Here's a basic list of the things that happen here:
Travelogues: Every Monday people have the opportunity to share pictures and stories of their travels. We've heard stories of peoples trips on Cargo Ships around the world, hiking the Anapunra trek in Nepal, bike trips across Australia, rickshaw races across India and all the long walks across America. The weekly travellogue is a dangerous event to attend because it just keeps adding to the list of places to visit and things to do.
TedTalks: On Wednesday there's a selection of TedTalks that is shown in the galley.
Science Lectures: Twice a week the scientists give lectures of the work they are doing down here.
American Night at Scott Base: The New Zealand base is 2 kilometers from ours and on Thursday nights they open the store and the bar to us Americans. It's really nice to be able to go somewhere new to hang out and shop.
Brunch: Every Sunday the kitchen prepares an excellent brunch. When we were living in Korea I remember paying upwards of $40 for brunches that weren't even as good as these are.
Open Mic Night: Technically not every week, but still an incredible event. The talent here is remarkable. There are so many talented singers, songwriters, poets and performers.
Two-Step Tuesdays: Every other Tuesday we clear away the tables and two-step!
The following events are pretty self-explanatory.
Rugby with the Kiwis
Hiking: There are 4 different walks you can go on here. Two small ones out from and around town, both about 3 miles. The longest is Castle Rock Loop, 10 miles and during summer you can walk/ski out to the Runway.
Cross country and skate skiing: These can be rented from our "gear issue" and you can ski out to the airport, our out on the castle rock loop.
Snowboarding: The Kiwis have an actual ski lift which if you make friends with them, you might be able to use. However, you can hike out the the hill at the Castle Rock and ski or snowboard down that.
Marathon and half-marathon: Heck yeah! If you're really motivated, you can train to run the marathon or half-marathon.
Bands and Parties:
Halloween: This is a huge party and one that people make plans for before the even get down to the ice. People come with great individual costumes and group costumes to compete in a costume contest. If you win, the prize is usually a trip somewhere. Very fun!
Waste Barn Christmas Show: The Wasties go all out for the Christmas party. This year the theme was from Ferrous to Paris and they decorated the barn like a street full of cafes in paris. People sing all sorts of songs both Christmas and other. Again, this is another event that people look forward to all year.
VMF Christmas Party: On Christmas Eve the VMF hosts the Annual Christmas Party. There's a performance from the Choir, a Santa appearance, photo booths, a photo display, live music, a wine bar, and snacks.
Icestock: Perhaps the biggest event of the year. Icestock is our New Years party. It starts at 6pm and goes until midnight on new years (although this year it was technically a on January 2nd and the countdown to the third was 5 minutes late). Bands practice all season and perform on IceStock. There's a chili cook-off and usually about 7-8 different types of chili to test and sample.
Math Club: This is a weekly, alcohol free party this is strictly about dancing. It is incredibly awesome. Even people who hate dancing usually love Math Club. It's early in the evening so people aren't drunk, there's no guys creeping up on women. It's dark with fun lighting and no one cares about how you dances.
Dance Parties: Aside from Math Club, there are spontaneous dance parties all the time. People love to dance here! Any opportunity to dance here!
General work center parties: Throughout the season the various work centers have parties with live music (and dancing!). Carp shop, helo hanger, the BFC. Any place that has a big enough space and the time to host a party.
Other Random Things:
Dance Groups: Special Project Other is a dance hip hop dance crew and will not only put on one or two dance performances but also a great flashmob at Icestock.
Cribbage Tournaments: This is an hilarious obsession on station. Tournaments are almost constantly ongoing but there is also the "Cribbage Bracelet" that people are constantly challenging each other for and then flaunt when they win.
Film festivals: Each season, both winter and summer, there is a film festival that people on station can participate in. During Winter, the festival branches out and becomes and international festival and people from all the stations in Antarctica participate. I can't wait to see it!
Discovery Hut and Cape Evans Hut: Discovery hut is Shackleton's hut that sits right near station. We can walk out to see it and a couple of times a year we get official tourguides to open it up and we can go inside and look around. The Cape Evans hut is a little farther out so less people can get out there. Only about 50 people made it out there this season (neither Jamie nor I).
Room with a view: This is a trip we can sign up for or win by raffle. It's a snow mobile ride out to a hut with an excellent view of Mt Erebus.
Ice Caves: Another trip that can be won by raffle and another snowmobile trip. This one goes out to the IceCaves in the Erebus Ice tongue. It's the glacier that flows off of the volcano, Erebus.
Tug-of-war competitions: This used to be an annual event that they brought back this season. We had a team of 6 vs the Kiwis. We lost royally. The Kiwi had actually practice. We lost in seconds. But it was great fun! And a very serious event. We had to weigh in before we could compete. The Kiwis were overweight so that had to drop one person. Did I mention we lost?
Manhauling competition: This is a ridiculous competition where people haul, either in teams of 4 or singly, weighted sleds across the ice. Technically this is part of the Tug-of-War competition, the team that loses can then challenge the winners to another competition. Whoever decided on Manhauling, i have no idea. I'm sure you can guess, the kiwis were very good at this too. They are a bunch of young and very fit men that are competing.
MAAG: A yearly art show; Performance art, painting, sculpture, music
|The Ice Caves. And the video tour!|
|Halloween! A ghostbuster and David Bowie|
|Skiing out to the ice runway.|
|Our friend's band, Shitty and Loud. Their title is very literal.|
|Inside the Nimrod hut.|
|The start of the 5K. You didn't think we actual ran a marathon, did you?|
|Hiking with Sage!|
|VMF Christmas Party|
|Room with a View Trip|
|Trivi Night. Notice the concentration. They've won twice in a row and are a bit intolerable.|
|More hiking! |
My awesome dance crew. Special Project Other. Feel free to click the link and watch us!
A link to my performance with Special Project Other: