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Awesome Antarctica

My journey to the land of ice that changed my perspective of the amazing continent!

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The Drake Passage: Taking seasick prevention pills and putting on a patch.
Author
Erin Correia
Finally!  It was time to board the Sea Spirit! We met at the park, boarded buses and were taken to the gangway.  The excited crew shuffled us along as we checked in and were taken to …
Tierra del Fuego National Park- the southern most national park in the world!
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Erin Correia
Have we noticed a theme yet? After making the most of our first day in Ushuaia by touring the brewery, we crammed a tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park into the morning of our embarkation day - …
Cape Horn Brewery- So fresh and tasty!
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Erin Correia
My family enjoys drinking.  This is sort of an Irish fact, but we Briertys (my maiden name) take it very seriously. My dad and I used to bring home strange liquers from our travels to drink …
The cathedral in Buenos Aires that the new pope is from!
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Erin Correia
I left Missoula at 7 PM on Wednesday and arrived in Buenos Aires at 5 AM on Friday.  The two days of travel were exhausting, and I slept about an hour total on all of my flights, so our first …
Polar Plunge: So close!
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Erin Correia
I had heard tales of taking the "polar plunge", but it usually involved a 2 second dip into arctic waters, or running in from a beach and then jumping in a hot spring.  After our final …
Almirante Brown Station: On top of the mountain!!
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Erin Correia
We had been in Antarctica for 4 days now, but we still had not set foot on the actual continent.  For fellow checklisters out there, this was an important aspect of the trip, and not one that …
A closer look at the Leopard Seal.
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Erin Correia
I think there is something wrong with me.  When it comes to wild animals and "experiencing" nature, I wasn't really born with that little warning bell that goes off inside your …
The waters were finally calm enough for the kayakers! Go team Kayak!
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Erin Correia
This daily announcement brought pangs of jealousy to 95% of the passengers on our cruise, but for the lucky 5% who got to be a part of the special little clique than everyone else on board envied, it …
Stunning views at Pleneau Island
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Erin Correia
I have to be honest.  Antarctica never really appealed to me as a beautiful place to visit.  I wanted to go there to check off my 6th continent and to see millions of penguins.  Snow? …
My brother collected an iceberg while on his tour of Pleneau Island
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Erin Correia
You always hear about life on the ice and the amazing experiences everyone has with the penguins and the snow.  But what about life on board the ship? I'll admit, I didn't see much of …
Gentoo penguin on Petermann Island
Author
Erin Correia
As we made our way to Petermann Island, the rain turned to snow and it felt more like we were in Antarctica.  The landing site was completely covered in penguins and we all wandered around it …
Experience some rough seas that prevented landings so we whale watched from the ship
Author
Erin Correia
You imagine snow and ice in Antarctica, especially as the winter is starting to roll back in.  Rain is not what I expected, but that is exactly what we got for the next day. We arrived at …
Barrientos Island
Author
Erin Correia
And just like that, the first iceberg was spotted and we were in Antarctic waters!  It was much sunnier and warmer than I would have imagined!  We enjoyed beautiful views on deck as we …

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