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Title: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: PenguinBOT on December 04, 2018, 10:13:04 PM
Testing, testing.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on December 04, 2018, 10:13:38 PM
Good bot.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: PenguinBOT on December 04, 2018, 10:14:15 PM
Grawk
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: PenguinBOT on December 04, 2018, 10:16:05 PM
Hi! I am a bot.

Something Fishy will be feeding me 140-character text snippets via satellite and I will post those here.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: PenguinBOT on December 04, 2018, 10:22:01 PM
Once en route, each post will also have a link to view our current location as well as our previous track.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: PenguinBOT on December 04, 2018, 10:23:16 PM
This is a one-way thing. Unless the ship's mythical internet materializes, I will not be able to see any responses here.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: PenguinBOT on December 04, 2018, 10:24:11 PM
I am a lonely robot, shouting into the abyss.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: as2 on December 04, 2018, 10:27:28 PM
Ah finally,a thread full of SF talking to himself. Really cool though.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Yehuda57 on December 04, 2018, 10:39:46 PM
I am a lonely robot, shouting into the abyss.
This should be the standard signature for every user.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: mmgfarb on December 04, 2018, 10:41:04 PM
Ah finally,a thread full of SF talking to himself.
Amazing, this is what DDF has been missing thise whole time.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: IGBES on December 04, 2018, 11:15:35 PM
Hi! I am a bot.

Something Fishy will be feeding me 140-character text snippets via satellite and I will post those here.
Looking forward!
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: 12HRS on December 04, 2018, 11:28:18 PM
A SF TR without photos belongs in the Midos song....

Like a bird without its wings,
Or a bell that doesn’t ring
Like a plane without a pilot,
Or a heart does not beat.

Like a song without a tune,
Or a night without the Moon,
A TR without Photos,
will make us feel like Shmoes
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on December 04, 2018, 11:30:22 PM
A SF TR without photos belongs in the Midos song....

Like a bird without its wings,
Or a bell that doesn’t ring
Like a plane without a pilot,
Or a heart does not beat.

Like a song without a tune,
Or a night without the Moon,
A TR without Photos,
will make us feel like Shmoes

Trust me, there's be plenty of photos (eventually :-X :P).
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Dr Moose on December 05, 2018, 08:26:52 AM
Cool idea
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: PenguinBOT on December 06, 2018, 12:04:58 PM
And we're off!

My Uber driver is on his first day. So far I have not seen any evidence of axe-murdering.

inr.ch/RESMVJJ
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: shayaj on December 06, 2018, 02:15:34 PM
Let us know what we are missing.....
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: lunatic on December 06, 2018, 02:17:15 PM
Can't wait
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: tageed-lee on December 06, 2018, 02:23:06 PM
Cool! Thanks for setting this up for us to follow...
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: jj1000 on December 06, 2018, 02:28:26 PM
And we're off!

My Uber driver is on his first day. So far I have not seen any evidence of axe-murdering.

inr.ch/RESMVJJ
There are many ways to skin a penguin. Axe isn't the only one...
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: a good yeshiva bachur on December 06, 2018, 03:23:09 PM
No pictures?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Yehudaa on December 06, 2018, 03:25:31 PM
No pictures?
A picture is worth a thousand words and this bot can't speak more than 140 characters at a time, so that's gonna be difficult.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: PenguinBOT on December 06, 2018, 08:28:25 PM
Had a remarkably good meal on the short PHL-MIA hop. Borenstien Braised short ribs, cous cous, and a bunch of weird sides. Was pretty tasty.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: PenguinBOT on December 06, 2018, 08:29:28 PM
Well whaddya know. AA Flagship Dining MIA has a couple kosher options!

Dinner #2, here we come.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: lfas25 on December 06, 2018, 08:36:26 PM
Had a remarkably good meal on the shirt PHL-MIA hop. Borenstien Braised short ribs, cous cous, and a bunch of weird sides. Was pretty tasty.
I hope your stomach enjoyed the meal as much as your shirt
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: PenguinBOT on December 07, 2018, 06:32:11 AM
Position 0000.001 South.

South of the Equator for the first time. inr.ch/TT62PVJ
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: jj1000 on December 07, 2018, 09:52:48 AM
Well whaddya know. AA Flagship Dining MIA has a couple kosher options!

Dinner #2, here we come.
Meal details? Do they still have Zak The Baker bread?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: PenguinBOT on December 07, 2018, 09:56:23 AM
Driving down the widest street on the world now. Looks way less impressive than it sounds.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/9_de_Julio_Avenue
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: PenguinBOT on December 07, 2018, 09:58:18 AM
We live in interesting times.

I misplaced my microSD cards. Ordered them on Amazon Prime Now from Philly, had it delivered to JJ in MIA, who then gave it to Dan to give to me.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Chief Rabbi of New York on December 08, 2018, 10:26:41 PM
There’s no penguin activity ?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: as2 on December 08, 2018, 10:29:05 PM
There’s no penguin activity ?
https://www.instagram.com/p/BrGX8aFHM9x/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=mxgmguxl9wpq
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: yesitsme on December 08, 2018, 10:29:38 PM
There’s no penguin activity ?
Its still shabbos down there
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on December 08, 2018, 10:41:44 PM
https://www.instagram.com/p/BrGX8aFHM9x/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=mxgmguxl9wpq
That food looks terrible. Any kosher around us?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: as2 on December 08, 2018, 10:48:59 PM
That food looks terrible. Any kosher around us?
Agreed. No kosher McDonald's in the US
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on December 08, 2018, 10:52:05 PM
Agreed. No kosher McDonald's in the US
To bad as I would compare the two. I am a McD's aficionado!  :)
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: mmgfarb on December 08, 2018, 11:49:42 PM
https://www.instagram.com/p/BrGX8aFHM9x/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=mxgmguxl9wpq
I spy with my little eye... A @Something Fishy
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: PenguinBOT on December 09, 2018, 09:14:48 AM
Finally made it onto the plane to Ushuaia.

Most. Insane. Morning. Ever. inr.ch/RL6KG5Z
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Definitions on December 09, 2018, 12:37:35 PM
Finally made it onto the plane to Ushuaia.

Most. Insane. Morning. Ever. inr.ch/RL6KG5Z
How accurate is the balloon on the map? Apparently you're sitting on the wing of the plane.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: User6669 on December 09, 2018, 05:05:12 PM
https://www.instagram.com/p/BrGX8aFHM9x/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=mxgmguxl9wpq
Is that @Dan in the blue t-shirt?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: luckyluck on December 09, 2018, 05:52:31 PM
AEP Airport police station 🙈

?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: mmgfarb on December 09, 2018, 08:16:51 PM
Is that @Dan in the blue t-shirt?
No
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: PenguinBOT on December 09, 2018, 11:47:20 PM
What an amazing night. All but 3 of our group is here already, and we had a lovely dinner and chanukah party.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: PenguinBOT on December 09, 2018, 11:50:34 PM
Thinking about doing Instagram stories. Never done them before, and don't have much patience.

