Discover travel destinations of travelers writing a travel journal on FindPenguins.

147 travelers at this place

  • Day13

    Feb 4 - The Antarctic Exhibit

    February 3, 2020 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 7 °C

    No wakeup call this morning!! Rats, I was awake at 6:06 a.m. I was the first of our group down for breakfast - I ate in the lovely solarium where we dined last night.

    We have to be on the bus by 9:30 a.m. I got a load of washing in before we left - there are free laundry facilities here. More hotels need that feature.

    Our stop for this morning was the Antarctic Centre. Christchurch is one of five gateway cities for Antarctic expeditions . Lindsay was our guide.

    Antarctica is Earth's southernmost continent. It contains the geographic South Pole and is situated in the Antarctic region of the Southern Hemisphere, almost entirely south of the Antarctic Circle, and is surrounded by the Southern Ocean. At 14,200,000 square kilometres (5,500,000 square miles), it is the fifth-largest continent and nearly twice the size of Australia. About 98% of Antarctica is covered by ice that averages 1.9 km (1.2 mi; 6,200 ft) in thickness, which extends to all but the northernmost reaches of the Antarctic Peninsula.

    Antarctica, on average, is the coldest, driest, and windiest continent, and has the highest average elevation of all the continents. Most of Antarctica is a polar desert, with annual precipitation of 200 mm (7.9 in) along the coast and far less inland; there has been no rain there for almost 2 million years, yet 80% of the world freshwater reserves are stored there. The temperature in Antarctica has reached −89.2 °C (−128.6 °F), though the average for the third quarter (the coldest part of the year) is −63 °C (−81 °F). Anywhere from 1,000 to 5,000 people reside throughout the year at research stations scattered across the continent. Organisms native to Antarctica include many types of algae, bacteria, fungi, plants, protista, and certain animals, such as mites, nematodes, penguins, seals and tardigrades. Vegetation, where it occurs, is tundra. Ongoing experiments are conducted by more than 4,000 scientists from many nations.

    Our first activity was a ride in a Hägglund, a tracked all-terrain amphibious Antarctic vehicle that’s been built to conquer the rough terrain on the ice. These vehicles were originally developed by Hägglunds in 1974 for the Swedish Army. We bumped and swayed over an obstacle course designed to simulate Antarctic conditions - steep hills, boulders, crevasses, and corduroy roads. Great fun, but definitely not for the faint of heart or the weak of stomach.

    Inside the building, we suited up in parkas and booties for a session in the Blizzard Room. Now, for a Canadian girl, standing in -8 deg C with a windchill factor of -18 deg C isn't exactly a new experience. Can't say I've stood around in those temps in shorts before, though. The point of it all was to show the effect that the ferocious winds in the Antarctic have on the temperatures. Lindsay must have no nerve endings in his arms because he stood there with us in short sleeves.

    Our next stop was to see a 4-D movie which is a 3-D movie with special effects like shaking chairs, water spray and fake snow. The photography in the movie of the Antarctic was fabulous.

    Our next stop was to see the little blue penguins. The are birds at this facility are ones that have been injured by getting caught in fishing nets or attacked by animals or even by humans. They are generally nocturnal creatures, so they were pretty placid.

    We are all now much more knowledgeable about this huge continent that serves to keep our planet rotating properly on its axis.

    For all you animals lovers that are following along, there was a Husky Dog exhibit outside. The story of exploration in Antarctica is the story of the husky. When the bitter cold and brutal conditions proved unsuitable for horses, explorers looked for a tough, intelligent and hardworking travelling companion. Huskies stepped up to the job and provided the main form of transport, pulling sleds for teams right up until 1994.
    Read more

  • Day1


    February 14, 2020 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 5 °C

    My journey has finally gotten started. We are at the airport in Houston. Rickey saw this luggage cart to put our luggage on so we wouldn’t have to carry it throughout the airport. It was $6 and well worth it! But... the downside of that is we found out at the information desk that we couldn’t take the cart on the subway. A lady at the desk said it would take almost a mile to walk to our terminal. The airport is huge so it felt like we walked 5 miles. Rickey and I agreed we should get in shape lol. But the walk wasn’t bad. When we get to the terminal, we found out they wasn’t open until 2pm so we had to wait 2 hours to check in! So we decided to eat at Starbucks!Read more

