I started thinking about going to Antarctica in 2009-2010 when Arctic Trucks started going there regularly. I was 14-15 years old, and I looked closely at the cars, tried to drive an all-wheel drive SUV. And for me, back then, the work of Arctic Trucks was something incredible and unattainable. So this idea has been in my head ever since. In 2016, I received an offer to go there and did not hesitate for a second.
Antarctica is a very special place, it gives you such a sense of tranquility. There is no need to worry that bills have not been paid, and about everything else that makes up our usual daily lives. Here, you have a goal, and all your actions are aimed at realizing this goal. Life is much easier here. This is an escape from social networks, from the familiar world. Yes, while you are here, you do not think it is something particularly interesting and cool, but when you return, you only think of how good it was there and how much you want to return. So, I'm ready to go there as long as there is the opportunity to do so.
Of course, for work like this you need to know yourself very well—to understand your priorities. It seems to me that it is good for everyone to find themself in a situation one day where the only thing they have to worry about is their survival.
And before Antarctica, I understood that being alone was not a problem for me. I worked for a long time at a mountain camp during the winter, and there were almost no people there, only on weekends were there occasional guests. I think my trips to Antarctica greatly influenced the way I began to spend my time at home. Here, it seems that so much is happening, that you miss so much, and then you return home and realize that nothing happened in three months, the light in the living room still does not burn. Three months is so little time, on the one hand, but on the other hand, during this time you can get so much done if you are organized and focused, and not spending a ton of time, for example, on social networks.