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Antarctica Trip: Ten Things Antarctica Taught Me

Adventure Lifers go canoing at Tierra del FuegoAdventure Lifers go canoing at Tierra del Fuego (Beth Conway)
Our ship, the Lyubov Orlova, is named after a famous Russian actress. It is a tightly-run ship with passionate crew. Our daily agendas (which showed up in our cabins each night like clock-work) included a "Russian word of the day." I did an excellent job butchering the language, but returned home with Spasiba (thank you), Zdravstvuite (hello) and Dobre Utra (good morning) in my vocabulary. The Russian staff and crew were charming and accommodating. They even treated us to a performance at the end of our voyage.

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