I was in Antarctica this week so I wasn’t able to be on the show, but Jen and Chris did get guest Chris Owen, Editor-in-chief of Chris Cruises, to talk about the recent Costa disaster in Italy.
I’m currently on the M/S Expedition just off the coast of South Georgia Island. This is one of the most incredible places I have ever visited and few people even know it exists. When incredible meets the unknown, it is time for another installment of “8 Facts…”
1) It is a British Territory
South Georgia is part of “South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands” which is a British Overseas Territory and overseas territory of the European Union. It was first sighted by Captain Cook in 1775 who named it after King George III. It was primarily used as a whaling station between 1905 and 1966. There are no permanent inhabitants of South Georgia. There is a small scientific staff and a two museum staff at Grytviken who are semi-permanent residents. The Commissioner of South Georgia is also the Governor of the Falkland Islands who operates out of Stanley. There are South Georgia stamps which are issued for collectors and tourists.
While Gary is on his way to Antarctica he is at the mercy of very slow internet. Since it is difficult for him to post, I thought I’d take this opportunity to look back at the posts and daily photos from last year that received the most traffic. Is your favorite from 2011 on the list? – Amy the Assistant
Last August I had the pleasure of visiting Lake Tahoe to view a commercial shoot for Hotels.com. While I was there I had the chance to go hot air ballooning over Lake Tahoe with Lake Tahoe Balloons. They are the only hot air ballooning company in the world that does takeoffs and landings on the water. It was a great morning with some of the best views you’ll ever see from a balloon.
In just 3 days I set out for Antarctica on the M/S Expedition!
This is probably the biggest adventure in my 5-years of traveling. It will easily be the furthest south I’ve traveled (previously Invercargill, New Zealand), it will probably be the most remote location I’ve ever been (depending on how you define remote), it will be the longest trip I’ve taken by ship in the roughest seas I’ve ever been on. It will also be my seventh and final continent to visit.
This trip is also requiring more thought in term of packing that any other trip I’ve taken. Normally I just throw stuff into a bag take off. Here is a brief overview of what I’m planning to bring:
In 2011 I had the pleasure of visiting the Canary Islands. Located off the coast of Africa, the volcanic chain of islands are a Spanish province and have a history that goes back to the colonization of the Americas. I was able to explore 5 of the islands in the Canaries: Gran Canarias, Lanzarote, Tenerife, La Gomera, and La Palma. Each island’s unique geography gives it a character distinct from its neighbors. These images capture some of the culture and diversity I found on the Canary Islands.