Some long awaited news from Molly, still on board the Aurora Australis with Rob, Jess, and Sarah..
30th Sep, Day sixteen 1st Oct, Day seventeen 2nd Oct, Day eighteen It’s remote, wild and cold down here. All sorts of problems appeared on the ship. The equipment failed because of low temperature; helicopter couldn’t fly due to the bad weather; we can’t break the thick ice since the ship engine has tiny troubles to start etc. When come down to 64oS, the most common thing happening to us is stuck in the ice, or just hanging around without spotting a good location to settle down. It’s been three days since we departed from the last station. Our plan was to find the 3rd station yesterday morning, but it’s afternoon today, we still not sure what will happen in the next 24h. Everyone grew a bit grumpy when there is not much to do. We finished all the sample analyses, well prepared to be going out anytime. Meanwhile, we almost played all the games we could play. Our assassin game already came to the end. Since I was killed by my mate 5 minutes after the game started, I completely dropped my interest for this game! We have a new table-tennis competition started from a week ago. I was really amazed how good-skilled people are! Although a Chinese I am, I’m suck of table tennis. I played more ping-pong game on this ship than altogether in my life. Talking about games on board. We have a full collection of board games, including all board games you can think about. Chess, Monopoly, Domino, Spicks & Specks, Cluedo, Pictionary, Ticket to ride, Sorry! (The game of sweet revenge), Scrabble, and the cute version of Scrabble – Bananagrams, etc. Apparently now, Bananagrams became the most popular game between the dining room and the library. Consequently, the dictionary became one of the most popular books recently. Also, our sweet social committee came up many brilliant ideas to amuse everybody. Jess, one of our APECS member, with Hugo (our brilliant British mood-maker) started a series of games for every second night. The game named Winner-Winner-Chicken-Dinner. Jess will write something really fun about Winner-Winner soon.