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antarctica is a GO

i arrived here in ushuaia ("the city at the end of the world!") yesterday morning at 7:30am, bleary-eyed from my 5:30am flight from buenos aires and the sleepless night i had walking around the streets (and restaurants) of the city killing time until i was ready to head to the airport. good thing i waited in the city of buenos aires, because buenos aires airport has very little to offer the bored traveller at 2am. (i'd arrived in BA from rio at around 8pm, so i had about 8 hours to kill before my connecting flight to ushuaia).

after stumbling out the front door of my hostel (the aptly named FreeStyle hostel, which is suprisingly well-kept for a hostel and a great place to stay) yesterday afternoon after a brief nap, it turns out that located exactly across the street from the front door of the hostel was the travel agent recommended to me a month ago by some backpackers who had booked their trip to antarctica through them (they give you free rental of all the extra weatherproof gear you need to get in antarctica, which is a great savings).

since i'd been determined to not pre-plan my antarctic journey, and just show up in ushuaia and try to hop on a discounted last-minute fare for a ship leaving soon, i was a little nervous about whether or not i'd actually make it on a ship. but travelling solo means that i don't have to answer to anyone else when things don't work out, and i love just winging it and seeing what happens.

so i headed inside of the travel agency and after a brief chat, i left with a list of 5 ships with available berths going on tours of Antarctica within the next week that i could book through them. after lots of diligent online research, i finally ended up deciding to go with a ship run by the antarctic firm that had been recommended to me already by several people -- Quark Expeditions. i'm headed out on March 2nd on the Lyubov Orlova (my favorite feature: "There is a well stocked bar on board, staffed by a professional bartender, in the late morning, afternoon and evening.") for a 12-day trip down to the Antarctic Peninsula. i just picked up the confirmation papers and pre-trip documentation today, so it is definitely on!

i have no idea what i'll do for the next several days here while i wait to leave for antarctica -- but since there are a ton of nature-related things to do around here, i'm sure i won't be left without anything to do. and MAN, am i ever excited to visit the seventh (and final) continent of our planet and my trip.

Comments (5)

Nathan Arnold:

Wow, this sounds great (though last I checked there were only five continents)

Nathan Arnold:

what a massive brain fart that was... Seven continents, five oceans. Ooops. It must be early and I've been knee deep in search code -- that'll mess with your mind.


thanks nathan! i'll let you off the hook on that one, since i wasn't totally sure myself until i asked wikipedia, which as we all know is the vendor of absolute truth.

hope to see you when i get back to the bay area!


Yea! Oh Andy, I'm so envious and happy for you. I have a favor to ask: Toast me in that on-board bar on March 3rd - My Birthday! You will actively be doing one of the things I hope to do before I die so Hurrah Hurray for you! I'll toast you up here in SF. Have a wonderful time...xoA


anneke: i did indeed toast you in the bar for your birthday. too bad i missed you on my last visit to sf -- but i'll see you when i return to the bay area!

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