The Coldest Place to Spend Thanksgiving!
from where i am currently sitting, i can see the words “dream big!” in three different spots in our home. by changing my mindset and doing things that often initially terrify me, i now realize that ‘dream big’ isn’t just a festive pairing of words on paper or how my husband signs every one of his emails. it is how we are choosing to live our life together and inspiring others to do the same! as i’ve mentioned before, our big dream this year is to be the youngest married couple to professionally speak on all 7 continents!
we have already spoken on 5 continents this year (!) and before the year is out we are on track to do this! we kicked it off with:
australia in may,
hong kong (asia) in june
england (europe) in july
morocco (africa) in august
colorado (north america) in september
then comes argentina (south america) and antarctica in november! we are doing these via live online events with The Map to Dreaming BIG (as well as in-person speaking events in most of the places too) and it truly has been quite the ride!
it hasn’t been smooth sailing and of course it’s a tad spendy so we have been working hard on cutting out excess expenses and saving where we can so we can make this dream a reality.
exciting news that we just paid for the last part of our trip to argentina and antarctica! we shall be going to the coldest place to spend thanksgiving – antarctica! oh AND we got our ridiculous coats that we will be schlepping with us! have i ever owned any article of clothing with faux-fur on it? no…but this feels like a valid reason to.
yeah, we totally had a drink to celebrate this part of our dream! why do i have so much more in my glass than him? because i’m way more nervous than he is (and fiiiiine, there’s a mixer in mine since scotch on the rocks taste like i’m drinking a live camp fire). while i’m very excited, i’m also very nervous. i talked about it in the video we did as part of our free training for The Map, but part of this goal is to overcome a lot of my anxiety, especially relating to travel. i’m proud to say it does get better with each trip but antarctica will be totally different.
here is how this part of our trip works:
in less than a month, we fly to buenos aires, argentina and see the sights for a few days (and do our event), then fly from there to the southernmost city in the world – ushuaia (yes i’ve read ‘where’d you go bernadette‘ and i can’t tell if it helped or hurt what i have to look forward to).
i know our few days in buenos aires will be great but honestly, i am insanely excited that we get to spend our night in ushuaia at the Los Cauquenes Hotel! i am banking on this becoming one of the most gorgeous places we have stayed.
if you look at their events page, you will see ‘plan your event at the end of the world!’ deep breaths since it’s not actually the end of the world (and i sort of need to keep reminding myself that the world is round and not flat like the one we have on our wall). i am working with them to do a little surprise for my husband so ravery…get excited!
after 24 hours in that beauty of a place, we will adhere the prescription seasickness patches behind our ear and set sail on a small cruise
ship boat that has 46 cabins. we will experience two days getting from ushuaia to the antarctic peninsula. this won’t be a normal cruise like we did in alaska because it is apparently the roughest water in the world. i keep reading “it’s like a two-day rollercoaster!” i freaking hate rollercoasters. i found out a few weeks ago that we have to share a toilet and shower with our neighboring cabin. please send good vibes that our neighbors don’t get seasick.
what makes this passage so crazy is that it is a biological barrier where cold polar water sinks beneath the warmer norther water and then explodes or something scientific.
here is the map of where we are going:
like i said, this will absolutely be a once in a lifetime opportunity (i mean spending thanksgiving in antarctica!!!) and i am working hard to be friends with my anxiety so i don’t completely numb out this experience. we will be spending the night on the boat but getting off in new places to explore, climb on glaciers and
play with quietly observe penguins!
there is a lot to be done before we leave and we are both speaking at two conferences before we go so focused energy is a must!
here’s a little secret about the photo of us in our coats…it was like 80 degrees out (because global warming is real) so i was actually wearing a summery dress beneath my arctic coat. i found this to be quite humorous:
there are more than 2 months left of 2015, which means you still have time to look back at your goal list and make things happen! let’s do this!
here’s what i need from you:
- good thoughts and positive vibes pretty please
- ideas for fun/creative things to bring to antarctica to take photos of/with (we are trying to find a penguin suit that would pack down easily because it would be hilarious)
- if you have any photography tips for capturing that type of scenery (24 hour light, glaciers, freezing temperatures, etc.) i’d love them!