By Alexa Thomson
She got here. She observed. She burnt the toast. a tender lady with a stellar urban profession yet an expanding dissatisfaction with lifestyles, Alexa applies for the location of prepare dinner with a personal corporation which organises Antarctic operations. Armed with an outdated cookbook, she makes an attempt to create three-course food without electrical energy or operating water and struggles to defrost meat within the coldest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 to tackle awesome dimensions. As 75-mile-an-hour winds blow and tensions upward thrust, friendships - and love - are cast during this frozen neighbourhood. Alexa Thomson has been an internet clothier for an funding financial institution and a author for Salon.com. She divides her time among Sydney and San Francisco
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I stop my ears with my fingers and attempt to think about something other than the landing; failing to complete last year’s tax return… anything but this awful nauseous apprehension. Rarely do jets of this size land at Blue 1. in48 48 27/09/2005 16:35:33 P OINT OF NO RETURN much smaller planes. We’re an experiment and I can’t recall being asked if I’d like to be part of it. I am an Antarctic crash test dummy. The machine starts to shake unbearably. My palms are sodden and I am stiff with fear. We’re all shuddering on our wooden seats and avoiding eye contact with one another.
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. There is no unseemly stampede for the exit. We all linger in the plane, waiting for someone else to make the first move to the door. in50 50 27/09/2005 16:35:33 Arrivals I t is the realm of Hans Christian Andersen.
The two of us are Antarctic novices and we share our hopes and fears in long, conspiratorial chats. Our mutual apprehension and reverence for Antarctica are strangely soothing. Together we can talk through our worries without fear of derision or suspicion. My days are spent at the ANI office poring over inventory after inventory, attempting to get some idea of what’s been buried at Blue 1. I have been told that our little camping ground is buried and everything, literally everything from previous seasons has been thrown in a crate and sits under approximately six metres of snow.
Antarctica on a Plate by Alexa Thomson