Aye or nay?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: PenguinBOT on December 09, 2018, 11:51:02 PM
Will probably just be the same as my Whatsapp status.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: PenguinBOT on December 09, 2018, 11:52:39 PM
So apparently there's a fuel shortage in Ushuaia.

Looks like we're adding the Falklands to our itinerary!
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: PenguinBOT on December 09, 2018, 11:55:59 PM
Was an amazing sight to see Jews of literally all stripes lighting the menorah. 28 menorahs, all candles lit, with an epic sunset over the Beagle Channel as a backdrop.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: sky121 on December 09, 2018, 11:56:05 PM
Thinking about doing Instagram stories. Never done them before, and don't have much patience.

Aye or nay?
Aye!
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: LoLo on December 10, 2018, 12:17:23 AM
Aye!
+1
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on December 10, 2018, 12:18:53 AM
Aye!

+1

The rabble has spoken.

Follow me at https://www.instagram.com/morrishersko/ to see them.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on December 10, 2018, 08:46:06 AM
Is that stupid penguin finally gone?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: as2 on December 10, 2018, 09:00:40 AM
Is that stupid penguin finally gone?
Pretty bold move considering Sir penguins signature.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: jose34 on December 10, 2018, 11:44:07 AM
Aye!

Nay!
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: mgarfin on December 10, 2018, 07:41:44 PM
How do we see SFs WhatsApp status?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Lou Bob on December 10, 2018, 08:12:40 PM
How do we see SFs WhatsApp status?
step 1. Save his phone number to your phone.
Step 2. Get him to save your number to his phone.
Step 3. Download whatsapp.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: yesitsme on December 10, 2018, 11:48:23 PM

For those that don't follow ddms
https://www.dansdeals.com/points-travel/trip-notes/trip-notes-antarctica-part-1-buenos-airesplanning-positioning-adventure-lifetime/
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: 12HRS on December 11, 2018, 12:30:54 AM
How do we see SFs WhatsApp status?

Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: mmgfarb on December 11, 2018, 03:06:12 AM

Ooh, look at me!
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on December 11, 2018, 08:22:17 AM
What happen to the DA Penguin? Did someone have him for lunch?  :)
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: lfas25 on December 11, 2018, 08:23:28 AM
What happen to the DA Penguin? Did someone have him for lunch?  :)
I think it got sea sick
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Joe4007 on December 11, 2018, 02:02:02 PM
How do we see SFs WhatsApp status?
Follow him on Instagram. I believe his stories pretty much mirror his status for this trip.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: EJB on December 11, 2018, 02:18:16 PM
Follow him on Instagram. I believe his stories pretty much mirror his status for this trip.

I like the picture of the shiur on polar zmanim, where dan is in the corner on his phone :)
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: YesThatsMe on December 11, 2018, 02:27:29 PM
Stephen Harper. Wow!
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ar on December 11, 2018, 04:05:29 PM
Whats his name on Instagram? I wanna follow
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: lfas25 on December 11, 2018, 04:06:49 PM
Whats his name on Instagram? I wanna follow
https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=99236.msg2027415.msg#2027415
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: aygart on December 11, 2018, 04:24:04 PM
@Something Fishy's pics are about the trip as a whole while @Dan's are about the food?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Lou Bob on December 11, 2018, 05:12:34 PM
So that's the only way we can see anything? i dont have his contact...
you having his contact is not enough.
He has to have yours as well.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: shapsam on December 11, 2018, 05:33:25 PM
https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=99236.msg2027415.msg#2027415
I don't see any Antarctica posts on that Instagram page.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: jj1000 on December 11, 2018, 05:33:52 PM
I don't see any Antarctica posts on that Instagram page.
Click on his profile pic to see his stories.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ExGingi on December 11, 2018, 05:36:17 PM
Click on his profile pic to see his stories.
Need to have instagram account for that?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: yeshivaman on December 11, 2018, 05:37:11 PM
Click on his profile pic to see his stories.

I saw people wrote about a Shiur, but i didn't see it in his stories. What am i missing?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: whYME on December 11, 2018, 06:47:01 PM
Need to have instagram account for that?
Apparently.
So annoying. >:(
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: LoLo on December 11, 2018, 07:33:22 PM
Is it really that hard to create an Instagram account?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: lfas25 on December 11, 2018, 07:41:15 PM
So much for being a loyal DDF member and follower....
I vote for keeping DDF material on DDF.  Maybe this will bring more life back to the forum.
As much as I'd love to convince myself otherwise, I don't consider this a DDF trip.

It happens to be that SF and Dan planned and organized it. But it isn't a "DDF" trip.


Yes it would be nice to get a lot more updates but I am not expecting a literal play by play as I'm sure they're very busy and have lots of other things on their mind besides entertaining the masses with minute by minute updates.

I'm sure when they get back or have time more legitimate updates will come along.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: miles lover on December 11, 2018, 08:17:06 PM
Is it possible for them to smoke ?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: lfas25 on December 11, 2018, 08:19:44 PM
Is it possible for them to smoke ?
Smoke what?
Title: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: miles lover on December 11, 2018, 08:22:10 PM
Smoke what?
Reg cig. You can elaborate if you know more. :)
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: as2 on December 11, 2018, 08:22:51 PM
Reg cig.
There's probably a smoking area on the ship, but who care?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: miles lover on December 11, 2018, 08:23:36 PM
There's probably a smoking area on the ship, but who care?
I’m curious. You mind ?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: as2 on December 11, 2018, 08:24:40 PM
I’m curious. You mind ?
Nope, just a very random question.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: miles lover on December 11, 2018, 08:26:43 PM
Nope, just a very random question.
In your mind... I want to hear from a guy on the cruise. Guaranteed that someone of the 51 people in the boat do smoke. I feel for them if they can’t..
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: JACKBLUE on December 11, 2018, 08:36:35 PM
In your mind... I want to hear from a guy on the cruise. Guaranteed that someone of the 51 people in the boat do smoke. I feel for them if they can’t..
You must be a heavy smoker!
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: whYME on December 11, 2018, 09:42:57 PM
As much as I'd love to convince myself otherwise, I don't consider this a DDF trip.

It happens to be that SF and Dan planned and organized it. But it isn't a "DDF" trip.
Unfortunately I need to +1 this
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Dan on December 11, 2018, 10:20:45 PM
In your mind... I want to hear from a guy on the cruise. Guaranteed that someone of the 51 people in the boat do smoke. I feel for them if they can’t..
There are smoking sections, though neither of us smoke.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on December 11, 2018, 10:29:46 PM
For these asking for my phone number, I don't have time to be busy with this now, sorry.

If someone is bored enough, they can feel free to screenshot my statuses and post them here Ż\_(ツ)_/Ż
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Moshke on December 11, 2018, 10:41:59 PM
And for these asking for my phone number, I don't have time to be busy with this now, sorry.

