Antarctica Dispatch

Journal of my Antarctic experience working to support the United States Antarctic Program.

Christmas in July


We celebrated another tradition down here - 'Christmas in July'. The galley again was wonderful, roasting whole turkeys, a ham, and all the trimmings. It's always nice to see everyone showered and dressed up. I searched through my luggage to find the Santa cap I brought down and wore in December.

I ended up sitting at one of the ends of the table and was put in charge of carving the 'bird'. Placing all the tables together into one long row really put into perspective just how many people are down here.

Later we had a 'White Elephant' gift exchange. Of course we didn't perform the rules properly. Instead of stealing an opened gift or choosing one, when a name was called, the person chose a gift, opened it, and either kept it or traded it. I swapped my gift, which I then had taken away, then the next one stolen, and finally ended up with a cribbage board. I've always wanted to learn, so it didn't turn out so bad.


At Monday, July 31, 2006 2:35:00 PM, Blogger Jeff De Rosa said...

Erik carves a good turkey

At Thursday, August 03, 2006 9:48:00 AM, Anonymous JSK said...

Reading your blog reminded me of the time you, a young lad, helped carve a turkey at Aldredge House (Swiss Avenue Medical Auxiliary house) Remember? Have a picture of you doing it.

Antartica made the AOL news today--a story and pictures of unusual clouds there that a scientist projects indication that the earth is, indeed, warming.

At Thursday, August 03, 2006 8:07:00 PM, Blogger Peas on Toast said...

Nice Erik!
We did something similar up our end too. :)

At Thursday, August 03, 2006 9:59:00 PM, Blogger Nessers said...

All the movies I have ever seen about Antartica have always involved dogs - where are your dogs?

At Friday, August 04, 2006 11:44:00 AM, Blogger Erik said...

Dogs were banned by the Antarctic Treaty after 1995. It's very disappointing because having them as companions down here during the long winter months would have been nice. There's also a tradition called 'Hug a Husky' which no longer applies.


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