The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence -

“Each day was hot­ter than the last, and I soaked up the Novem­ber sun­shine like a lizard. Two Sun­days af­ter land­ing in New Zealand I had to present my­self at nine in the morn­ing at the head­quar­ters of the US Antarc­tic Pro­gram in Christchurch in or­der to be is­sued my Ex­treme Cold Weather cloth­ing. I bor­rowed a moun­tain bike and cy­cled along de­serted roads to the snooz­ing out­skirts of the city. The bike had a match­ing hel­met with a tiny rearview mir­ror pro­trud­ing from the side. I swung up to the en­trance of the in­sti­tu­tional snow-white build­ing where a sprin­kling of fel­low trav­ellers had set­tled on the low walls and warm grass. I couldn’t un­strap the hel­met and was obliged to so­licit the help of a vulpine Rus­sian gla­ciol­o­gist.”


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