Antarctica…the Not-So White Continent

Where do I start?!  How do I start?!  I'm not sure I have the words to properly describe Antarctica.   But here goes .... beautiful, peaceful, rugged, powerful, noisy, terrifying, overwhelming, inviting.    Antartica is a vast frozen wildness that is both exceptionally peaceful and exceptionally terrifying.     She is fruitful and barren, warm …

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Tierra del Fuego, South Patagonia, Argentina

We flew into Ushuaia, Argentina after a short stop over in Buenos Aires.  We were flying to the end of the world, or so Ushuaia sells itself.   Port Williams in Chile is, in fact, the most southerly settlement in the world, and only a few miles down the Beagle Channel from Ushuaia, but Ushuaia …

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Pondering on the Wandering: Ireland (North and South)

All too quickly I am back at my desk, drinking my first real coffee in almost two weeks, pondering.   I have been doing a lot of that over the last little while.    Perhaps, I should continue the story before I get to the pondering. After the day in Derry / Londonderry, our group …

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Stroke City: I am conflicted about you…

Derry.  Londonderry.  Derry / Londonderry.   Even your name brings conflict. We started another sunny day by meeting our facilitator / discussion leader for a "brief overview" of the history of the conflicts of the city.   Our facilitator is a well-respected mediator and peace builder, in Northern Ireland and other international conflicts.  Our meeting turned …

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