I say "back" for we had made a solo visit beforehand to experience the remarkable polar winter. While that was a tremendous experience, the area was in its winter lockdown, and to see the full wildlife a return had to be made to witness the contrast and the summer explosion of activity. It is now one year since we made our booking, and our subsequent expedition; the point being that a sensible report could not be compiled immediately afterwards as the lauding and praises for the entire experience would barely have made sense, it was so overwhelmingly remarkable. Now, a year on, I have to say that little has dwindled, and we still think of that incredible experience, every, single, day... Upon our return, I told Natural World Safaris that it had been a life-changing experience, and it remains just that.
I truly mean this, that every day we think of what happened for us last year, and I cannot stay out of the image files we hold. We cannot imagine not returning again someday soon but this will have to wait until we manage to visit the other end of the world, the Antarctic, hopefully in the same vessel. We would not be unusual in this, for some people on our trip last year were returning customers. We have in fact just returned from a wonderful solo venture in Patagonia during which we spotted an individual clad in his polar jacket, having just returned from his trip in Antarctica - another friendship was born! These are the doors that open when taking this kind of adventure.