If someone is bored enough, they can feel free to screenshot my statuses and post them here Ż\_(ツ)_/Ż
Anyone to volunteer?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Eliyohu on December 11, 2018, 10:50:41 PM
Here you go...
If @Something Fishy adds me as a contact.. it'll be easy enough..
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Moshke on December 11, 2018, 10:56:35 PM
Thanks keep it coming!!
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ludmila on December 11, 2018, 11:00:31 PM
Nice, thank you :)
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: yitzgar on December 11, 2018, 11:01:10 PM
Thanks keep it coming!!
+
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ruv on December 11, 2018, 11:19:43 PM
Thank you!
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: bluesky on December 11, 2018, 11:24:48 PM
Here you go...
If @Something Fishy adds me as a contact.. it'll be easy enough..
THANK YOU!! 🤗
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: LoLo on December 11, 2018, 11:25:28 PM
Hey @Dan How's Google fi service there?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Dan on December 11, 2018, 11:26:02 PM
Hey @Dan How's Google fi service there?
Where's there?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: YesThatsMe on December 11, 2018, 11:27:00 PM
When I was a kid in Toronto our whole class wrote letters to Harper. I asked him to petition Bush to free Samet. Was the only kid to get back a response- handwritten from beginning to end. He really is a class act!
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: LoLo on December 11, 2018, 11:29:11 PM
Where's there?
Wherever it is that fishy has spotty internet.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ual902 on December 12, 2018, 01:11:19 AM
So where are they? https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/home/centerx:-64.5/centery:-56.0/zoom:4

(https://i.imgur.com/7toyenR.png)
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: chff on December 12, 2018, 02:24:35 AM
So where are they? https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/home/centerx:-64.5/centery:-56.0/zoom:4

(https://i.imgur.com/7toyenR.png)
Use this link
https://www.cruisemapper.com/?imo=9000168
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: chff on December 12, 2018, 03:53:45 AM
My first ever visit to the UK aka our Gas Station
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ExGingi on December 12, 2018, 06:14:04 AM
Stephen Harper. Wow!
Now, that's a real game changer! Had this been advertised in advance we would have seen even more interest in joining the cruise!
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: chff on December 12, 2018, 07:09:53 AM
Stephen Harper. Wow!
If someone still don't know who that is, it's the Canadian version of President Obama

https://youtu.be/75bWsqwwOgQ
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on December 12, 2018, 08:01:19 AM
If someone still don't know who that is, it's the Canadian version of President Obama
Now, that's a real game changer! Had this been advertised in advance we would have seen even more interest in joining the cruise!
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: jose34 on December 12, 2018, 08:06:53 AM
Here you go...
If @Something Fishy adds me as a contact.. it'll be easy enough..

Thank you!!!!!
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Joe4007 on December 12, 2018, 08:38:22 AM
My first ever visit to the UK aka our Gas Station
Nah. You're just back to Argentina
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: chff on December 12, 2018, 09:25:56 AM
Nah. You're just back to Argentina
Huh?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Joe4007 on December 12, 2018, 09:37:44 AM
Huh?
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falkland_Islands_sovereignty_dispute
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: chff on December 12, 2018, 10:03:20 AM
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falkland_Islands_sovereignty_dispute
I was stamped by HM customs so I guess it's the UK
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: lfas25 on December 12, 2018, 10:49:37 AM
Here you go...
If @Something Fishy adds me as a contact.. it'll be easy enough..

Here are some more that I think you left off


(http://i68.tinypic.com/20k6nt0.jpg)

(http://i68.tinypic.com/20544kw.jpg)

(http://i64.tinypic.com/sxyw48.jpg)

(http://i64.tinypic.com/213r6ts.jpg)
"Breakfast is served"

(http://i66.tinypic.com/saw040.jpg)

(http://i68.tinypic.com/1ze8qdd.jpg)

(http://i67.tinypic.com/140chg0.jpg)

(http://i65.tinypic.com/8zelgk.jpg)

(http://i66.tinypic.com/bgqjwg.jpg)

(http://i64.tinypic.com/358854y.jpg)
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on December 12, 2018, 10:57:40 AM
Here are some more that I think you left off
Where is the MEAT?  :)
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: yesitsme on December 12, 2018, 11:00:28 AM
Late shachris 9:00?
and where's the late breakfast

Mincha 08:45 PM wow.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: lfas25 on December 12, 2018, 11:09:15 AM
These are from @Dan Instagram stories:

(http://i64.tinypic.com/14wgftg.jpg)

(http://i68.tinypic.com/9kumoi.jpg)

(http://i63.tinypic.com/ve9pn4.jpg)
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: YesThatsMe on December 12, 2018, 11:26:43 AM
Now, that's a real game changer! Had this been advertised in advance we would have seen even more interest in joining the cruise!

Don't make fun. I was really planning on joining but DW was reluctant about leaving the kids behind. Had I known Harper was on board and that they would go to The Falklands (I'm obsessed with Modern British History) I would 1000% of joined!

@Dan, did you guys get to go ashore at Stanley?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: chff on December 12, 2018, 11:32:41 AM
Late shachris 9:00?
and where's the late breakfast

Mincha 08:45 PM wow.
Today shachris was 0545
Don't make fun. I was really planning on joining but DW was reluctant about leaving the kids behind. Had I known Harper was on board and that they would go to The Falklands (I'm obsessed with Modern British History) I would 1000% of joined!

@Dan, did you guys get to go ashore at Stanley?
We went off at Port Stanley from around 0700 till 1230
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: YesThatsMe on December 12, 2018, 11:34:32 AM
Don't make fun. I was really planning on joining but DW was reluctant about leaving the kids behind. Had I known Harper was on board and that they would go to The Falklands (I'm obsessed with Modern British History) I would 1000% of joined!

@Dan, did you guys get to go ashore at Stanley?

Question answered. My jealousy knows no bounds. Does this mean less penguin time?


Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Dan on December 12, 2018, 12:02:53 PM
Question answered. My jealousy knows no bounds. Does this mean less penguin time?
Saw lots of penguins in the Falklands!
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ExGingi on December 12, 2018, 12:07:06 PM
Don't make fun. I was really planning on joining but DW was reluctant about leaving the kids behind. Had I known Harper was on board and that they would go to The Falklands (I'm obsessed with Modern British History) I would 1000% of joined!

@Dan, did you guys get to go ashore at Stanley?

