Happy New Year from Antarctica! One of the most beloved traditions on McMurdo is the annual New Year’s Eve celebrations. The Galley always cooks up a super starchy dinner (this year it was pasta bar AND Baked potato bar AND three kinds of cake). I’ll let you guess their rationale.
Right after dinner the fun begins with a chili cook off and Icestock- only the coolest music festival ever!
“Suck it Metallica” seemed to be the theme of the evening. Metallica- god bless them- came and played a concert on King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands, this year. Despite being north of 60 south, and never setting foot on continent they claimed they gave an Antarctic Rock Concert. Well the McMurdo rock scene could have let that slide except, Metallica went on to say that theirs was the first Antarctic Rock concert since a band from the British Antarctic Survey played at Rothera in 2007- and everyone knows that doesn’t really count. Ouch low blow Metallica! McMurdo has been rocking out Icestock for 25 years and we have speakers (loud ones)
I have never had a New Years Eve quite like this. I hope you all had wonderful times out there in the wide world. Happy New Year to you!
What a great way to end my Antarctic trip, I start the trek home tomorrow.