Not only an excellent David Bowie record, and a superb BBC drama series, but also possibly (not really) what it’s like in the desert. To be fair, parts of it have been compared to the conditions on Mars, except I doubt that Mars has any wifi, or a ready supply of orange juice!
So, what is it like, to live in a camp in the desert? Well, ironically, the food and communications are much better here than those at the mine. I have good wifi, and as the camp is so small (a maximum of eight people live and work here at any one time), the food is excellent. I won’t talk about the food at the mine, as there is a review of that on the way, but the difference is unbelievable! We have a dedicated chef here, who makes delicious meals. I’ll do a dedicated post of the food here too at a later stage.
The camp consists of five containers, and a tent, which house the bathroom, canteen, kitchen, storage facilities, bedrooms, and office. There is a satellite internet connection, as well as a phone and tv, and there is plenty of hot water (although the water supply gets cut off at 8 pm, as otherwise it freezes up the pipes).
Owing to the fact that space is at a premium, the office that I work in also doubles as my bedroom. It does mean that my commute is the sum total of about 30 cm, which I don’t really mind. It certainly is extremely handy!
However, having been here for a day or so, I am feeling more used to the altitude. Last night, I slept appallingly, and this morning, woke up really dehydrated (compounded further by the desert air) with a rotter of a headache. However, my addiction to water has started to wane, and my headache has decided to cut its losses and naff off. Hopefully I’ll sleep much better tonight!