Our Crazy Antarctica Family
An unexpected highlight of our trip way way way down under was the cast of crazy, fascinating, wacky, spectacular, smart, hilarious characters that became our family aboard the Akademik Sergey Vavilov. It had never really occurred to us before, but Antarctica attracts an especially awesome crowd of people.
These are people who value experiences above all else, people who treasure exotic destinations, wildlife, extraordinary landscapes and adventure. These people – both passengers and crew – are living a dream to sail to the edges of the earth. They don’t end up here by accident; they end up here because they think a bit differently from the average Joe. Throw in some zodiacs and a hula-hoop artist and you’ve got yourself one heck of a good time.
One of the most shocking moments of the trip was when we discovered that two passengers already knew us. One night over dinner, when I happened to mention that we were travel bloggers, Rosemary and Philip casually commented that their friends Malcolm and Sue had just hiked Ausangate in Peru with two travel bloggers. (Uh yeah, that was us!!!) And just like our Ausangate companions, Rosemary and Philip were using their retired years for some seriously impressive adventures. (I mean, really people, what are they putting in the water in Britain? Can we get some of that for the U.S. and Germany?)
From the moment we stepped onto the boat, it felt like we were traveling with friends. It started with introductions in the Vavilov’s observation lounge and continued from there. We talked and laughed and kayaked and climbed. We sipped pisco sours and enjoyed the views from the world’s greatest jacuzzi. We hula-hooped in an icy wilderness and plunged into polar waters. We dined indoors and barbecued on deck. We revelled in the joys of Antarctica as one giant Antarctic family. 🙂