By Alexa Thomson
She got here. She observed. She burnt the toast. a tender girl with a stellar urban profession yet an expanding dissatisfaction with lifestyles, Alexa applies for the placement of prepare dinner with a personal corporation which organises Antarctic operations. Armed with an outdated cookbook, she makes an attempt to create three-course nutrients with out electrical energy or working water and struggles to defrost meat within the coldest position in the world. lifestyles in a skinny nylon tent within the corporation of scientists, explorers and eccentrics quickly starts off to tackle amazing dimensions. As 75-mile-an-hour winds blow and tensions upward push, friendships - and love - are cast during this frozen neighbourhood. Alexa Thomson has been an online 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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Strangely I feel reluctant to join the queue. I can feel the plane turning to cruise back up our runway. I sit on the bench and look blankly in front of me. in49 49 27/09/2005 16:35:33 A NTARCTICA ON A P LATE The plane comes to a stop with a final shudder. There is a moment of suspended animation as we adjust to the silence when the engines slide from a shriek to a low whine. The air temperature drops undeniably as one of the crew heaves open the side passenger door. Antarctica is here. We all rise as if some mesmerising force has entered the hold.
I swing around and see for the first time the blue ice runway that we had minutes ago boomed down. Our runway has been lined with sophisticated markers that would have been the pride of any international airport: black plastic garbage bags, weighed down with snow. We drop down the ladder one at a time. The cold makes me gasp. I feel I’ve been whacked in the solar plexus. I flex my fingers in their gloves and wriggle my toes. We have all been warned that the blue ice is incredibly slippery and to take extreme care.
The sun won’t set until the end of the summer season. I’m eager to experience this phenomenon. Meanwhile, I am grunting and groaning with frustration, attempting to pull my boots and clothes on without the luxury of standing up. There. I’m dressed. I yank open the fly and shriek with fright at the blast of frigid air that stings my cheeks. Christ it’s cold. I wriggle out of the tent feet first and scarcely look at the world around me, so desperate am I to get to the cook tent 100 metres away and to my position behind the MSRs.