  • Day8


    April 6, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Get to the city centre of Munich with Marienplatz - the central plaza - or the Hofbräuhaus am Platzl - the famous pub for drinking Maß and enjoy the ambience of Oktober Fest any time of the year. As for the Viktualienmarkt, located some steps away from Marienplatz, if you are lucky enough to have nice weather, you can appreciate Munich street food and check exactly where it comes from because you are surrounded by the vegetable stands as well as the butchers that supply the market eating area. The permanent Maypole tells the story of beer in the city and decorates the centre of the market. At night you can walk around and you will always find a place to drink a beer or to eat a sausage and you can even go aboard the Cocktail Tram...Read more

  • Day4

    Walking around the city.

    October 3, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 54 °F

    Just finished breakfast and headed out. The
    day didn't exactly go as planned since it turned out to be a holiday, Unity Day. There were crowds with long speeches and signs waving and the tone was not good, police everywhere. Most of the stores were closed . We wandered, ate, stopped for treats and came back early.Read more

  • Day96

    Kartoffel Rotkohl mit Polenta o.Hähnchen

    January 6, 2019 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 1 °C

    1 kleinen Rotkohl
    1 große Kartoffel

    In Kokosöl anbraten, mit Rotwein und Wasser ablöschen und 40 min köcheln lassen.

    Für Vata mit etw. Senfkörnern, Salz, Kumin ins Koreander würzen


    1. Variante

    2min Polenta 40 g
    Und gerne noch 2 EL Kokosmilch einrühren, im tiefen Teller oder Schüssel servieren

    2. Variante

    Mit Hähnchenschlegel im Ofen
    Read more

  • Day3

    Der Kreml

    September 14, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Der Kreml in Moskau ein imposanter Bau,Kreml bedeutet Festung,Burg wo auch heute noch das Staatsoberhaupt des Landes sitzt. Riesen Anlage ,es war gerade Wachablösung, die grosse Zaren Glocke die beim Gießen zerbrach,letztes Bild der Sitz von Präsident PutinRead more

  • May26

    France to Spain

    May 26, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Setting off for Spain and crossing through the Pyrenees. The weather is not so good today lots of low cloud, once we get nearer the Pyrenees the scenery gets more spectacular, it's very cold and windy on this side of the border.Read more

  • Day55

    Day 7 on the Meseta

    September 27, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Sept 27: Been walking across the Meseta now for one week! Today was a very short 11+ km into Leon where we checked into hotel rooms and are kicking back a little.
    Another beautiful city, cathedral and lots of cafes/restaurants. Will be saying goodbye to a couple of folks here after today so may be out celebrating a bit later tonight. Some of us may stay in Leon for one more day . . .

    We've been starting out walks each day between 6:30-7:00am when it's still dark out, but one morning we started at 5:30am to get a little more time in under the stars. Below here and in the next post are some pics from along the way (Sept 22-26). Will create new post tomorrow for today's walk into Leon along with a few pics from tonight's celebration (possibly).

    Pic #1 a morning mist, leaving
    Pic #2 chilling in a great tree at the albergue in Boadilla
    Pic #3 passing through Fromista after leaving Boadilla, we cross the lock gates (esclusa) of the Canal de Castillo
    Pic #4 sweet dawg friend on the Camino
    Pic #5 going through a village after a night in Terradillos, we walked through a courtyard where the trees had been decorated with knitting; definitely reminded me of Portland
    Pic #6 a morning sunrise
    Read more

  • Day46

    La Digue am Morgen

    November 13, 2018 in Germany ⋅ 🌫 3 °C

    Der frühe Vogel auf La Digue.

    Da wir erst um 13 Uhr ablegen, haben wir das erste Tender um 6 Uhr morgens genommen um die Ruhe und die morgenstimmung einzufangen und was soll ich sagen, es hat sich gelohnt. Was eine traumhafte Insel 💞Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:


Join us:

FindPenguins for iOSFindPenguins for Android

Sign up now