22nd Expeditioner / That cardboard cut-out chick
Emily, you arrived here unexpectedly at the end of summer, via Office Works and a large ship. What is it like being the 22nd expeditioner?
Other than delving into my freezer for peas, this is my first trip to Antarctica. I love that everyone talks to me and involves me in so many activities. Not sure about being Santa (or Her Majesty) though.
If not a cardboard replica, what job would you do?
Continuing on the paper theme, I would love to write and illustrate children’s books. Otherwise I will continue my day job as mum and lawyer (which both also surprisingly involve lots of paper!).
Best gig as a substitute person?
Hmmm…lurking in people’s bathrooms in the dark has been pretty funny!
What has been your best experience in Antarctica so far Emily?
Seeing the massive elephant seals. I can’t believe I got to go so close. I’m hoping to see some penguins too. The company here is fantastic as well.
Emily, what have you learnt about living in our little Davis family over the winter?
To be a great listener and to keep secrets!
If you were granted one wish Emily, what would it be?
To really travel to Antarctica! (and maybe a never-ending packet of Tim Tams)
Now Emily, if you were a car, what would you be?
An Audi TT, red. Small, shiny and fast.
We have noticed that you don’t talk much Em. Is it us or are you just naturally shy?
I don’t think my husband would describe me as shy! Lucky you guys got the cardboard version of me as I can be a bit of a chatterbox!
Who is your favourite person on station?
Dr Jan Wallace of course! (and Ali too!)
(Wow Em, you’re my favourite person too!)
What has been your favourite special outfit this year?
So many outfits: the seventies outfit, the fur stole, the Santa outfit, the orange jacket, the flapper outfit, the Queen face, the ANZAC hat! I think I loved the sombrero the most.
Have you applied for a summer extension or are you coming home with us?
I am not sure another team will appreciate me as much, so my initial thoughts are to come home but then again, I have loved being here so much, and maybe another group will love me too. Aaahhh such a tough decision.
What is in store when you do return home?
Hopefully a wider array of outfits
Emily, I have to say you have been one of my more challenging interview subjects, but I am delighted with the interesting views and comments you have given us. Who would have thought that a flat-pack person was so interesting!