Antarctica! What a place to have an adventure! What a place to see somewhere new and make new friends. Never did I think that I could see somewhere as mystical and colourful as the Great White Continent in the South.
Life began in a hotel shortly after hatching from a plastic bag. He took some time to pick himself up off the floor from laughing so much, but my new owner was quick to fill me with the lifeblood of warm air. Life is difficult being an inflatable animal. We became fast friends and I helped him through the rigours of pre-departure hotel quarantine, and he even tolerated my explorations while I became acquainted with my surroundings.
The ride on the ship was uneventful as I mostly remained in my cabin, you see I never really got my sea legs and was only happy to come out and play for his 40th birthday celebrations.
Once on station, however, I couldn’t believe the vast distances and all the amazing and colourful buildings. My owner showed me around a little but wouldn’t let me stray too far as I was so new to this world, and he had already completed 4 winters. His calmness truly helped me settle into life on station. I was given free reign to live in the buildings, but not to go outside as I’d be blown away in even the smallest of breezes. Besides, I didn’t much like the deflating feeling I got when my internal temperature dropped. I would simply lose pressure and crumple in on myself.
I needed something to give me excitement in this place, so I went searching for new friends. There were all these photos of four legged fluffy things on the wall and inside perspex boxes, but none of them wanted to talk. The expeditioners said that they were putting up photos to remember their pets at home. Think that I’m very lucky to be here.
There was a day when I found the chocolate and gorged myself on all these delicious treats. While the experience was initially uplifting, I just couldn’t keep any of it down.
I recently made a new friend who has been serenading me with the most wonderful singing voice. I think that I’m in love and will stay here forever with her.
Terri the Triceratops