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2008 Dec by Gerald Zelko
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I have long had a goal to reach all 7 continents in my lifetime. In June of this year I was on a plane coming home from Australia (#6 lifetime). I was looking forward to my next trip at the end of 2009 to Egypt (giving me Africa for my 7th continent) and the Middle East. Then I realized that upcoming trip would give me 6 continents in 1 year. I had just been to South America and Antarctica in December of 2008. The only one missing was Europe. So I scheduled a stop in Amsterdam to see a friend on the way to Cairo. I just returned home to California.|
Here's my list:
1) December 8, 2008 - Antarctica (Chilean Research Base)
2) December 8, 2008 - South America (Punta Arenas, Chile)
3) December 13, 2008 - North America (California)
4) June 12, 2009 - Australia (Brisbane)
5) November 10, 2009 - Europe (Amsterdam)
6) November 12, 2009 - Africa (Cairo)
7) November 15, 2009 - Asia (Amman, Jordan)
On this most recent trip I visited Cairo and Luxor in Egypt. Adventured on to Jordan for stops in Petra and the Dead Sea. Then flew to Dubai to see the biggest man-made objects in the world. I finished in India with visits to Delhi, Varanasi, Agra, Jaipur and Udaipur.
The best part of this most recent trip is I got to see 3 of the modern wonders of the world: Giza Pyramids, Petra and the Taj Mahal.
I'm feeling that I have cheated Africa on a proper visit but that will be solved in 2010. Off to Cape Town for a World Cup match and then on to Tanzania for safari in the Serengeti and to Rwanda for mountain gorilla trekking.
How many others are in the 7 in 1 year club?
2002 Jan by Jorge Sanchez
In order to get to Antarctica on the cheap I had to wait almost a whole week in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. Every day I used to visit several travel agencies asking the same question: Will be today any ship offering dumping prices for the Antarctica?And finally one day the cruise Marco Polo had some empty cabins at 50 % of their official cost: 2300 US dollars (instead of over 5000 dollars) for a 10 days cruise to the Antarctica Peninsula and South Shetland islands, territory claimed by three countries: Argentina, Chile and England.Several backpackers from Japan, Israel and Germany, together with me, boarded the luxurious Marco Polo. In the restaurants all the customers had very elegant clothes and ordered very expensive French and Spanish wines for dinner, while we wore jeans and old jackets and always asked for free water from the tap for our meals. For that reason the waiters had to find a special table for us, separated from the rest of the tourists, in order not to disturb that elitist atmosphere.But we really enjoyed the trip and stopped in one Chilean base called Gabriel Gonzalez Videla, where their scientific people were very happy to speak Spanish with me; they stamped my passport and sold me a certificate stating that I had been in Antarctica. We also called in several other islands, such as Deception, to observe the penguins and other animals.We were told that in Antarctica waters live so many krills that their weight is six times superior to that of all the human beings together (and we already are around 7 thousand millions souls in this small planet!).It took us two full days to cross the Drake passage until we saw land (well, ice). The most fantastic view was that of the Lemaire channel. Every time when the captain observed whales, he announced it through the loud speakers, and immediately almost all the tourists of the Marco Polo (about 400) went out to the deck with their cameras to film the animals.The food was really incredible delicious and we could eat seven times a day, what we did (the backpackers only). Every evening there were carnivals on the main saloon, shows, lectures about the history of Antarctica, casino, games, girls dancing salsa music, etc.It was such an unforgettable travel experience that presently I am saving money to go back to Antarctica in the near future, but next time I will travel from New Zealand.Chilean Antarctic DocumentI bought a beautiful cardboard certificate, with my name in it, for just 1 US dollar in the Chilean Antarctic base, in Bahia Paraiso.The author of the poem, called "La Araucana", is Alonso de Ercilla y Zuniga, a spanish soldier, poet, erudite and humanist, from a noble family in Madrid, who lived in Chile during the XVI century. He served the Spanish king Felipe II in Madrid before embarking to America.La Araucana is the first Great American Epic, and the most famous of the Spanish Renaissance. It is dedicated to the brave araucan people who fought with fierceness against the Spanish conquistadores. |
1991 Jan by Amador Garcia-Prades
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We have travelled around the five continents, Europe, Asia, America and Oceania, but we had not yet set foot in the sixth continent, Antarctica. Therefore we decided to go there in the year 1991.|
We started in Punta Arenas, Chile, boarding the ship Ocean Princess. After a few days navigation we reached the Antarctic continent. We saw seals, whales, penguins, icebergs… and found a fascinating world. In Deception island we had a bath. We also called in several scientific bases.
That journey was a great experience.