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Renee and Gentoo penguins
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Elizabeth Conway
And Antarctica brought it enthusiastically to the surface. Here's just a few of the species I can add to my developing bird-log: Magellanic Woodpecker (spotted during our hike in Tierra del Fuego …
Dinner with great folks in Ushuaia
Author
Elizabeth Conway
Both Julia and Renee and eight other passengers went sea kayaking during our trip -- and at least one of them was able to bring a lucky charm through customs. In one afternoon, the kayakers had …
Julia and Renee in the twisted landscape of the park
Author
Elizabeth Conway
A member of our expedition team, Russian born Valdimir has taken over 120 expeditions to Antarctica (each that included roughly 4 days in the Drake). Needless to say, we were in very capable and …
A beautiful day trip just outside of Ushuaia.
Author
Elizabeth Conway
One of our expedition staff grew up in Owatonna, MN - just a hop-skip-and-a-jump away from my hometown. And, as we boarded the ship, Renee was reunited with a former professor!
Glaciers and icebergs collide!
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Julia Kocubinski
Another day of trying to make it to some lectures. Unfortunately, the hardest part of the boat for me happened to be the lecture room. It was towards the front of the boat and so seemed to rock much …
Best tasted the local fungus -- odd texture...
Author
Elizabeth Conway
When we were camping at Paradise Bay, the curious penguins decided to visit us at all hours of the night -- literally right outside the tent -- and practice their best squawk. Other visitors that …
Suprisingly calm Drake Passage on the way to Antarctica
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Julia Kocubinski
Ugh... the Drake Passage. Tried to eat some food, get some fresh air, and listen to several of the lectures that were offered today. Mostly did some sleeping, a little reading, and wandering the ship …
Adventure Lifers go canoing at Tierra del Fuego
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Elizabeth 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) …
Polar Star and Ocean Nova getting ready for their next trip
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Julia Kocubinski
Today was a nice leisurely day with Rebecca in Ushuaia. We wandered the streets, did a little shopping and in the afternoon headed to the pier. After saying goodbye to to Rebecca, we boarded the bus …
The parks packs a punch -- as Beth tries to illustrate
Author
Elizabeth Conway
Volcanic activity -- BAH! Don't let that steam rising off of the shoreline fool you; the polar plunge was as freezing as it was fun! I suppose, however, that large floating pieces of ice in the bay …
Canoeing in Tierra del Fuego National Park
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Julia Kocubinski
We headed out this morning and were picked up by the boys at Canal Fun for a day of canoeing and hiking in Tierra del Fuego National Park. We canoed in the morning, all four of us in an inflatable …
Adventure Lifers tackle the national park
Author
Elizabeth Conway
The short answer is it has to do with the the light spectrum, and the way light is filtered through the ice. The thicker the ice, the more blue-green color it displays. Regardless of what our on …
Beautiful sun over the Antarctic waters
Author
Julia Kocubinski
We arrived this morning in Buenos Aires. Beth and I took a cab into the city to explore around a little while we waited for Renee's plane to arrive. Neither of us had much sleep the night before, …
As of 7PM Ushuaia time, the Kapitan Khlibnikov remains trapped in the ice near Snow Hill - making it 6 days, I believe, of being stuck. In the mean time, I continue to explore Ushuaia. Today and …
Highly recommend time in the park before an Antarctica trip
Author
Elizabeth Conway
Not once, but twice, I missed a close encounter with humpback whales. As my zodiac was taking me to shore, a humpback visited others right outside the ship's gangway. And the kayakers where greeted …
Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion
Author
Mary Curry
We woke early for the metro ride back to the airport and the 20 hour journey home. Unfortunately, the airlines in the US were not as generous and we had to buy our own food for all of the flights …
Polar Icebreaker, Kapitan Khlebnikov by Henny Miltenburg That's right -- one of the only passenger icebreakers in operation -- the Kapitan Khelbnikov -- has announced it will end its career as an …
Author
Mary Curry
This morning, we were transferred to the airport by our tour coordinator. I was really impressed by their service throughout. At the airport, they had someone waiting for us to speed us through check …
Aphrodite sculpture in Natl Archaeological Museum of Athens
Author
Mary Curry
Today, we were driven through the crazy Cairo traffic to two of the most extravagant mosques from the Middle Ages. I was asked to wear a green sack-like garment to enter but no head covering. The …
Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion
Author
Mary Curry
This morning we were greeted at the hotel by our Egypt operator including a tour coordinator, guide, and driver for the two of us. They drove us to the Meridien Pyramids to check into our room …
Author
Mary Curry
We were very late disembarking today as we waited until 11am for their immigration officials to come onboard and finish our forms. Once we finally disembarked, we made a hurried tour of Alexandria …
Temple to protector of childbirth outside Athens
Author
Mary Curry
This morning, nearly a third of our ship was ill with stomach issues, likely from the Syrian food. Fortunately, this was a day at sea so we all had time to rest up. We took a bridge tour with …
Temple at Brauron
Author
Mary Curry
We had a large buffet breakfast with lots of Middle Eastern fare (salads, cheeses, olives, hummus) as well as American favorites. We then visited the Great Collonade, agor, and palace baths of …
Author
Mary Curry
We arrived pierside to the industrial port of Tartus this morning. The Syrian Immigration officials boarded our ship including three masked health officers. These health officers watched us disembark …


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