Reality television producers could not have made this up. 90 people from 20 nations on a vessel for 12 days headed to Antarctica. The expedition included a French revolution, a night camping in catabolic winds and a charging fur seal. It was AWESOME! My expectation was that my brother and I would be playing Bingo and eating dinner at 5pm every night. Our presence onboard the M/V Plancius would bring the average age down by at least 20 years. Fortunately, that was not the case. We had a mixed age group that was seeking adventure and kinship. For many of us, stepping foot on Antarctica was a reason to celebrate because it meant we had traveled to all seven continents. For others, it was a way to connect with their ancestors that chartered the icy seas centuries ago. Regardless of one’s reason, the level of excitement was paramount.
Antarctica is not the first place that comes to mind when deciding on where to travel next, at least not for me. Really - how can birds, ice and rough seas captivate somebody for two weeks? It took a bit of persuasion from my brother to convince me that it was worth the trip. I was more enthralled with the idea of sunning on Brazilian beaches. But, I am so glad that I listened to my younger brother (that may be the second time in his life that he had gotten something right) because it one of the best times that I have ever had. Be sure to check out the blogs for a few funny stories and insight into the expedition.
Read more about our experience on our blog.