Joan Larsen’s Travel Stories: Spending Christmas in Antarctica

Posted on December 19, 2012

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By Joan Larsen

These are my happiest times, my dream of dreams – the greatest gift that I could be given.  The Antarctic summer days are warm and mostly sunny.  .  . and a Christmas spent here remains forever in the heart.

The known world has vanished and floats somewhere beyond the horizon.  Icelets thicken the water, each one quivering with such sparkle that the sea looks like aluminum foil shaken by the sun.

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The first icebergs appear on the horizon, looking like baby rhinos that had strayed too far from their herd.   We steer into the frozen wonderland that is Antarctica,  the bow slicing a mirror of all God’s creations, each passenger on the ship echoing the thoughts of others:  how are we going to be able to tell anyone about this?  We stand on the deck, mesmerized, as a parade of icebergs, each larger than our ship float by as if in a parade.

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On some we see a congregation of penguins, wearing black-and-white tuxes, strolling back and forth – looking like little head waiters waiting for the evening crowd to arrive.

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The passengers are in awe, for passing before us are icebergs that are moving sculptures wrought by nature, far surpassing those in any art museum.

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Can there be anything so perfect in the natural world as the combination of wildlife who have no fear and come up to bow and greet their visitors – and the beauty of the icebergs floating by majestically, each touching the eyes and the soul simultaneously, making us know we have been blessed in the most special way.  I call it all a glimpse of a perfect heaven.

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WISHING YOU ALL A MOST HAPPY HOLIDAY!!!

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Writer Joan Larsen has spent a lifetime searching for the most remote places on Earth.  But it is the polar regions of our world that she has been drawn back to again and again.  She has done research in these lands of ice, and considers Antarctica to be her “other home”.

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