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.
- 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.
- 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.
- In GDP per capita terms, about Latvia, give or take some camera equipment.
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.