By Alexa Thomson
She got here. She observed. She burnt the toast. a tender girl with a stellar urban occupation 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 Armed with an outdated cookbook, she makes an attempt to create three-course food with out electrical energy or working water and struggles to defrost meat within the coldest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 to tackle amazing 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 online dressmaker for an funding financial institution and a author for Salon.com. She divides her time among Sydney and San Francisco
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In43 43 27/09/2005 16:35:32 A NTARCTICA ON A P LATE hours eating delicious seafood, beachcombing at Camps Bay and ogling the beautiful Cape Town homes. Rachel is fielding calls from Blue 1 on her mobile while we loll on the beach. It’s too bizarre to grasp. My moment of truth is fast approaching but I rock myself into a false sense of security. I feel like a wimp but Cape Town has such gorgeous weather, the food is plentiful, I can shower every day… I am torn between wanting desperately to get on the ice to start my job and wanting to explore South Africa.
The least I can do is look the part when I arrive, even if everything else will be a strictly seat-of-the-pants affair. Liv and Ann are the first dressed. They look solemn and expectant. Their red Gore-Tex clothes are covered with sponsorship badges. Their clothing is spotless. I, on the other hand, am wearing a mix of old and new gear. My jacket is about four years old and my overpants belong to my sister. However, my boots are brand spanking new. I look like a true novice, the kind who turns up on ski slopes wearing everyone else’s cast-offs.
From his neck up he could be Omar Sharif, waiting for Julie Christie to step from the barouche. From the neck down he’s in street clothes. I’m aghast. Aren’t these people about to drop from frostbite? I decide to abandon, for sanity’s sake, my thoughts on the fashion trends here on the ice. Instead I take a deep, shaky breath and really take a look at Antarctica. It’s a stunning summer day here. There are no clouds in the sky and the blue is almost black in its intensity. Everything around me has the clarity of a sumptuous movie.
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