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Antarctica #8 – Plenty of penguins and whales

Dear friends, This will be my last blog from the Antarctic Peninsula, as after this day we just had the long way north across the Drake Passage to Ushuaia before disembarking and heading back to Buenos Aires. Having travelled only a short distance north from the day before we had a morning excursion to the [...]

Antarctica #7 – Rough seas and seals

Dear friends, We had a fairly rough passage up the west coast of Adelaide Island overnight and through the morning, so it was quite exciting to spend a little time up on the bridge and watch the waves breaking over the prow and often splashing right up over the windows. But when we came into [...]

Antarctica #6 – Paddling, plunging and rocking

Dear friends, A recap on where we have got to on our Antarctic adventure - the last blog was about Red Rock Ridge and Stonington Island which was the furthest south we venture into waters at 68 degrees south. We then travelled north for two more stops - Horseshoe Island and Bourgeois Fjord, marked 4 [...]

Antarctica #5 – South of the Antarctic Circle

Dear friends, After our transverse of the Lemaire Channel and our zodiac zipping through the Iceberg Garden, we traveled further south overnight and all through the following morning.  We passed more and more huge icebergs and even witnessed a few calving. A chunk of this iceberg cracking of the left end, and creating a dramatic [...]

Ushuaia & Tierra del Fuego National Park

Dear Friends, In January, together with my cousin Sarah, I embarked on an exciting adventure, travelling from Auckland, NZ to Buenos Aires then south to Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina before embarking on the 'Ocean Endeavour' for an expedition to the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula.  A journey of a lifetime, and [...]

USA #3 – Lake Champlain and the road trip

Dear friends, It's amazing what you can fit into a week if you are with energetic and generous friends. Rada and Steve have a beautiful house right on the shore of Lake Champlain in Upper New York State, and although I am not generally an early riser, getting up before six am to view the [...]

Madagascar #8 – Chama, Chama, chameleon … and more

Dear friends, I thought this would be my final blog, but realized that there is just to much to show from our last few wonderful days in Madagascar. After flying back from the south and our visits to Fort Dauphin and Berenty Private Reserve, we had an overnight stay in Antananarivo, and then set off [...]

Visiting Patara Elephant Farm

Dear friends, Just a 40-minute drive from my house is one of the best-managed elephant camps of the many, some 60 in fact, in the area around Chiang Mai in the north of Thailand. As part of my own continuing education about the welfare of captive elephants, I spent the morning there, observing, talking with the [...]

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