Why do you think I was making fun? I might have been making fun with my "boycott!" post, but I am dead serious when I say that knowing that Stephen Harper would be on board is a game changer (though TBH, I don't think I would have gone even with that major enticement).
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: PenguinBOT on December 12, 2018, 12:25:16 PM
And so it begins... Boat is going up, boat is going down, and lunch is churning.

inr.ch/QS4SNAJ (http://inr.ch/QS4SNAJ)
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Joe4007 on December 12, 2018, 01:44:57 PM
Saw lots of penguins in the Falklands!
Does getting off the boat in the Falklands affect the boarding within 3 days of shabbos issue?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: YesThatsMe on December 12, 2018, 01:45:46 PM
Security is optional for former prime ministers in Canada. Harper chose to keep a security detail when he left office but being that it's optional he can probably ditch them whenever he wants. And you can't be sure they're not there because his security is all plainclothes. So that 'friend' he has on board.....

https://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/the-gargoyle-harper-can-keep-scaled-down-rcmp-protective-detail

Yeah...

https://nationalpost.com/news/politics/back-to-normal-former-prime-ministers-reflect-on-return-to-anonymous-civilian-life
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Yehudaa on December 12, 2018, 02:03:45 PM


And so it begins... Boat is going up, boat is going down, and lunch is churning.

inr.ch/QS4SNAJ (http://inr.ch/QS4SNAJ)

Aha. מדה כנגד מדה. All that cc churning is catching up to us. Now it's Amex's turn to laugh.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Moishebatchy on December 12, 2018, 02:10:03 PM
And so it begins... Boat is going up, boat is going down, and lunch is churning.

So tell me... this boat that you say is going up, is it going down as well?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: as2 on December 12, 2018, 02:20:37 PM
So tell me... this boat that you say is going up, is it going down as well?
You on board?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: chaimmayer on December 12, 2018, 03:19:32 PM
Relax, everybody. We're working our rumps off....
Once heard Rabbi Berel Wein say that he was on an Alaskan cruise and the former captain of the ship was one of the passengers.  He said that he had been the captain of the ship for many years but never got a chance to enjoy it cause he was too busy working so now he came back as a passenger.

Hope you guys are enjoying too!
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: shaulyaakov on December 12, 2018, 03:39:40 PM
How's the drake going?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on December 12, 2018, 03:47:57 PM
How's the drake going?

Mostly good so far, some ups and downs. Tomorrow is supposed to be worse.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on December 12, 2018, 03:50:44 PM
Mostly good so far, s9ke ups and downs. Tomorrow is supposed to be worse.
If you get a chance throw that penguin overboard.  :)
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on December 12, 2018, 03:52:36 PM
You just can't plan some things...

If you would have asked me a year ago where I would be in a year, "standing on a street corner in the Flaklands teaching a former Canadian PM Yiddish" would definitely not have been my answer.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ExGingi on December 12, 2018, 03:54:26 PM
You just can't plan some things...

If you would have asked me a year ago where I would be in a year, "standing on a street corner in the Flaklands teaching a former Canadian PM Yiddish" would definitely not have been my answer.
Can we have video, or at least audio of that?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Eliyohu on December 12, 2018, 03:55:27 PM
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Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: shaulyaakov on December 12, 2018, 04:04:05 PM
How is there cell service on the drake? I thought it would be text emails only.

Was Falklands part of the trip or unscheduled?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: jj1000 on December 12, 2018, 04:04:28 PM
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Say Mother Falkland Penguin! 3 times fast ;)
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: BarryLincoln on December 12, 2018, 04:09:23 PM
Are Penguins kosher?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: as2 on December 12, 2018, 04:11:02 PM
Say Mother Falkland Penguin! 3 times fast ;)
ALOL
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on December 12, 2018, 04:13:19 PM
Are Penguins kosher?
No they are Catholic.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Mordyk on December 12, 2018, 04:13:53 PM
Say Mother Falkland Penguin! 3 times fast ;)
;D ;D ;D ;D

even in my head that sounded bad
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ExGingi on December 12, 2018, 04:17:29 PM
Are Penguins kosher?
No.

But seems like there are sheep and cattle there, so no need to go hungry.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Yaalili on December 12, 2018, 04:19:11 PM
Was Falklands part of the trip or unscheduled?

So apparently there's a fuel shortage in Ushuaia.

Looks like we're adding the Falklands to our itinerary!
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: lfas25 on December 12, 2018, 06:24:30 PM
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Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: lfas25 on December 12, 2018, 07:07:46 PM

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Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: IGBES on December 12, 2018, 07:23:19 PM
For those that don't fallow DDMS
https://www.dansdeals.com/points-travel/trip-notes/antarctica-trip-notes-part-2-flying-end-world-southernmost-chanukah-party-ushuaia/
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: sammy n on December 12, 2018, 07:30:52 PM
(http://i64.tinypic.com/dqkkfa.jpg)

(http://i65.tinypic.com/241pdh3.jpg)

(http://i66.tinypic.com/1zp4d3a.jpg)

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Showing off that Dan has your number saved in his contacts?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: as2 on December 12, 2018, 07:32:06 PM
Showing off that Dan has your number saved in his contacts?
Lol those are from IG, no?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Yaalili on December 12, 2018, 07:32:59 PM
Showing off that Dan has your number saved in his contacts?

These are from Instagram. You can follow it too.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: as2 on December 12, 2018, 07:33:45 PM
No don't believe so.
SF was a mix of WA and IG but Dan was all IG
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: lfas25 on December 12, 2018, 07:33:49 PM
Correct
Lol those are from IG, no?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: sammy n on December 12, 2018, 07:34:31 PM
Lol those are from IG, no?
These are from Instagram. You can follow it too.
I stand corrected.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: yesitsme on December 12, 2018, 08:36:10 PM
Quote
Moishie whacked his head into the top of a doorway,

How often does this happen?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on December 12, 2018, 09:00:35 PM
How often does this happen?

4 times on the boat so far, all In the same spot on my head. Imma need to get me a helmet.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: EJB on December 13, 2018, 12:39:14 AM
Whens the next raffle?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: mmgfarb on December 13, 2018, 12:48:23 AM
Whens the next raffle?
Lol
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: CsMD on December 13, 2018, 02:14:16 AM
4 times on the boat so far, all In the same spot on my head. Imma need to get me a helmet.
I noticed from the picture that you also have a motion sickness patch on. Poor guy!
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: S209 on December 13, 2018, 03:10:47 AM
You just can't plan some things...

If you would have asked me a year ago where I would be in a year, "standing on a street corner in the Flaklands teaching a former Canadian PM Yiddish" would definitely not have been my answer.
I would totally have called that
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: chff on December 13, 2018, 05:36:43 AM
I noticed from the picture that you also have a motion sickness patch on. Poor guy!
Most people have that
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on December 13, 2018, 07:49:20 AM
Most people have that
As a precaution?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: yoshyosh on December 13, 2018, 08:31:41 AM
As a precaution?
Yes
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: chff on December 13, 2018, 09:28:30 AM
4 times on the boat so far, all In the same spot on my head. Imma need to get me a helmet.
https://youtu.be/USu8vT_tfdw
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: lfas25 on December 13, 2018, 10:43:38 AM
Kiddush Levana

Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: jose34 on December 13, 2018, 10:57:42 AM
How come wasnt done on M"S?

Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: aygart on December 13, 2018, 10:59:44 AM
How come wasnt done on M"S?


They weren't sure when that would be :P
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: greatluck on December 13, 2018, 11:05:03 AM
Kiddush Levana
do they do Kiddush Levana before the 7th?, I believe it's going to be another Minion!
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Yehuda57 on December 13, 2018, 11:05:57 AM
How come wasnt done on M"S?

