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6 December Rosamel Island and Brown Bluff

6 December Rosamel Island and Brown Bluff

Author Jon Krakauer once said "The thing that is most beautiful about Antarctica for me is the light. It's like no other light on Earth, because the air is so free of impurities. You get drugged by it, like when you listen to one of your favourite songs. The light...

At Sea sailing towards Antarctic Peninsula

At Sea sailing towards Antarctic Peninsula

"Life is like the ocean. It can be calm or still, and rough or rigid. But in the end, it is always beautiful." Unknown writerIt is often said that rough seas are the tax we pay to visit this magnificent place. Certainly the past 24 hours have seen us weather very...

At sea heading towards Elephant Island

At sea heading towards Elephant Island

"At a time when it is possible for 30 people to stand on top of Everest in one day, Antarctica still remains a remote, lonely and desolate place. A place where it is possible to see the splendours and immensities of the natural world at its most dramatic and, what's...

Cruising and talks en route to South Orkneys

Cruising and talks en route to South Orkneys

Dawn broke on a calm, gently rolling ocean, and beautiful weather. It has been a wonderfully calm Drake thus far. Today we exchanged waterproof pants and boots for those wishing for a better fit. It is a great opportunity to interact with guests and get to know them a...

En route to South Orkneys

En route to South Orkneys

Having decided to move on from Fugitives' Drift, and not wanting to be perceived as a one-trick pony, I began actively researching stories of early Antarctic Exploration, with the fervent hope of getting invited to go to Antarctica on ships one day. Stories of Captain...

Buenos Aires to Ushuaia

Buenos Aires to Ushuaia

Today really was an exciting day for all embarking on this unique Solar Eclipse voyage. An early start in Buenos Aires, before being transferred at 6am to the International airport for our charter flight south to Ushuaia, in Tierra del Fuego. There was a large, noisy...

Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires

The excitement for first-timers to Antarctica is impossible to describe, and given travel restrictions over the past 20 months our guests were delighted to arrive in Buenos Aires yesterday. The Park Hyatt is a magnificent hotel, with stunning gardens between the two...

November gratitude

November gratitude

The past month has been wonderfully busy with a myriad activities. A group of friends requested battlefield tours with some cycling thrown in. We got Craig Carter to lead the cycling, ably backed up by Micko O'Byrne from Fugitives' Drift. Turns out the group of 18...

Cape Conversations

Cape Conversations

In my last blog, I mentioned talks planned in August in the Cape which were postponed due to lock-down restrictions. Choice, consequences and principles were also mentioned. Every client who postponed in August resurrected events for October, as good as their word....

Spring beckons

Spring beckons

My last blog referred to Covid, Corruption and Chaos, and indeed the events of 11/12/13 July seem surreal. No doubting the looting was carefully planned, with little consideration given to the consequences? Many now having to travel further just to buy food, the jobs...

Three C’s – Covid, Corruption & Chaos

Three C’s – Covid, Corruption & Chaos

Emotions and opinions run riot at times like these. So many doubted that ex-President Jacob Zuma would actually go to jail on Wednesday night, yet with 35 minutes to spare he handed himself in at the Estcourt Correctional Facility. Along with Ace Magashule's...

Approaching mid-Winter’s Day

Approaching mid-Winter’s Day

As the days shorten further, I cannot help thinking of Frank Hurley's exquisite photograph on 21 June 1915 of the ship Endurance beset in the Weddell Sea pack ice. Hurley illuminated the ship with 36 lanterns, the resulting image is haunting with the frost rime...

Road tripping, fishing and wildlife

Road tripping, fishing and wildlife

The four talks I referred to in my previous blog included two in Stellenbosch, one at Boschendal and one at Vergelegen. On Dennehof Wine Estate a close friend hosted his wife's birthday party on the verandah of their home, overlooking the mountains. In terms of...

Road tripping in April

Road tripping in April

The past week has been busy and wonderful. GIBS (Gordon Institute Business School) in Johannesburg contacted me with 36 hours notice, requesting a presentation. Sadly, given other travel commitments, driving to Illovo was out of the question, so we shared the 90...

The tide continues to turn

The tide continues to turn

Being a firm believer in dates/numbers/coincidences, it is particularly symbolic for me having worked my last day on a ship in Antarctica on 16 March 2020, that I presented live to the BizNews Conference delegates and partners at Champagne Sports Resort on 16 March...

The tide is turning

The tide is turning

It is difficult to conceive that 11 months on from National Lock down on 26 March 2020, our tiny business survives and feels strongly that the tide is turning. What a significant time and mighty relief for us, acutely mindful that so many are struggling desperately...

Engaging Online Storytelling

Engaging Online Storytelling

In March last year I returned from 6 weeks in Antarctica to learn that ALL work for the remainder of 2020 had been cancelled on account of hitherto unknown Corona virus. It was clearly evident that live presentations and storytelling were going to be out of the...

Missions and more

Missions and more

November in the Midlands was a particularly wet month, thankfully, and December looks similar in many ways. What a joy to see the countryside green, rivers flowing strongly and most dams full. This week we had the opportunity to take a Trappist Missions tour, and look...

Keeping the flame alight

Keeping the flame alight

In my previous blog, I wrote of road tripping to Cape Town, along with trips to battlefields, Manyoni Rhino Reserve and the like. We love travelling, and this month were fortunate enough to take dear friends to their timeshare at Hazyview and enjoy some time in the...

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