We started talking about it over a year ago during our trip to Ushuaia, Argentina, nicknamed “The End of the World.”  Located on the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, the southernmost tip of South America, this windswept town is surrounded by the spectacular Martial Mountains and Beagle Channel.  It is the gateway to Antarctica cruises.  We visited there last February as part of our tour of Patagona and Brazil.  Seeing the Antarctica cruise ships in the harbor and knowing we already had a trip to Mongolia (Asia) planned we began a conversation about seeing all 7 continents together.  One year later, almost to the day, we boarded Poseidon Expeditions ice breaker, M/V Sea Spirit on February 7, 2019 to begin the adventure of a lifetime. 

Following is a copy of our amazing itinerary.  There is simply no way to write about each stop along the way.  Of course for me the highlight was the first time we actually stepped onto the continent of Antarctica at Portal Point (3) below.  The thrill of reaching the 7th continent with Rafael in the 3 and 1/2 years we have known each other was not quite all I had built up to be in my mind, but it was still one of the most memorable experiences of your time together.  One I will never forget. 

What did exceeded all expectations I had prior to boarding the boat was the wonderful people we meet from all over the world.  Some who have become friends.  The two that stand our the most are Eva and Elvo.  Work friends traveling together they made everyday a pleasure with their quick wit and honest approach to life.  Of course there are others,  Suzanne Brown from Jerusalem, Patricia from Netherlands and Iris Li from Hong Kong, China, who I will see on my trip there in May and Nata Lie, who I will see this month during my trip to Berlin. All incredible people who shared and incredible experience along with 114 others from all over the world.  Of course I must also mention my travel agent, Maggie Olsen who was able to join us on the trip and became a good friend of us both too.  

A true highlight of the trip with having meals with Eva and Elvo (and Juan in this picture) because we all always had 2 entrees and 2 deserts.

There was a ting workout room onboard that we both spent time in trying to work off those calories.  I for one can let go of any burden I am carrying around with my tunes cranked up and working out.  This tiny workout space was a lifesaver for me.  I am not good at confined spaces and onboard was definitely CONFINED.  Truly, grateful for this tiny retreat, even during rough weather.

Of course I came home with hundreds of photos taken with my new Sony a6500 purchased specifically for this trip.  I wasn’t disappointed, but found the “photographer” experience so fun I traded it in when I got home on a full frame Sony a7Rii.  (Be sure to check out my next post from SE Asia for pictures it I got with it).  Below are a few of my good ones from this trip.  there is no way to include them all.

 

Camping on the continent and the polar plunge were “must do’s” and we did.

I was so excited to do the plunge, I was freezing before hitting the water, but Rafael with his usual enthusiasm for life dove right in.  Literally!

Looking back, even with the tense moments it was one of the best trips fo my life.  I will cherish these memories with Rafael and new friends all my life.