It was.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Zevi16 on December 13, 2018, 11:07:14 AM
I want pictures of the accommodations.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ExGingi on December 13, 2018, 11:11:19 AM
@Dan how are you celebrating Hei Teves down there?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: farmbochur on December 13, 2018, 12:44:57 PM
@Dan how are you celebrating Hei Teves down there?
With specially designed נסיעה לאנטארקטיקה ספרים
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Yehuda57 on December 13, 2018, 12:54:57 PM
@Dan how are you celebrating Hei Teves down there?
With copious amounts of wine
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ExGingi on December 13, 2018, 12:57:09 PM
With copious amounts of wine

Feh! Hei Teves! Nothing with less than a 40% alcohol content should be allowed.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: mochjas on December 13, 2018, 01:13:43 PM
How many DDFers are on this trip? Seems like only 4 @Moishebatchy @Dan @Something Fishy @chff

Did I miss anyone?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: AsherO on December 13, 2018, 01:23:38 PM
@Dan how are you celebrating Hei Teves down there?

Teaching Tanya to the penguins, naturally.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: chff on December 13, 2018, 01:25:01 PM
Feh! Hei Teves! Nothing with less than a 40% alcohol content should be allowed.
At the moment we are high on alcohol to counter balance the movement of the ship
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Deal Guy on December 13, 2018, 06:52:08 PM
Any status pics today?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: lfas25 on December 13, 2018, 06:59:08 PM

(http://i66.tinypic.com/14tx75.jpg)

(http://i66.tinypic.com/eanmmx.jpg)

(http://i65.tinypic.com/14dm24g.jpg)
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: MeirS on December 13, 2018, 07:04:25 PM


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Thanks!
Keep 'em coming!
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: lfas25 on December 13, 2018, 07:06:45 PM

Thanks!
Keep 'em coming!
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: jose34 on December 13, 2018, 07:53:57 PM
It was.
Not to make a big deal about an issue nothing to do with the trip but
Huh? They were on the boat already this past M"S?
I actaully saw people doing Kiddush Levnah tonight in J-lem. Confused since I thought you're supposed to do it on M"S. Is their something with Teves that you do it before?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: davidrotts63 on December 13, 2018, 07:56:27 PM
Not to make a big deal about an issue nothing to do with the trip but
Huh? They were on the boat already this past M"S?
I actaully saw people doing Kiddush Levnah tonight in J-lem. Confused since I thought you're supposed to do it on M"S. Is their something with Teves that you do it before?
In the winter people tend to do it earlier.
Chasidim who normally wait for zayin, do gimel in the winter.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: as2 on December 13, 2018, 07:57:19 PM
Bummer. No IG stories from either of them.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: davidrotts63 on December 13, 2018, 07:59:54 PM
Bummer. No IG stories from either of them.
Whatsapp is giving food and this
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: jose34 on December 13, 2018, 08:00:18 PM
In the winter people tend to do it earlier.
Chasidim who normally wait for zayin, do gimel in the winter.

Got it; thanks that makes sense since it was a Chasidish shul that doing it tonight.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: as2 on December 13, 2018, 08:20:19 PM
Whatsapp is giving food and this
Correct, but nothing on IG from either of them.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: yesitsme on December 13, 2018, 09:55:39 PM
(https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=99236.0;attach=29359;image)3
We are officially in Antarctica!
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: yesitsme on December 13, 2018, 10:05:04 PM
(https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=99236.0;attach=29363;image)
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ExGingi on December 13, 2018, 10:08:42 PM
(https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=99236.0;attach=29359;image)3
We are officially in Antarctica!
What’s up (down) with the elevation?

(https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=99236.0;attach=29363;image)
Ketchup?

I'd never expected that kind of blasphemy from such food aficionados!

Though I wouldn't mind some of that PATRÓN (or is that something else?). And those shot cups are absolutely Hei Teves appropriate.   ;D
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: lfas25 on December 13, 2018, 10:40:47 PM
Antarctica!

Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Deal Guy on December 13, 2018, 11:52:40 PM
Nice!

On cruisemapper, it seems you are still far from land.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Yehuda57 on December 14, 2018, 12:04:00 AM
Not to make a big deal about an issue nothing to do with the trip but
Huh? They were on the boat already this past M"S?
I actaully saw people doing Kiddush Levnah tonight in J-lem. Confused since I thought you're supposed to do it on M"S. Is their something with Teves that you do it before?
Not to dissect the frog, but zmanim are all kinds of crazy and confusing down there, you never really know what time or day it is
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Deal Guy on December 14, 2018, 12:13:48 AM
What time is Sunset where you are. Alot of the pics like the kiddush levana video have a certain darkness to it, yet its nor really dark.
Does it get real dark? How long does it last for before it starts getting light?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: jj1000 on December 14, 2018, 06:30:14 AM
What time is Sunset where you are. Alot of the pics like the kiddush levana video have a certain darkness to it, yet its nor really dark.
Does it get real dark? How long does it last for before it starts getting light?
When they were in Ushuia Chatzos Halaila and Alot Hashachar were the same time...
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: shaulyaakov on December 14, 2018, 07:08:14 AM
Seems the Falklands detour has them getting to Antarctica at least a day late.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: MeirS on December 14, 2018, 07:23:18 AM
When they were in Ushuia Chatzos Halaila and Alot Hashachar were the same time...
According to the Alter Rebbe, that's the way it's done in many places.
Even places like London, they follow that system for about 2 months in the summer.
It's not that they're the same time, rather since the sun doesn't go that far below the horizon, so there is no Alos. The AR says we use Chatzos for all things which must end before the night is over.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: yesitsme on December 14, 2018, 09:17:22 AM
(https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=99236.0;attach=29366;image)
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Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: lfas25 on December 14, 2018, 09:20:46 AM

(http://i64.tinypic.com/214d2p.jpg)

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Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: theyankel on December 14, 2018, 09:22:06 AM
Good shabbos
+1
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on December 14, 2018, 10:34:10 AM
Can you take your off trip discussion here: https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=11285.0
Some of us just want pics and to be able to beat up on the penguin.  :)
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: BarryLincoln on December 14, 2018, 10:42:00 AM
Great pics!!!  Thank you for sharing...
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: shaulyaakov on December 14, 2018, 11:28:21 AM
Will you hit Antarctica before shabbos? Any way to set up a Tchum to allow a disembarkation on shabbos?

Would be a shame if after everything, there was only Sunday and Monday to be able to actually spend time in Antarctica.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Mount Scopus on December 14, 2018, 11:46:29 AM
More updates from Morris

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4877/32442321748_c464b6cfcb_z.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4816/45590907044_68b9b700fa_z.jpg)

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Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: shmebeble on December 14, 2018, 11:47:33 AM
Will you hit Antarctica before shabbos? Any way to set up a Tchum to allow a disembarkation on shabbos?

