I can’t believe it’s already here. Or finally here. Depends on how you see it. A long-term dream, goal, aspiration. All I know is I’m sitting at JFK Terminal 7, thanks to the drop-off service by my super homie, Chris Brown. I’m almost ready to board Aerolinas Argentinas Flight 1301 to Buenos Aires. Then I transfer to Trelew, and finally Ushuaia at the bottom of the country. That’s where I will be befriending everyone in town and maneuvering my way onto a boat headed for ANTARCTICA!!!
As many of you know, this adventure is unfolding as I go, since I didn’t book anything beyond the first 4 days. This is due to the exorbitant prices for cruise ships far south - pre-booked they go for $10-25K! Many of you have supported this venture via the Antarctica Fund + print sale (thank you, beauties!!!), and I sold my beloved Jeep, Stella Blue. Additionally, I held stoop sales, offloaded random stuff on eBay, worked, hustled + saved my pennies. And mayyybeee I’ll just go into a lil more credit card debt while I’m at it...🙃 I’ve weighed the options, and NOT doing this would be devastating, at far higher of a cost. So the show must go on!
I have 5 weeks to complete my mission, with the main goal being the White Continent. I am prepared to wait a while in Ushuaia to get a great deal, and have been reaching out to contacts via friends with hopes of creating local allies. With any additional time, I’ll be hiking in Patagonia, visiting friends north of Córdoba, checking out Buenos Aires and ferrying over to Uruguay.
As with all my solo travels, I will be putting forth my perseverance, charisma + skill sets to create relationships and scenarios. Stick around and witness how it all comes together!
Wellll whaddyaknow...just like my flight to Asia last year, I’ve got a bit of extra space. It’s only a 2-seater, so no laying down - but I can kick up my feet for 10+ hours! Always a good omen! 🤙🏻
***OH HEYYY*** Just got a message from Alícia, one of my contacts in Ushuaia (thanks, Dave!) - she has offered to pick me up from the airport tomorrow! Whoop 🙌🏻
IT’S NOT TOO LATE to donate to the ANTARCTICA FUND! All donations will receive a print from Antarctica 🇦🇶