How did I get to Antarctica

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Antarctica for me has been always something that sounds impossible just by its name already. This is kind of right. There are no easy ways to get in. Or you should have a lot of money, or you should be fucking lucky appearing in a right place in a right time. Obviously I went for the second option. I went to Antarctica from Punta Arenas with Chilean NAVY by military ship that sails to Chilean bases.

First I arrived to Punta Arenas on February. I knew from somebody which wasn’t for sure that they take passengers sometimes. There was nothing for sure until couple of days before the trip. I went to several authorities before I ended up with a right person who was kind of the one who was responsible for this. I passed my cv, motivation letter, anything from my background which was anyhow related why do I needed to be taken to Antarctica. They told me there was the last ship going this season soon, and they liked my application, but there were so spaces left. I waited until the last day the ship was leaving in hope somebody can change the mind, but miracles didn’t happen. They asked me if I wanted to be in a waiting list for the next season in November. I said definitely yes, but I was very not sure I can make it back here in November.

I left Punta Arenas and went to Ushuaia (the most southern city on Earth in Argentina), another port where ships to Antarctica start, but there were no options for the price I could afford. I was sad. I was extremely sad. But that’s life, sometimes you don’t get what you want. I started searching for a yacht for another destination. But at the same time I still hoped. You know this saying: “Go towards your dream. If you can’t go — crawl towards it. If you can’t crawl — lay down towards your dream.” I’m not a smart traveler who earned money first and now taking a gap year to explore the world. I have to work on my way every day to keep myself going. Which is already hard, and being in the mood when your dreams just crushed isn’t helping. Being in Ushuaia I was feeling like my inner strength was losing me and everything I could have done for my dream — laying on the ground facing the white continent, That’s what I did.

And one day in the middle of March I got a call from NAVY saying there might be another ship this season, might be at the end of April, and I might to get in. But nothing for sure. If I still want to try I should come back to Punta Arenas with more documents. This time they needed the reference letter from the Russian Geographical society which I’m a member of, and I needed to present it in person in advanced. But nothing for sure.

Meanwhile I found some other interesting opportunities to sail like this French yacht to the North along Chilean continent — amazing landscapes, glaziers, the best time of the year to go; or this Russian yacht sailing to Greenland and freaking me out by being incredibly nice to me which made me almost to lose my mind and join them.

This was very, very hard decision. I should have said “no” for everything, spend money to come back to Punta Arenas, stay there for a month, and may be all these for nothing.

And of course I went back.

I went back because there was no other place in entire world I wanted to go as bad as to Antarctica. And I would never forgive myself if I wouldn’t try until the end. If I wouldn’t get it at least I would know I’ve done everything to make it happened.

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A bit of a history of Argentina

What do you know about Argentinian history? Let’s say, in a last two hundred years? Honestly, I didn’t know anything… And this is the best part of traveling — not just seeing the beauty. But learning the stories.

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The pink House is the main Government building in Buenos Aires which was built at the end of 19th century and gives us two explanations of its color. Continue reading

Instagram beginner

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I never had my own instagram account. I bought my first iphone which gave me an opportunity to join this app just a year ago. I just never got a value having an expensive phone as everything I need a phone for – call, text, take photos and use google maps. The last one is comfortable, but, couple years ago we made a road trip by car with my brother and his two kids from St Petersburg to Lofoten Islands and back without smartphones and online maps. And we didn’t have any problems. And I never play games. I just find it boring.

Anyway, I decided to join instagram at the same way I decided to start a blog, so these two are new for me. But I’m trying by best to make it both fun and interesting.

Follow me here and there! And if you have some spare time — check my portfolio website.

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The first day of 2017

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When I asked locals if there is anything happening in Buenos Aires for the New Year’s Even they said there is not much. And then I asked if there is a main square like in all the other big cities, so everybody come and there is a music and fireworks and crowds of happy people. And they said there is nothing like that in Buenos Aires. And I was like what? I don’t believe in that, there should be something. Continue reading

The last day of 2016

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It was a great year!
Many things I did for the first time. 

First step in South America.First walk in Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro. 
First time volunteering for Olympic Games, first Opening and Closing ceremony, first time at the Olympic stadium and Olympic park. RIO 2016 will always stay in my heart as one of the best adventures I ever took part in!
First time two months ago after having a huge travel experience behind, visiting all the countries in South-East Asia and 38 countries overall I started writing a blog! This blog)
And it’s the first time I installed instagram! (yeah, I’m that person who never had it until two weeks ago)

Thank you all who are following me. And wish you all the be best in a coming year!