Having arrived slightly earlier than expected, on 23 December, Nadia and her team got to spend both Christmas and New Year’s Eve at the base.
“Having 24 hours of daylight during the Christmas and New Year celebrations was certainly an experience.”
As they were still meant to be sailing on Christmas Day, Nadia had planned a Secret Santa for those on her boat, so that morning they all got back onto the JCR where the captain distributed their presents.
“My present was a plaster cast orca (using old material from the doctor’s surgery) – it has certainly livened up my room. And, sure enough, the day before we saw a group of orcas in the bay.”
The Christmas celebrations were a great opportunity for Nadia to meet the current wintering team, with everybody setting up the dinner tables and getting into the Christmas spirit. They had a banquet of good food, followed by a football game on the tarmac of the runway.
Nadia then went for a run with some of her fellow staff to prepare for an evening buffet and then a ski around the local ramps.