A Quick Hola from Antarctica/South America!

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hi friends! stopping by for a quick “hola!” we just disembarked from our antarctica journey and oh my goodness….my heart and soul is exploding with so many different emotions. the sights we have seen are remarkable, the friendships we have formed will last a lifetime and i feel a deep sense of gratitude for the planet we live on.

my husband and i are about to start our 28 hour trip home, which will allow ample time for me to attempt to sort through the thousands of photos i have taken. for now, i will share this one because it was our first landing!

IMG_7551 ryan and chelsea ant

to be honest, i’m feeling overwhelmed with what to share. if you have any specific questions, please leave them below because my mind is going a million miles an hour with everything we have experienced!

happy friday!

ps. we did not eat penguin on thanksgiving HA!


  1. Audrey

    December 4, 2015 at 6:26 am

    There’s a f*^%#!* penguin behind you! Who even takes a picture like that??! That’s AWESOME! I can’t wait to read all about your adventures!! Have a super safe trip home! Can’t wait to have some new wifestyle back in my blog-life!
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    • chelsea

      December 7, 2015 at 10:30 am

      yay! thanks for your excitement and consists comments, you da best audrey! i have SO many penguin photos to share with you πŸ™‚ get ready!

  2. Meghan

    December 4, 2015 at 7:12 am

    I can’t wait to read about the trip!
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    • chelsea

      December 7, 2015 at 10:30 am

      first post out and ready to go!

  3. Kate

    December 4, 2015 at 7:37 am

    Safe travels home! I think I would like to hear your take on the scenery, because I feel like there’s not much variation to it. Also, what do you do while you’re there? Just walk around on the snow and ice? Help me make a case to convince my husband to go there πŸ™‚ I think it would be SO awesome to travel there one day, but he detests cold weather so it’s got to be worthwhile.
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    • chelsea

      December 7, 2015 at 10:30 am

      it turned out to be a rough time getting home (flights missed and then rammed in the center of plane) but it was safe so thank you πŸ™‚ i will be working hard to convince your husband that you both must totally GO! it was INCREDIBLE!!!!! i have a few posts planned and this helped me remember what to add so thank you!

  4. Amberly

    December 4, 2015 at 10:53 am

    I can’t wait to hear all about it!
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    • chelsea

      December 7, 2015 at 10:28 am

      yay! new post up now – thanks for being excited amberly!

  5. Ali

    December 4, 2015 at 11:30 am

    This is a bit niche, and it’s very possible that nothing related to this came up at all during your stay πŸ™‚ But if it did, I’d be interested in hearing anything you learned about how facilities on Antarctica are powered. What type of energy do they run on? Were the facilities you were staying in specifically designed to be sustainable? How do they account for long periods without natural light, and unpredictable weather (e.g. I assume solar cells wouldn’t be very effective)? Equally important, how is waste disposed of? I’m guessing that there aren’t a lot of landfill facilities there! I’m interested because I work in environmental sustainability, and Antarctic tourism (and ‘last-chance tourism’ more generally) is a source of much intrigue, development and controversy these days. I’m also curious to learn how many people, on average, are living on Antarctica at any given time, and what proportion of these individuals are researchers/scientists vs visitors. Hope you guys had a great time, and thanks for anything you might be able to share on the above πŸ™‚

    • chelsea

      December 7, 2015 at 10:28 am

      thanks so much for sharing what you’d like to read about ali, much appreciated! there is an documentary on Netflix (i’ve seen some of it) called “A Year On Ice” that i think would answer many of your questions regarding the bases – we traveled to one and it was not a research base otherwise we were landing on scenic sights with no people (mostly penguins, birds and seals!) typically if you are a tourist in antarctica, you stay on the ship you got there on as the bases are reserved for researchers only. we did hear that they often ship the trash back to countries to keep it there.

      the antarctic treaty also has rules around that and the generally consensus we got was that everyone who travels there (either as part of a tourist group or researcher) cares deeply about conservation and making the least possible impact there!

  6. Ann Snelling

    December 4, 2015 at 11:33 am

    Chelsea, Regarding what to tell us about Antartica, try organizing your blogs into categories. For example: animal sightings, food eaten, fascinating people met, scenery impressions, activities while there, travel there & back, accommodations there and getting there, etc. I have never visited Antartica so any details of all aspects of the trip would be of interest to me. Don’t take anything for granted in therms of the details.

    • chelsea

      December 7, 2015 at 10:24 am

      thanks so much ann for sharing some ideas of what you’d like to read! just put one out today more about logistics and how it works so hopefully you enjoy it. really appreciate this!

  7. Elyse

    December 4, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    I can’t wait to hear ALL about your trip!
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    • chelsea

      December 7, 2015 at 10:23 am

      it was sooooo fun! so many photos so little time πŸ™‚

  8. Amanda

    December 4, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    OMG look at that penguin in the background! I want to hear all about the penguins. Did you ride a polar bear? Do they have bathrooms up there (down there?)?
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    • chelsea

      December 7, 2015 at 10:22 am

      fun fact we learned – if you ever see polar bears and penguins in the same photo, it’s photoshopped because they don’t live in the same region! we learned polar bears are arctic (north) and we were antarctic! no bathrooms on land so you had to go before you left the ship πŸ™‚ the penguins were awesome!

  9. Charlene

    December 6, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    So excited to read about your trip! Also, that picture is awesome. I love the penguin behind you. I cannot imagine ever being somewhere that cold. Oh my goodness!
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    • chelsea

      December 7, 2015 at 10:21 am

      it was amazing and preeeetty darn cold but totally worth it, charlene πŸ™‚