Would be a shame if after everything, there was only Sunday and Monday to be able to actually spend time in Antarctica.
not a shame- would be worth going for two days for sure!
and technically I think you can make the techum to extend a total of 4000 amos if you do it right. but that isnt so practical here
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: yesitsme on December 14, 2018, 12:28:41 PM
@Something Fishy Could you post a short video of the waves please? Thanks.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: jj1000 on December 14, 2018, 02:44:22 PM
On the bridge, plotting shabbos zmanim with the navigation officer:

(https://i.imgur.com/iJZlsGa.jpg)
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Eliyohu on December 14, 2018, 03:00:59 PM
For those who don't follow Ddms on WhatsApp

Gorgeous!
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Yaalili on December 14, 2018, 03:05:34 PM
One more from whatsapp.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Yehuda25 on December 14, 2018, 03:49:19 PM
One more from whatsapp.
you probably shouldn't be posting someone's status online.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: mendyt on December 14, 2018, 03:53:34 PM
you probably shouldn't be posting someone's status online.

It's on DDMS as well
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: lfas25 on December 14, 2018, 04:05:35 PM
you probably shouldn't be posting someone's status online.
He gave permission, as if you followed this thread a lot of ppl wanted to see the updates but couldn't
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Dan on December 14, 2018, 04:13:33 PM
Will you hit Antarctica before shabbos? Any way to set up a Tchum to allow a disembarkation on shabbos?

Would be a shame if after everything, there was only Sunday and Monday to be able to actually spend time in Antarctica.
That's the best case scenario at this point.

You need to board a zodiac to reach land, don't think that's allowed on Shabbos. Same goes for reboarding on Shabbos.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Yaalili on December 14, 2018, 04:16:08 PM
He gave permission

It's on DDMS as well

Correct.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: yesitsme on December 15, 2018, 06:43:23 PM
Quote
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4814/31375498357_37162faeaf_z.jpg)
Poor fish doesn't fit on his chair
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Eliyohu on December 15, 2018, 07:35:26 PM
One more from whatsapp.
Is that AK, Bmg CEO?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: davidrotts63 on December 15, 2018, 07:36:20 PM
Is that AK, Bmg CEO?
Yupp
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: cmey on December 15, 2018, 07:41:52 PM
Is that AK, Bmg CEO?
Giving the Zmanim shiur? Looks like it is.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: lfas25 on December 15, 2018, 09:52:03 PM
Some more video from SF

https://youtu.be/j2TDHjmGdYk
"chabad of Antarctica"

https://youtu.be/mwTkLJb9bxs
"and it's snowing in Antarctica"


Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: lfas25 on December 15, 2018, 10:15:43 PM
Video unavailable.
I edited the links, does it work now?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Joe4007 on December 15, 2018, 10:16:45 PM
I edited the links, does it work now?
Yes.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ludmila on December 15, 2018, 10:17:10 PM
I edited the links, does it work now?
Yes, thanks.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: lfas25 on December 15, 2018, 11:41:01 PM
(http://i64.tinypic.com/dr6mq9.jpg)

(http://i65.tinypic.com/xg002r.jpg)
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Yaalili on December 16, 2018, 12:08:51 AM
Another one.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Yaalili on December 16, 2018, 12:27:42 AM
.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Yaalili on December 16, 2018, 12:28:13 AM
.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Yaalili on December 16, 2018, 12:33:10 AM
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Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: IGBES on December 16, 2018, 12:44:05 AM
Is that AK, Bmg CEO?
Definitely up his alley!
https://www.app.com/story/news/local/communitychange/2018/04/24/aaron-kotler-bmg-lakewood-nj-yeshiva/482681002/
Quote
When Kotler takes a vacation, it’s not to laze at a resort. He prefers backpacking or skiing or cycling. Ask to see a picture of his off-the-grid adventures and he’ll show you a dozen. Last month, he camped on ice under the Northern Lights in Norway.

It was his fifth trip to the Arctic.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: as2 on December 16, 2018, 12:45:49 AM
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@Something Fishy Interesting way to protect your head, but if it works, it works.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: lfas25 on December 16, 2018, 12:46:25 AM
Post havdalah shachris in the wee hours of the morning /night

https://youtu.be/PZu8D2gJgCw
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: lfas25 on December 16, 2018, 10:27:32 AM

Cuverville Island

https://youtu.be/hUXaE8ykhQI
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: yandmk on December 16, 2018, 11:09:55 AM
Surprised that this trip has not gotten any media coverage in Israel or the US (even Jewish media outlets).
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on December 16, 2018, 11:13:15 AM
Surprised that this trip has not gotten any media coverage in Israel or the US (even Jewish media outlets).
Why? I understand why it is big on DDF but other than that what's the big deal?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: yandmk on December 16, 2018, 11:21:57 AM
Why? I understand why it is big on DDF but other than that what's the big deal?
Historical trip for Orthodox Jews.
Either way, doesn't take much for them to cover a story like this. If it will bring them another few hundred clicks, it's worth it. I believe they simply haven't heard about it....
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on December 16, 2018, 11:23:56 AM
Historical trip for Orthodox Jews.
Either way, doesn't take much for them to cover a story like this. If it will bring them another few hundred clicks, it's worth it. I believe they simply haven't heard about it....
"Historical"? You expect this to part of history in 100 years?  :)
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: yandmk on December 16, 2018, 11:25:14 AM
"Historical"? You expect this to part of history in 100 years?  :)
We'll talk in 100 years...
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on December 16, 2018, 11:29:27 AM
We'll talk in 100 years...
...you will be talking to yourself as I won't be here in a 100 years.  ;)
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Ergel on December 16, 2018, 11:34:16 AM
"Historical"? You expect this to part of history in 100 years?  :)
No, historical as in the way millennials view historical. The first time they've seen it
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on December 16, 2018, 11:37:06 AM
No, historical as in the way millennials view historical. The first time they've seen it
That makes more sense.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Yaalili on December 16, 2018, 11:46:17 AM
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Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Boruch999 on December 16, 2018, 11:54:19 AM
"Historical"? You expect this to part of history in 100 years?  :)

This will likely be the first of many.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: aygart on December 16, 2018, 12:02:25 PM
"Historical"? You expect this to part of history in 100 years?  :)
I guess that since these days EVERYTHING is historic .......
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: shaulyaakov on December 16, 2018, 12:06:41 PM
First time people get to go on land?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Yaalili on December 16, 2018, 01:19:34 PM
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Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: lfas25 on December 16, 2018, 02:18:18 PM
where can i see morris hershko status? his ig account hs nothing new
You need to have him add your phone number to his phone and you need to add his..
Good luck getting that done before he returns from the trip.

