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I'm surprised how few people want to visit Antarctica
It's just the pits to have irreplaceable treasures pinched.
Yeah, and does anyone ever get around to rewriting lost journals. Is it even possible to rewrite them. You write them in the first place, while you are so strongly experiencing something......
I used to keep mine in my Hotmail account. The Hotmail people deleted a lot of the ones from 10 years ago, before server space became so available.
the reason I get hired to truck rock bands about is because I'm not remotely interested in doing it!...hassle them.
Like the reason so many women choose to hang around gay men. ;) Reply to this
If the Antarctica campaign goes south (ha ha) then I shall set off on one of my usual aimless winter trips. Last year I flew to Sri Lanka without even booking my first night's accommodation. I forget that I'm an adult sometimes..
And thanks Alan and Donna. I know, if only Antarctica wasn't so expensive! A double-edged sword: numbers are therefore restricted but, on the down side, only the rich can go.. Reply to this
I still have some dastardly tricks up my sleeve to win...
When is the closing date of the competition?
I often dont book my first nights accomodation either. It is better not to in some places. Thailand for example. My winter trip is to Brazil and Uruguay this year. Last years was to India.
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Ooh, Brazil and Uruguay - a splendid adventure. I'll plan something last minute depending on when tours are going out. I usually have a mad day - when brochures fill every inch of bedroom carpet - trying to decide where to go!
Maybe the Trans-Siberian this year - in the depths of winter.. Reply to this
Better luck next time! :)
Trans Siberian it probably is then for you, for this Winter. :)
Trans Siberian is indeed a possibility...but there is now talk of co-writing a comedy drama (about the rock n roll industry) for television. If we get a company interested, the winter will be spent scribbling scripts in front of roaring log fires.
If not, I'll jump on a train to Vladivostock! Win win situation :) Reply to this
I'm sure there are plenty of people on here that would value your advice.. Reply to this
It was a life long goal and I am I am so happy I accomplished it!
Congratulations, on fulfilling your goal! :)
I was looking for a photo of you in Antarctica to post here, but couldnt find one. Do you have a blog about it? If so, would you post a direct link to it here. Reply to this
So, when you were down in Argentina, did you ask around literally the day before, or how did it work? I'm beginning to think this is still possible for me! It does have to be a trip including South Georgia though.. Reply to this
Well, I'm okay with that. I understand 49,000 people visit each year. A few months before I left for my November 2009 expedition, I attended a party at my friendly sailing club. Told everyone about my plans. First person said "that's nice". Second person told me she went 5 months earlier. Third person had gone as part of a National Geographic expedition years ago -- before the nice passenger ships. And the 4th person -- oh my, the 4th person told me his daughter had spent 3 years there at a research center. I was impressed (and humbled).
Maybe you shouldn't ask people who attend music events?
As to some other comments made, oh DO save your money and go on this fabulous journey. It is exquisite and very much worth the cost/investment. Bring some Bonine and don't worry about the Drake Passage aka the Confluence of 2 oceans. We had a lot of fun with the rocking and rolling. Reply to this
I must say.....the best ACDC gigs were before they hit the big time...$2 sneaking in underage to see Bon Scott and a VERY young Angus at the Perth Royal show when they were promoting their TNT album...thats how OLD i am!! There was something to be said for those days...I didnt enjoy the black ice tour because....ACDC morphed into a massive enterprise...from a muso's point of view Pink Floyd are allowed to put on a spectacle and call it a rock n roll show, other bands should stick to music. Wonder how many people would fork out the $$ if it was just like the 80s..few marshall amps stacked up, Bonn in his ripped jeans, couple of spotlights and straight from the gut rock n roll.
Sorry I digress..The antarctica thing. From Perth we have a new years eve flight which leaves...on new years eve...the circle flight over Antarctica is around 6K. From Perth in west Aus its an option of flying to Sydney to meet up with a cruise ship at a cost of around 15K per person.
Ive been trying to get a research position in Antarctica for a couple of years now, Id rather see it that way. From Aus we have quite a few job opps in my field of sciences come up when the Aus McMurdo station programme is running - Ive worked with a couple of people who have been down there working and would LOVE to go. The closest ive managed to get is Herd Island (yes, doing another study on Poo! - I spent five days there at the weather station working out ways to package up human waste and treat it - i have to look for some less sh1tty gigs!).
To spend 13K on a cruise with little time actually ON antartic terra firma doesnt really do it for me...but if thats the only way I can, when I am old I will.
My reasons - cruise ships are an adverse environmental impact on Antarctica. Well, on oceans anywhere actually even though MARPOL have done a lot regarding waste disposal.
When the Australian Antarctic research program is actively seeking staff I apply every year - one day :-)
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