“I come here because it frames my whole life from a totally different perspective, because it makes me appreciate little things I can’t have . . . It makes me appreciate things I don’t like . . . It makes me appreciate my family and friends even more, because although the people here are living amazing lives and while I love some of them, I don’t choose them.
I come here because it gives me a chance to learn things in ways I couldn’t learn them at home; every little thing . . . things I might never fall into at home.
And, well, because it sounds interesting.”
– Kiell, brown paper blue ink
With my time in Thailand reaching its final few months, I can’t help but shift my eyes to further horizons. One thing that is in every traveller’s bucket list is to visit every continent. For most, this remains an impossibility. Antarctica is just too far.
So I thought until I first came to Thailand. In my TESOL training course here, I met Sarah, a girl who worked as a truck driver at McMurdo Station in Antarctica a couple years before. Hearing her stories, I got a more complete idea of just how accessible and inaccessible Antarctica might be.
So the question I must ask myself, though, is what would possibly interest me about going there? I’ve lived and worked in relatively small and isolated and even cold places before. What did I learn from them?
I hate long periods of isolation.
I hate living in small communities.
And certainly I hate cold.
So what interests me? It’s different. It’s a story. It somewhere new and somewhere that so many will never get to in their entire lives, and it is somewhere that I can go if I want to.
The trade-off? All that isolation and uncomfortable intimacy and cold would all be magnified to a level I can’t yet imagine.
In this week’s Weekly Reblog, Kiell of brown paper blue ink gives one of the best personal testaments I have come across about life in general at one of the Antarctic outposts. She goes into an inspirational description as to why the sacrifices are worth the benefits and in further posts goes into honest detail about many of the ups and downs of life near the south pole.
Some other good testimonial sites for working in Antarctica:
How to Get a Job in Antarctica 2013-2014: Links | brown paper blue ink
What’s So Great About Antarctica? | blog.eliduke.com
Stacey in Antarctica | staceyinantarctica.blogspot.com
Big Dead Place | bigdeadplace.com