The new year slipped in almost unnoticed. Midnight caught us by surprise, and shortly afterwards, before most of the rest of the world has even begun the new year's festivities (we're at GMT +13, just west of the International Date Line), Valere mixed us delicious rum-lemon-sugar drinks while the wind howled outside. We shared our resolutions for the coming year and now we're getting ready for sleep, which will require getting into our extreme weather clothing, diving into the wall of wind and blowing snow surrounding the hut, and laboring our way to our respective Scott tents for the night.
Happy new year from this frozen world!
Valere hiking home from the colony in the storm (photo by Amelie Lescroel)