Normally, I’m not much of a photographer. I use my words to express how much I enjoy a new location or experience. Antarctica was different though. Every photo reminds me that my journey with Bark Europa was the most fantastical adventure of my life. It was the accumulation of all of my wildest dreams come true. It has shaped me and completely changed me. You could argue that every moment in our life changes us, but there are some moments so great and different from anything we’ve ever experienced, that we can never go back to unknowing. They are benchmarks that leave us with extra pieces to fit into our hearts and our eyes for we now have more colors and shapes and sounds that we never thought existed.
I watched penguins hatch, climbed volcanoes, sledded down glaciers, swam in thermal currents, sailed a tall ship, and made life-long friends. Even without photo reminders, this is one trip that will be ingrained in my memory for life.