That's (one reason) why his statuses are being posted here.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Yehudaa on December 16, 2018, 03:20:25 PM
How do the guys on the cruise have internet access? I thought they were just going to have text-only email and all we'd get is text updates on DDMS and some snippets from the PenguinBot (who- of all creatures- seems to have fallen overboard or something) but we seem to be getting a near-steady stream of pics and now even videos.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: chff on December 16, 2018, 04:44:00 PM
How do the guys on the cruise have internet access? I thought they were just going to have text-only email and all we'd get is text updates on DDMS and some snippets from the PenguinBot (who- of all creatures- seems to have fallen overboard or something) but we seem to be getting a near-steady stream of pics and now even videos.
Somehow we figured out that they installed a new internet service, we just couldn't confirm it till like a few days before
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Luvtotravel on December 16, 2018, 06:47:48 PM
whats sf's instagram handle?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Mount Scopus on December 16, 2018, 06:54:35 PM
https://www.instagram.com/morrishersko/
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: lyla on December 16, 2018, 07:23:51 PM
Thoroughly enjoying this (even the comments from the peanut gallery). Keep it coming!
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: lfas25 on December 16, 2018, 11:21:51 PM
"a sunset for the ages"

https://youtu.be/NvhHlg07eqo
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: lfas25 on December 16, 2018, 11:35:40 PM
Around and around

https://youtu.be/WyoW6d9-AOc
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Yaalili on December 17, 2018, 06:37:43 AM
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Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: yesitsme on December 17, 2018, 09:07:40 AM

Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: lfas25 on December 17, 2018, 09:10:39 AM


Both were posted already..
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: yesitsme on December 17, 2018, 11:27:42 AM
wiki added
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ushdadude on December 17, 2018, 11:31:38 AM


this confuses me. is he holding the actual camera or is there a drone that follows the thing he's holding?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: lfas25 on December 17, 2018, 11:33:01 AM
this confuses me. is he holding the actual camera or is there a drone that follows the thing he's holding?
He's holding some contraption that spins a 360° camera
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on December 17, 2018, 11:34:31 AM
He's holding some contraption that spins a 360° camera
Pretty cool.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: how on December 17, 2018, 11:34:58 AM
this confuses me. is he holding the actual camera or is there a drone that follows the thing he's holding?
The camera deletes itself from the video. check out the last second where he presses the button on the camera but you dont see the camera
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: lfas25 on December 17, 2018, 11:37:09 AM
The camera deletes itself from the video. check out the last second where he presses the button on the camera but you dont see the camera
That is because it can't take a picture of itself.. It gets everything around it.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ushdadude on December 17, 2018, 11:39:09 AM
The camera deletes itself from the video. check out the last second where he presses the button on the camera but you dont see the camera
i'm trying to find out what it is but apparently you can't take a picture of it ;D
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: as2 on December 17, 2018, 12:07:30 PM
It's the Insta360 ONE X (https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1437236-REG/insta360_222178_one_x_camera.html/?ap=y&gclid=Cj0KCQiAr93gBRDSARIsADvHiOqGb3ykXWSYzBZ4Cag9joDzyz-wTLHchXlwWVvs1UfGK8nQwnoURv4aAi5QEALw_wcB&lsft=BI%3A514&smp=Y). SF has mentioned it before.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: luckyluck on December 17, 2018, 02:58:02 PM
Is there time for overnight camping on the continent?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: tageed-lee on December 17, 2018, 04:52:38 PM


@Something Fishy making a toast with a wine glass... (Once you see it you cant "unsee" it)
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: shaulyaakov on December 17, 2018, 05:09:33 PM
Is there time for overnight camping on the continent?

I think they leave tonight, so it would have had to be Sunday night, which since we haven't seen any pics of it, sounds like it didn't happen.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: jose34 on December 17, 2018, 05:14:15 PM
I think they leave tonight, so it would have had to be Sunday night, which since we haven't seen any pics of it, sounds like it didn't happen.

Didnt things get thrown off with the fuel shortage or something? They had to stop in the Falkian Islands...
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ExGingi on December 17, 2018, 05:27:38 PM
They have an extra long grueling fast starting very soon.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Yaalili on December 17, 2018, 05:38:56 PM
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Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on December 17, 2018, 06:14:44 PM
They have an extra long grueling fast starting very soon.
How long?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: jj1000 on December 17, 2018, 06:16:45 PM
How long?
Around 24 hours FWIU.

Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: lfas25 on December 17, 2018, 06:32:04 PM
Woke up with a view





Who did it better, a mack truck, elephant seal or @Something Fishy


Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on December 17, 2018, 06:33:38 PM
Anyone know what the temperature of the water is?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: chff on December 17, 2018, 07:02:56 PM
Anyone know what the temperature of the water is?
Cold. Ice cold
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on December 17, 2018, 07:24:34 PM
Cold. Ice cold
So no Antarctic plunge?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: lfas25 on December 17, 2018, 07:25:26 PM
So no Antarctic plunge?
Isn't ice cold water the point of an arctic plunge?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on December 17, 2018, 07:29:34 PM
Isn't ice cold water the point of an arctic plunge?
Yes but not for wimps.  :)
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: lfas25 on December 17, 2018, 09:58:02 PM


Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: jj1000 on December 17, 2018, 10:02:01 PM
MT @Moishebatchy for being the first person in the history of the world to make a siyum on every continent!

Super cool accomplishment!
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on December 17, 2018, 10:04:26 PM


I will gladly eat crow on my wimp comment!!!
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on December 17, 2018, 10:05:58 PM
MT @Moishebatchy for being the first person in the history of the world to make a siyum on every continent!

Super cool accomplishment!
Not sure what it is but sounds impressive.
Congrats @Moishebatchy
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: noturbizniss on December 17, 2018, 10:13:50 PM
Probably Also first person to make a siyum on Antarctica let alone every continent!
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: coralsnake on December 17, 2018, 10:17:56 PM
MT @Moishebatchy for being the first person in the history of the world to make making a siyum on every 4/7 continents!

Super cool accomplishment!

FTFY
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Deal Guy on December 17, 2018, 10:18:49 PM
Mt!
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: LoLo on December 17, 2018, 10:20:18 PM
FTFY
SF wrote every continent.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: coralsnake on December 17, 2018, 10:24:40 PM
SF wrote every continent.
IYH he will soon be correct.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: LoLo on December 17, 2018, 10:33:13 PM
So i can still beat him.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Definitions on December 18, 2018, 02:49:53 AM
Not sure what it is but sounds impressive.
https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=29548.msg511780#msg511780

I'll save you a post though. It's when someone finishes learning something. Usually one makes a siyum when finishing a tractate (masechta) in gemara. Although there can be a siyum for other things as well.

When people make a siyum they make a party of some sort.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Baglach on December 18, 2018, 03:46:23 AM
Surprised that this trip has not gotten any media coverage in Israel or the US (even Jewish media outlets).

There you go
http://www.bhol.co.il/news/962185

Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: chff on December 18, 2018, 07:13:00 AM
Today's special: if you want to at least feel how we feel today, just get sick and throw up
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: davidrotts63 on December 18, 2018, 07:14:13 AM
Today's special: if you want to at least feel how we feel today, just get sick and throw up
Everyone? How's the fast?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: chff on December 18, 2018, 07:15:29 AM
Everyone? How's the fast?
Many. I didn't even start the fast (technically I did till now.... But was sleeping)
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: shaulyaakov on December 18, 2018, 07:18:32 AM
Many. I didn't even start the fast (technically I did till now.... But was sleeping)
If you get sick, isn't that a ptur on 10 teves?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: chff on December 18, 2018, 07:41:32 AM
If you get sick, isn't that a ptur on 10 teves?
Yay me!

