FAQ – My Antarctica Trip

I’m going to add more detail in the coming days and weeks, but here are some quick answers to the most frequently asked questions.


  • Setting foot on every continent has been on my “bucket list” since I was a teenager. For those counting, was before the Internet.
  • To gain first hand experience with an extreme environment; a subject I teach in Grade 6 Science.
  • Penguins are cool.

Why now?

  • My 50th birthday is in June. The trip is a gift from my Mrs.
  • Antarctica is the one continent that is difficult to visit if you have mobility issues later in life, so better sooner than later.
  • A confluence of other circumstances made the timing just seem right.
  • Why not?

Alone or with your wife?

  • Alone. Besides being an expensive trip, Antarctica violates the “too frickin’ cold” clause in our couples travel agreement.

Travel dates?

  • I leave February 6th and return February 25th, if that was what you meant. Otherwise, see previous answer.

What? That’s only three weeks. Why are you off from January to September?

  • The only way to do the trip was to take a personal leave. I intend to use the remaining time to write. I currently have two non-fiction books I should be working on, which explains why I am writing this unrelated blog post.

What tour company?

  • Quark Expeditions aboard the Sea Spirit. It is a corporeal cruise ship, for those paying attention.

How much?

Can I come?

  • Actually yes. I am in a triple accommodation suite and last I heard there might have been room. Call Quark. Note: I am bringing earplugs and they are not for me. Consider yourself warned.

Any side-trips planned?

  • I hope to visit my lovely daughter in Montevideo, Uruguay when I stop over in Buenos Aries on my return trip.
  • Does Newark count?

Can you bring me a penguin?

  • No. Just no. Who do I look like, Mr. Popper? I will try to take pictures though.


Greg Tjosvold is a teacher, writer, and innovator. One of the first to crowdsource his biography, he is apparently 12 ft tall, has no body fat, is always polite, and is the only living recipient of an Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Stanley Cup, Pulitzer, and two Nobel prizes (Economics and Break Dancing). He is currently reevaluating the merits of crowdsourcing.

He is the father of two amazing children and currently lives with his wonderful wife in the wilds of suburban Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.