I became immortal in coldest, wildest, driest and most remote continent on earth, the mighty Antarctica.
Antarctica was my seventh continent. I had accomplished my sole goal of life
travel to all 7 continents. I was exuberant that I had visited all continents on earth.
Exploration in Antarctica is not just geographical, I experienced inner exploration as well. Antarctica was an experience of love and lyrics for me. My heart was filled with emotions. I felt like writing poems.
Continent Antarctica is as close to purity as one can imagine on our planet earth.
Let me take you to my Antarctica odyssey. In brief. Laced in emotions. And pictorial.
In Antarctica, only expedition ships with capacity between 50 to 200 passengers are permitted to sail. I was euphoric when I boarded my expedition ship, in the southernmost city of the of world, Ushuaia, in Argentina. Then surviving the hostile drake passage, the violent stretch of ocean between South America and Antarctica.
And the blessed day. My first zodiac landing in Antarctica continent. I set my eyes on penguins. Countless penguins everywhere. I hiked to all set points for penguin viewing. Spent lot of time observing their movements. Lovingly watched them strutting through snow.
Many cruise landings on different islands over several days. Gazed at the sculpted beauty of magnificent icebergs.
And the glory of midnight sun. I tell you sun never sets for six months of summer in continent Antarctica.
Not to forget the volcanic Antarctica. Ash layered glaciers. Intertwined patterns. Again a charisma of nature I witnessed in mighty Antarctica.
Saw good looking seals lazing around. At one point I was so close, extended my hand saying, ‘hey handsome’ and he responded with grand smile.
White continent Antarctica. Snow white panorama and snow white bird. Absolute stunner. Merging in Antarctica landscape, she was Snow Petrel. The most beautiful bird of continent Antarctica, I saw during my expedition
Have a glimpse of my daring polar plunge.
And the lively Christmas mood on board.
If you want to know about human life in Antarctica, you will be disappointed. That way Antarctica is like an alien planet. Here in the name of humans we have just two categories. First category belongs to researchers in scientific stations of different countries. Second category belongs to travelers on expedition. Occupants of research stations live within their facilities in Antarctica. And travelers stay in their ship as there is no hotel or any other facility to stay anywhere in Antarctica. Though they can visit a research base as I did.
Continent Antarctica is regulated by Antarctic Treaty, in force since year 1959. Antarctica is the only continent on earth where all nations work in harmony under Antarctica treaty.
Few glimpses of my Antarctica odyssey in this short video. Enjoy.
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