Blue 1 as part of the advance party. in56 56 27/09/2005 16:35:34 A RRIVALS an English reticence.
Mike’s team have spent a backbreaking week flying fuel in from the Russian base Novolazarevskaya, some 160 kilometres to the north. They then had to move it all down to the fuel point on the runway using only a long wooden sledge hooked to a snow mobile known as a skidoo. ) In the meantime we had to bring in the correct parts to connect our fuel nozzles to the Ilyushin. If they don’t fit, the fuel for the jet will have to be pumped by hand. Blowing up a hot air balloon by mouth would be easier.
The population of Blue 1 in November will be a manageable seven. Severin will be pushing off with Liv and Ann on their respective polar treks almost immediately after we arrive at Blue 1. We have one client who will be staying with us for November – a Ewan Fraser. He is a Scottish American who is to set up advance communication systems for the expedition he is on. Ewan is part of a ten-member Belgian team who will be climbing a mountain in the area behind Blue 1. I’m told he will be setting up a weather station for Stanford University and he is also collecting lichen samples for NASA.
Antarctica on a Plate by Alexa Thomson