Sunday, December 04, 2011

Fossil Bluff, Antarctica

Inside is a tiny fuel burning stove (running off aviation fuel). The walls are lined with shelves, rammed with tins of food, oddities collected from outside and ancient books dating back to the 60’s when the first FIDs stayed here. There is a small water tank into which we drop bricks of snow from outside. Against the back wall are two bunks, painted red. There is a little desk setup with the radio for relaying the met observations. Any spare bits of wall are covered with maps of Antarctica and artwork from all the previous inhabitants. There is a book here called the Silent Sound written by one of the three men who were the first to stay here. It’s been incredible to read it while sitting in the bunk that it was written from.

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