Flying penguins_HoneyTrek.comA continent without any countries. A desert covered in frozen water. A population dominated by penguins, seals, and whales. A summer climate hovering around 0°C …Antarctica is like nothing we’ve ever experienced. Having seen documentaries, read books, and heard vivid first-hand accounts, it still surprised us and surpassed our lofty expectations. After a 12-day expedition (see blogs 1 | 2 | 3) crossing the Drake Passage, dodging icebergs in Kodak Gap, standup paddleboarding at 65°04’S/64°00’W, being ambushed by penguins in the South Shetlands, you know you’re in Antarctica when…

 

– You reach the end of the world…and that’s just the beginning of your journey

 

– You learn to walk at a 30-degree angle to counter the 20-foot waves and not spill your coffee

 

– You think you are so hard core for making the voyage to Antarctica, then you see a guy pull up in a sailboat

 

– Sunshine makes you forget about the 33-degree water and the icebergs in the swimming area…then you dive in. Brrrr!

 

– A lifevest won’t cut it in these waters, you’re gonna need a sub-zero Snuggie to survive

 

– The penguin population is as dense as Manhattan

 

– You basically need a PHD in Glaciology, have lived in a polar research station, or solo-kayaked an entire Arctic archipelago to be invited onto the Quark expedition team

 

– Your standup paddle doubles as an ice ax

 

– A “glacial pace” moves faster than you’d think

 

– Shamu and Willy are free to live happily ever after

 

– You see animals everywhere and in everything

 

– Even penguins have bad hair days

 

– You can hardly believe the size of the gargantuan iceberg in front of you, then you remember that’s only 10% of its actual size

 

– You think you’ve walked onto the set of Star Wars but realize it’s life at the old whaling station

 

– You can blame all your bad dance moves on the motion of the ocean

– The seals try to join your kayak team

 

– You reach your seventh continent and you think sitting on the edge of a cliff in a hail storm with gale force winds is the perfect time to pop a bottle of champagne

 

17 thoughts on “You Know You’re In Antarctica When…

  • April 29, 2016 at 12:21 pm
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    Haha that’s an amazing post! I so want to go to Antarctica 🙂

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    • April 30, 2016 at 2:55 am
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      There are so many absurdly amazing things happening at any given moment in Antarctica, it’s comical.

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      • August 18, 2016 at 10:22 pm
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        We happened to be there when you took that picture. I was trying to get to the top of the rock, but the storm kept me on the ground hahaha. I’m glad you guys got to do this. Antarctica was a great experience and it was also our 7th continent.

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    • April 30, 2016 at 2:57 am
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      Glad you liked our latest You Know You’re In…Antarctica is just a little different than the rest of the places we’ve been 😉

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    • May 10, 2016 at 10:29 am
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      The whaling station was super surreal (as is the whole of Antarctica). I believe Alien vs. Predator used Whaler’s Bay as one of their locations, it’s that of this world.

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  • May 10, 2016 at 6:48 am
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    This is our ultimate dream to visit this untouched continent. Love this post!!! 🙂

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  • May 10, 2016 at 4:37 pm
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    I am a super jealous of this! I would love to kayak this close to sea life (and not just trollies and rubbish bags!) You two look like a hoot, let’s hit the dance floor and blame the waves!!

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    • May 10, 2016 at 5:18 pm
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      Lol. Always blame your bad moves on the Drake Shake! Sounds like you an adventure and animal lover…you’d definitely have to get to Antarctica!

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  • May 14, 2016 at 7:46 pm
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    This is one of the funniest “you know you are in” posts yet. That Penguin “flying” is too cute! He’s trying.

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  • May 14, 2018 at 1:37 am
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    This is quite an amazing blog post. So glad I found your website, guys!

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    • October 7, 2018 at 1:59 pm
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      Thank you so much for the reply! Glad you enjoyed a little stroll through Antarctica!

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