The Spirit of Mawson - Australasian Antarctic Expedition 2013 - 2014

Australasian Antarctic Expedition

Day 3 – Russian announcements

Posted by Robbie - 10 December 2013

Lab discussions - photographed and processed by Cara

Lab discussions - photographed and processed by Cara

It’s early in the morning. My eyelids are sagging and my legs are aching. But somehow, there is nowhere that I’d rather be than on this boat. The rocking of the ship is actually soothing for me, yet isn’t for others onboard. It’s a lot worse than it was yesterday. The boat is reaching angles of about 25 degrees and because of that it woke me up a couple of times during the night.

I’m finding the beds quite comfortable now a well. We brought on our own duckdown pillows and after the long day it is nice to let my head sink into a soft pillow. Although annoyingly the pillow is not enough to help me fall asleep from the very loud air conditioning. So I deal with it by putting headphones over my ears and playing the relaxing music of Arcade Fire.

There is one thing that is desperately getting on my nerves. The Russian announcements. Imagine; loud clangs of cups and waves bashing against the side of the boat have given you a headache. So you go to your room where it’s quiet, to get some peace. You lay on your bed for a minute, on the verge of falling asleep then out comes this loud voice over the intercoms. The crew talking to each other in very loud Russian.

But this has actually been pretty nice despite the Russian announcements and loud air conditioning. So as they say on the postcards, wish you were here.