The Spirit of Mawson - Australasian Antarctic Expedition 2013 - 2014

Australasian Antarctic Expedition

Day 18 – Christmas day, ice bound

Posted by Robbie - 25 December 2013

Today flew right past me. I know it was hours but it felt like seconds. I kicked my day off by waking up at 6:45 and lying in bed watching Big Bang Theory on my Ipad. That felt slightly longer as I was itching to run up to my parents room and tear open some presents.

At eight’o’clock I was lucky enough to wake my sister up, which seems to be a pretty common occasion onboard the boat! Then I dragged her out of bed and up to my parents’ berth where we opened many presents.

I got books, a couple of movies, Rubik’s Cube and the game Bananagrams - a new favorite with everyone on board. Straight afterwards we went downstairs and played a few games of cards. I seem to be getting a bit of a knack for card tricks.

After a huge fantastic brunch made by Nikki and Brad, we were called down to the auditorium to have a briefing about the day to come. There we got some news. The captain had sent out a distress signal to say that we were stuck in the ice. We were told that a Chinese icebreaker ship called the Xue Long was coming to us. Then we heard that an Australian ship, the Aurora Australis and a French ship the Astrolabe, were both also heading over to us. Subsequently the world’s press took notice and we were quickly front page news of the Sydney Morning Herald.

We spent the rest of the day eating, mucking about and enjoying ourselves. There was a small party in the bar and we all had secret santa gifts and I happily got videos of people doing some crazy dancing. During that time I also tried to get a few phone calls out to my friends back in Oz. Turns out Damon was happy and so was my friend Jonathon.

So I thought that it was a very successful Christmas that left me exhausted.