Work environments can indeed vary – both geographically and weather-wise.
Michelle Endo, 32, is originally from San Francisco, California, but last October she moved to Antarctica to work at the US Amundsen-Scott research station. writes the Daily Mail.
On Instagram, the American documents life in the less private part of the world – which has brought with it both positive and negative experiences.
Extreme weather conditions
Living in the southernmost region of the world means amazing experiences with the northern lights and incredible views of endless winter landscapes. But the days can also be very stressful. Temperatures can drop to minus 80 degrees, and during the winter months it is dark 24 hours a day.
The harsh winter weather also means that Michele and the 42 other people on the base rarely leave the house. Additionally, the only airport closes during the winter, leaving everyone stranded in an inhospitable place.
Everyone deals with isolation in different ways. Some people hide in their rooms and you hardly see them, Michelle says in an Instagram video.
Michelle’s duties are mainly to ensure that activities related to research work run smoothly. The dining room can, for example, be cleaned and goods replenished in the small shop on the base, but also the rooms prepared when more people arrive in the summer.
In a video, Michelle explains that she has always been very interested in travel, and although life in Antarctica is often very difficult, she describes it as an amazing experience. She explains that fewer than 2,000 people have spent the winter in Antarctica, and only 261 of them are women, which makes the work even more exciting.
Her contract at the base is about to expire, and despite her precious year, Michelle now longs for warmer weather.
“When my time here is over, I look forward to traveling to warm places, being around animals and eating fresh foods,” she says.
A mysterious discovery in the depths of Antarctica
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