This week at Mawson, station Carpenter Mal McMillan shows us his Antarctica experience so far.

This week Mal shows us around Mawson station.

My time at Mawson has been an extraordinary experience that I will cherish for a lifetime. The amazing beauty of this icy continent is truly awe-inspiring, and nowhere is it more evident than in the vast expanse of the big blue sky that stretches endlessly above. The contrast between the vivid blue sky and the stark white landscape creates a breathtaking sight that never fails to captivate me.

As I go about my daily activities at Mawson Station, I am constantly reminded of the unique environment in which I find myself. The station's buildings, with their vibrant colours, stand out against the backdrop of the icy terrain. The bright reds, yellows, and blues of the structures create a striking visual contrast, adding a touch of warmth and vibrancy to the otherwise monochromatic landscape. It's a sight that never fails to bring a smile to my face, reminding me of the human presence in this remote corner of the world.

But what truly makes my time at Mawson Station special are the people with whom I have the privilege of working. The team here is composed of people from all walks of life, each contributing their unique skills and expertise. Despite the challenges and isolation of living in such a remote location, the camaraderie and sense of community among us is fantastic.

The people I work with at Mawson Station are not only dedicated professionals but also warm-hearted individuals who have become like a second family to me. We share meals, celebrate milestones, and support each other through the ups and downs of life in Antarctica.

My time at Mawson Station so far has been remarkable. But above all, it is the wonderful people I have been fortunate to work with who have made this experience truly unforgettable.

Mal McMillan  (Carpenter)