Tag Archives: Rebecca Priestley

Alice’s Antarctic diaries

On my recent trip to Antarctica, my fellow writer and near-constant companion was Wellington poet and all-round writer person Alice Miller. We shared a bunk room together, made each other many coffees, bought each other many drinks, and went on … Continue reading

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Scott Base, Scott Base, this is Rebecca

When I first arrived in Antarctica I felt like the world had just got smaller. This place that had lived in my imagination for so long was suddenly real and underfoot. I’d now been to the Arctic and the Antarctic, … Continue reading

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Be careful what you wish for

When I arrived here, I didn’t want to leave. But now our stay has been extended. By a day. By another day. By two more days. On Thursday we did “bag drag,” where our bags were weighed and driven over … Continue reading

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A met observation and a visit to Scott’s hut

I woke up this morning to a happy birthday to Alice announcement over the PA, followed by some very loud Christmas music – Santa Claus is Coming to Town. When I got up there were Christmas decorations and trees everywhere. … Continue reading

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Science on the sea ice

Yesterday my fellow writers (James and Alice) and I went on an amazing helicopter trip to Cape Evans (to see Scott’s Hutt), to Cape Royds (to see Shackleton’s Hut and the Adelie penguin colony) and to Lake Hoare in the … Continue reading

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Big. White. Cold. Awesome.

“The problem is, when you get back, people always ask you what Antarctica is like. What do you say?” said Stu Arnold, our field trainer, shrugging and looking out across the endless white plain of the Ross Ice Shelf. After … Continue reading

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