M is for Mawson (obviously). Here we are at Mawson station, approximately 5,700km from Hobart. It's certainly not an easy trip getting here. However the Aiviq and her crew did a fantastic job of getting us here. Mawson really does have that home away from home feel about it. The station's Adélie penguins and Weddel seals have also welcomed us with open arms (not literally). We have all settled in and found our feet.
A is for aurora. As we look into the crisp night sky we are all in awe at the humbling and stunning sights of continuous aurora. At approximately 11pm most nights, the aurora starts to dance. Beautiful greens and sometimes slight purples take to the sky. We all huddle outside by the porch taking photos and videos, trying not to freeze.
W is for the wind. Without a doubt, Mawson has got to be the windiest place I have ever been. In the mornings we always have a stiff katabatic south easterly breeze blowing approximately 35 knots. On a lighter note, the afternoons are quite pleasant as they seem to drop away just enough to walk back to the red shed without being blown away.
S is for snow. Mawson is definitely known for its very fast moving snow and wind, most commonly called a blizzard. Conditions required for a blizzard to form is a mass of warm air rising over cold air (so our friendly Bureau of Metereology staff tell me). A few tell tale signs of a blizzard include wind, fast moving snow with the wind, runny noses, watery eyes and messy hair. Yet, walking to work in a blizzard is a humbling experience.
O is for "Oh what’s for dinner?" Here at Mawson we are lucky enough to have our chef Donna. Donna's cooking is amazing to say the least. Every night is unique and everything she prepares is incredible. Especially the desserts!
N is for night time. Whether it’s a movie, a sporting event, a friendly game of darts or just sitting down looking out at our magnificent view we definitely have something for everyone. I can’t stress enough how unique and special this place is, and how lucky we all are to be here.
Kade Ely, chippy