I have decided to put work on hold for at least six weeks to get on a boat to head to Antarctica. I’ve also persuaded Sabina, my girlfriend of 5 years that she should pack in her job and come on this adventure with me.
At the time of making the decision to go, I felt my life was almost too stable and I was at risk of leading a boring life, destined to be working in radio, TV & news till retirement. It was just as the 2017 election had been announced when the opportunity came up to go to Antarctica, a place that has always fascinated me, a place that is hard to get to. – I couldn’t refuse.
As departure approaches and I can see the date looming on the horizon, I’d be fibbing if I told you I wasn’t getting slightly apprehensive about it. The trip will take me out of my comfort zone. I’ve never spent more than a few hours on a boat let alone a few weeks at sea. I’ve not really spent any time in the cold, while it’s not going to be winter in Antarctica (it’s summer in the Southern hemisphere) the climate is very cold compared to anything I’m used to. 2017 made me realise I don’t really like my comfort zone too much, it’s a bit boring and safe.
I am looking forward to going to Argentina and getting to Antarctica, I can’t wait to see Whales and Penguins in the wild. I am worried that living on a 70ft boat that’s crossing the Drake passage is going to be hard and I’m going to struggle with sea sickness or being any use on the journey. If the other 8-10 people on the boat don’t speak much English I may struggle to communicate with them. The thing that worries me the most is that I’ll be a totally useless lump on this boat getting in the way of people and not knowing what to do. I don’t want the rest of the crew to see me as a burden.
We’ll be living at very close quarters and throw in the seasickness that I’m assured we’ll all suffer from and I imagine my relationship with Sabina will be put under greater stress, three weeks at sea will definitely make or break the relationship.
I’m not just out of my comfort zone I’m at the polar opposite of my comfort zone, however, the experience of this trip will last a lifetime and hopefully will encourage me to live a little and learn that living isn’t just staying out drinking till 3am…..