Work. You’re Going to Antarctica to Work.

Over and over again I’ve seen it reiterated: you’re going to Antarctica to work. Anything fun you get to do should be considered a bonus and not expected. Everyone works long hours, 50-60 hour weeks, with no paid vacation days nor even sick days.

That being said, my mother has asked me what “fun” things I could be doing so I’ve compiled a list of those things I’ve seen others post about doing while stationed in Antarctica. Sources for this information can be found here.

  • Spending hours reading through every book in the library I can get my hands on
  • Hiking the various trails
  • Sight-seeing tours to the ice ridges, etc
  • Training for the half-marathon
  • Hanging out at one of the three bars/wine lounges on base
  • Working out at the gym
  • Tour of the scientific facilities
  • Board games
  • Science lectures
  • Volleyball
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Snow-shoeing
  • Cooking
  • Yoga
  • Blogging
  • Mountain biking
  • Rock climbing
  • Movie nights
  • Stargazing
  • Photography
  • Search and rescue exercises
  • Dances
  • Camping
  • Snow golfing
  • Arts and crafts
  • Boondoggles (trips to go see penguins, helicopter flights, etc.)
  • Musical performances
  • Movie nights
  • Card/board games
  • Dancing lessons, bingo, trivia, karaoke, burrito bar, basketball
  • Building igloos
  • “Happy Camper” trips
  • Tours of the Discovery Hut
  • Annual events such as wine tastings, a fashion show, IceStock music festival, polar plunge, Freezing Man
  • Hula jams
  • Picnics in the greenhouse (update: the greenhouse no longer exists)
  • Penguin and whale-watching from the ice edge at Scott Base
  • Bowling (update: the bowling alley has been removed)

So, in essence, what I’m seeing here is that only one thing from my current list of activities is missing: LARP. Everything else? I can definitely do from down here. And honestly I bet I can convince a few people down there to create a LARP or maybe just an interactive tabletop game…

photo source, south pole (check out his sky photos!)

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