Blogs from Antarctica


Antarctica April 30th 2015

I’m pretty sure there aren’t any actually unicorns to be found anymore, except on that one Noah’s Arc game I used to play at Godfather’s pizzeria when I didn’t like pizza, and in The movie The Last Unicorn which I watched in the theaters and first realized that a unicorn was not, in fact, a Thanksgiving decoration. And so I’m not talking about finding a real live unicorn (though I reserve the right to still look every now and again), I’m talking about that which we think cannot be attained. Isn’t that what a bucket list is, anyway? And just like that game I used to play, every now and again, you get the Unicorn, and bring it back to Noah’s Arc just in time, and it’s possible to imagine a whole new world, one that ... read more

Antarctica April 14th 2015

I’ve noticed the older I get the more fear I collect. When I was younger, jumping off a cliff into water was fun. Now it sounds terrifying. I remember my brother and I used to freak my mom out by standing too close to the railing of hotel room balconies. She would tell us to step back, her knees were shaking. I laughed then. I get it now. So many of the things I used to want to do when I was younger like skydiving, bungee jumping, or more cliff diving, I now have no desire to do. Fear has taken over. But one thing I still want to do, and I believe, right now, I am not too afraid to do, is take a hot air balloon ride. I’m not sure why I haven’t developed ... read more

The Adventures of Teddy. ‘Teddy, Monkey, Bunny and Noodles are four friends who live in a lovely place called Green World. But lately, Evil Cloud has been covering the land, making it difficult to live and play. Teddy, who once journeyed to the South Pole, recalls a magical land called Antarctica. “It is a land of peace” Teddy tells his friends, “it’s cold and beautiful.” “Oh my goodness gracious me” gasped Monkey. “Gosh golly” piped Bunny. “Holy macaroni” yelled Noodles. So they decided to embark on a journey together to the land of ice in the south. “But Antarctica is a far and distant land, so how will we get there?” Monkey asked, as he chomped and slopped at his over-ripe banana. “Fret not.” Teddy squeaked, in a cackling rasp. “We will obtain a ship – ... read more
Black-browed Albatross
The Tabular Berg
Volcanic Valley

Antarctica » Antarctica » South Shetland Islands February 23rd 2015

Hi to all of our loyal blog followers. It's always great to learn new words and phrases in different languages and with an all Chinese charter, learning was inevitable! My counting in Mandarin has greatly improved for example. Prior to the trip I could quite confidently count to nothing in Mandarin, now I can count to six... I can even say 'once, twice, sold'.. Eetze, artze, maila! Please and thanks, good morning and seal. Rocks and kettle, cold and look... 春節 I can not read any of it though. The writing is very complicated and has thousands of characters. It's interesting that the Chinese writing system is so complex yet the Chinese eating system, with chopsticks, is simple... Curious... Anyway... The Year of the Horse I've just spent another three weeks in the Antarctic on board ... read more
Whaler's Bay
Fur Seal in the Steam
Humpback Fluke

Antarctica » Antarctica January 30th 2015

Greetings from down south! I've been to the Antarctic twice since I last blogged and both trips were amazing and both trips visited very different places. The first voyage headed as far south as ice conditions would allow us! It was bright daylight! I was dressed in a lovely pink onesie and accompanied by Wonder Woman as we crossed the Antarctic Circle at 00:45. At 66°33’S, we were at the latitude on the planet that gets at least one day per year when the sun never sets and one when the sun never rises. Those days, of course, would be on the solstices. The exaggerated mid-summer light continued through all hours of the night as we delved deeper south and explored the sea ice of Marguerite Bay! We almost got to the seventieth parallel, but an ... read more
 The Otherworldly Icescape
 Chinstrap Chicks
Squawking at the Sheathbill

Antarctica » Antarctica January 16th 2015

Es hat ein paar Tage gedauert, aber nun steht der Antarktis Blog mit vielen Fotos und zwei eigenen Videos! Wir sind am späteren Nachmittag mit unserem Gepäck und viel zusätzlichem Proviant zum Hafen spaziert, wo die Plancius und das Expeditionsteam bereits auf uns warteten. Als erstes haben wir unsere Kabine bezogen, welche zu unserem Erstaunen eine Suite war. Offensichtlich hatten wir Glück und wurden upgraded. Schon bald haben wir den Hafen Richtung Antarktis verlassen und als erstes Stand der Rettungsdrill auf dem Programm: Schwimmweste holen, anziehen und raus zum Rettungsboot. Glücklicherweise war dies nur eine einmalige Übung und dabei blieb es auch auf der ganzen Fahrt. Es schien eine ganz tolle Reise zu werden, denn schon nach 2 h im Beagle Channel haben wir die ersten Delfine gesichtet. Es war eine ganz seltene Rasse und sogar ... read more
Antarktis 2
Antarktis 3
Antarktis 4

Antarctica » Antarctica January 8th 2015

…Pebbles and Squabbles… I arrived at the world’s most southerly city at the bottom end of Argentina after a twenty-odd hour journey from Miami. The sun was shining and the mountains of the far south were dazzling! I rested and took it easy, at least that was my plan, until I saw a Dragoman Truck!!! For those who do not know, I worked for Dragoman, driving overland trucks from London, England to Cape Town, South Africa via all the national parks, historic sites and major cities en route! From Salzburg to Istanbul, the Syrian ruins of Palmyra, Jordan’s Petra, Cairo’s Giza, the whirling dervishes of Sudan, the Mursi of Ethiopia, animals amok in Kenya, Tanzanian Islands and Malawi’s highlands. With thousands of Zambian kwacha and hundreds of trillions of Zimbabwean dollars we bribed our way through ... read more
Base A
Chinstrap Penguins

Antarctica » Antarctica November 27th 2014

Awesome, incredible, beautiful, breathtaking, stunning, magnificent, striking…… One cannot find enough words, or better said the right words to describe Antarctica. One of the most beautiful and memorable places I have stepped foot on so far. And one of the reason why this travel blog entry is so late is that I simply had to digest this adventure for a long time as it is truly one of the most amazing things I have done so far in my life. But let’s start from the end of my last entry…….. I wrote my last blog entry on the 4th of November so I had 3 days to kill until I had to join the cruise to Antarctica. And there isn’t really much to do in Ushuaia. While it is one of the most southern city/town in ... read more
Penguins - Antarctica
Landscape - Antarctica

Heads up! The Perseid meteor showers flash across skies annually in August when the Earth passes through debris trails of shattered comets. Set to peak Aug. 11-13, this year's event coincides with a Supermoon, a moon that shines 30 percent brighter than a normal full moon. The Supermoon will begin to reach fullness on Sunday, Aug. 10. Furthermore: While the Supermoon, more traditionally referred to as a perigee full Moon, will be 14 percent clearer than a full moon and brighten the skies to a heightened level, the increase in light will make for trickier viewing of the meteor shower. Perseids are considered the prime meteor shower of the year due to the length of the wakes of light and color that trails behind them making for a compelling show on Earth. The moon's expanded brightness ... read more
Been there!

Antarctica » Temp June 18th 2014

Cuban Blog Day 4 Don’t Speak the Language and Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover I decided I didn’t need more than one more day in the city as the guide had suggested. I was ready to get to the beach, but as I needed to reserve a bus for the journey on, I had one more day in Santiago. I woke early and ate my pizza from the dinner the night before and wrote in the morning. I then went walking in the direction of the cemetery. I found a bicitaxi who took me the rest of the way, which was good because I was lost and it turned out to me much farther than I’d thought. It’d been threatening to rain all morning. I walked around the cemetery, found the mausoleum ... read more

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