Yep, you heard me correctly, I'm going to Antarctica. Nope, not as a vacation, but to work for the next six months. How did this all come about? Well...
Prior to meeting my boyfriend Duncan, he was living in Chicago getting antsy for a change. While perusing Craigslist, he found a crazy but legitimate job offer to work as a contractor in the very exotic - very isolated - continent of Antarctica. He applied, was accepted, and lived there for six months working at McMurdo Station, one of three US scientific research bases in Antarctica. After his contract was up, he moved to Kentucky at some friends' requests where we met and began dating. Fast forward a year and he and I are getting antsy together and know we want a change of scenery but don't know where to begin. All of his stories made Antarctica seem so fun and full of wild misfits that when he suggested going back down together, I automatically agreed.
Not that it was an easy decision. I had just gotten my styling business off the ground and was booking clients and working on shoots with like-minded, fashion-adoring people when we received notice that we had been offered positions eight months after applying. I began to doubt picking up and leaving everything I'd worked so hard to build, but every time Duncan and I sat down and talked about our options, Antarctica just seemed like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity not to be squandered.
And so we accepted.
And we're moving.
In a month.
What will we be doing, you may be wondering? Well, we will be working for six months as stewards. A steward, by my understanding, is a part-time janitor and part-time dining attendant. Not the most glamorous job when you consider what I have been up to lately, but the chance to work in one of the most cold, remote places in the world that only some tens of thousands of people have seen is too compelling. Think of the sights we'll get to see! Think of the adventures we'll get to go on! It's a strange, strange chapter I'm starting in my life but I couldn't possibly be more excited. I don't know what internet access will be like down there (if any at all!), so the blog and any social media presence will more than likely suffer a great deal. I hope that you'll be patient with me in these next months and keep checking back in for updates on our life "on the ice"!