Long weekends, 24 hour darkness and photography courses.
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We had our first negative 40 degree day this week – that was negative 40 and no wind! Ideal conditions for one of my favourite Antarctic science tricks – making boiling water disappear!!
How? Well if you throw a cup of boiling water into the air at that temperature it [almost] instantly evaporates creating a beautiful mist of ice and supercooled water droplets?! This is definitely something I wasn't told about in school!
Winter is truly here – the supply ship was unloaded back in February, we had our last freshies (fresh fruit and veg) delivery at the start of March and the last flight to/from the ice was about 6 weeks ago. There are 15 of us wintering over this year, 11 Antarctica New Zealand staff and 4 Antarctic Heritage Trust conservators.
Antarctica – once she gets under your skin you just can't get enough of her! I feel the same mixture of excitement, privilege and wonder today as I did the first time I stepped foot on the ice.
My name is Bobbie and this is my 3rd season on the ice as Antarctica New Zealand's Winter Chef and I wouldn't rule out applying for another season or two – it's truly magical down here and the experience gets better and better each time I come down.