Then it was another beer with an Indian engineer whose name I didn't catch, then back to Terry, then to Jonas, then to Tomo and Laura and a woman I nicknamed Ice Panda Princess.
After this, I made the decision to nip the binge drinking in the bud and head out for a solo ski. A thousand miles of clean emptiness stretching in every direction.
I went for a half-hour ski, pushing hard into the sparkling nothingness, breathing heavily against my balaclava, trying to sweat out my sins.
Sure, I fell over more than once, and, yeah, the track I laid was hardly straight.
Hoping to pat a few friends on the back, maybe knock down a quick shot of whatever was handy, I entered the hovel's cloudy, cancerous dimness.
By 4 a.m., I was dancing shirtless in my Nordic boots.Antarctica is one huge exclamation mark, one huge superlative, anomalous in so many ways.According to the 53 signatory nations of the Antarctic Treaty, established in 1959, the continent is reserved for the peaceful conduct of scientific research — no standing armies, no resource extraction, no ownership.It is an extraordinary day for the general population and they well come up and coming year in their own specific manner.Individuals purchase new garments, endowments and diverse things from showcase. 1st January is Celebration of New Year in India is a fun loaded with sustenance, skip and ceremonies. Kids are exceptionally glad on this day as they get endowments and great nourishment to appreciate.How do the fierce elemental conditions permeate the community's social life?What stories do the members of this strange experiment share?There are 250 scientists and laborers from all across the globe, each in desperate need of a break from the never-ending workload that defines life in Antarctica. Antarctic Program, and only 10 of us were hired for this minimum-wage honor from more than a thousand applicants.And, on that note, there's one other thing: a crazy party. My uncle, a pragmatic Yankee with an achy lumbar spine, laughed when he heard of my post-college career choice, saying, "That's what plows are for, aren't they?Gregorian calendar or not, the whole world celebrates New Year's Eve. Further complicating the search for an exact instant we might agree to label "January 1" is the pesky reality of high austral summer: 24-hour sunlight.Without paying close attention to your watch, which you would have last set in New Zealand, you might find the so-called New Year slipping by unnoticed, just another blinding white hour in the middle of a night that looks like day.