I'd rather fast then be sick, believe me
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: MeirS on December 18, 2018, 07:57:41 AM


Brrrr...

Who was the first to go to the Mikvah in Antarctica?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: aygart on December 18, 2018, 09:48:49 AM
The choppy waters in Dan's instagram story don't look fun.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Mordyk on December 18, 2018, 09:52:32 AM
The choppy waters in Dan's instagram story don't look fun.
+1  im sitting at my desk and getting nauseous
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: whYME on December 18, 2018, 09:57:10 AM
The choppy waters in Dan's instagram story don't look fun.
can someone post that here please?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Yaalili on December 18, 2018, 10:01:57 AM
can someone post that here please?

https://www.instagram.com/dansdeals/

You need to have account to see stories.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: whYME on December 18, 2018, 10:23:38 AM
You need to have account to see stories.
Hence
can someone post that here please?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: luckyluck on December 18, 2018, 12:12:59 PM
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: jose34 on December 18, 2018, 03:59:51 PM
[ Invalid YouTube link ]

Pretty cool to see the penguin walking the background, the siyum is cool and everythin ( MZ!) but too see a real live penguin just walking around.... so cool!
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Deal Guy on December 18, 2018, 05:15:56 PM
Is the drake shake passage the entire way back, or is it just the first day, and after that it's a nice ride?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on December 18, 2018, 05:54:08 PM
Is that more interesting than how many did the polar plunge?
H*LL NO!!! How many but more importantly did you?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Dan on December 18, 2018, 05:58:16 PM
H*LL NO!!! How many but more importantly did you?
I did indeed. Should be used for enhanced interrogation methods.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on December 18, 2018, 06:04:13 PM
I did indeed. Should be used for enhanced interrogation methods.
Did you feel your heart stopped?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: LoLo on December 18, 2018, 06:04:29 PM
So what seeecrits did you reveal after the plunge?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Dan on December 18, 2018, 06:10:31 PM
Did you feel your heart stopped?
Went into complete shock. Couldn't move a limb. One of the dumber things I've done in my days.

Probably should have gone feet first rather than head first, but I'd never have gone under if I slowly went in.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Deal Guy on December 18, 2018, 06:12:44 PM
How many of you did the plunge? 12?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on December 18, 2018, 06:14:10 PM
Went into complete shock. Couldn't move a limb. One of the dumber things I've done in my days.

Probably should have gone feet first rather than head first, but I'd never have gone under if I slowly went in.
The plunge wasn't dumb but head first was. Who's idea was that?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Dan on December 18, 2018, 06:17:40 PM
How many of you did the plunge? 12?
More, though not sure exactly.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Deal Guy on December 18, 2018, 08:11:08 PM
Feel for you guys. Tomorrow will hopefully be a better day.

Why is everyone so seasick on the way back as opposed to the way there? Less waves then?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: lfas25 on December 18, 2018, 08:15:34 PM
Went into complete shock. Couldn't move a limb. One of the dumber things I've done in my days.

Probably should have gone feet first rather than head first, but I'd never have gone under if I slowly went in.
How did you get out?
You were rescued or came to your senses to do it by yourself?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Lou Bob on December 18, 2018, 08:25:13 PM
Went into complete shock. Couldn't move a limb. One of the dumber things I've done in my days.

Probably should have gone feet first rather than head first, but I'd never have gone under if I slowly went in.
voidh
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Dan on December 18, 2018, 08:34:27 PM
How did you get out?
You were rescued or came to your senses to do it by yourself?
Managed to pull it together and grab a hand back onto land.
Not my cup of tea. The initial shock to the system is awful.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: chinagel on December 18, 2018, 08:55:25 PM
Managed to pull it together and grab a hand back onto land.
Not my cup of tea. The initial shock to the system is awful.
SF looked like it was just another day at the beach/mikva. :)
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: lyla on December 18, 2018, 09:08:09 PM
I did indeed. Should be used for enhanced interrogation methods.
Video please!
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Dan on December 18, 2018, 09:10:22 PM
SF looked like it was just another day at the beach/mikva. :)
His mikve is normally 28 degrees?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: jj1000 on December 18, 2018, 09:22:17 PM
His mikve is normally 28 degrees?
So I guess this was worse than the ice bucket challenge?

Did you nominate 3 people to do the plunge?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: cozmohoot on December 18, 2018, 09:36:31 PM
Went into complete shock. Couldn't move a limb. One of the dumber things I've done in my days.

Probably should have gone feet first rather than head first, but I'd never have gone under if I slowly went in.
Head first as in a dive? That's crazy
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: zh cohen on December 19, 2018, 12:08:28 AM
Can't even imagine the mesirus nefesh jews had for mikvah in Russia and Europe during the winter months probably less than 100 years ago.... Stories are told that in certain cities they needed to break the ice to toivel!

When breaking through the ice, the water isn't as cold (at least on a lake).
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Deal Guy on December 19, 2018, 12:55:37 PM
What's on the itinerary for today? It looks like you are almost back, but the schedule originally had you guys only arriving tomorrow morning?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: aygart on December 19, 2018, 04:18:47 PM
(at least on a lake).
Freshwater freezes at a higher temperature than salt water.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: jj1000 on December 19, 2018, 05:41:15 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/XnaocvO.jpg)

HT: @Something Fishy for the pic...
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on December 19, 2018, 05:43:00 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/XnaocvO.jpg)

HT: @Something Fishy for the pic...
ROFLMAO!!!
Need more posts like that.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Yaalili on December 19, 2018, 05:45:58 PM
Alol :D
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: aygart on December 19, 2018, 05:58:47 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/XnaocvO.jpg)

HT: @Something Fishy for the pic...

Had they come in their hats and jackets it could have been look at that tall penguin
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: yelped on December 19, 2018, 06:49:33 PM

Oh. Ding Dong moment. Lol.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: lfas25 on December 19, 2018, 11:45:50 PM
Dinner with a view of the Beagle Channel

Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: lfas25 on December 19, 2018, 11:55:34 PM
Hugging it out SF style

Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ludmila on December 19, 2018, 11:58:20 PM
Dinner with a view of the Beagle Channel


Wow!!Amazing.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: as2 on December 20, 2018, 12:17:30 AM
The end.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on December 20, 2018, 12:43:53 AM
Oh. Ding Dong moment. Lol.

BING BONG
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: chff on December 20, 2018, 12:47:32 AM
BING BONG
Bon appetit!
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Moishebatchy on December 20, 2018, 12:48:54 AM
BING BONG

לאַפיִנג מאַי עֶס אוֺף 😂😂😂
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: yelped on December 20, 2018, 12:52:15 AM
Looks like I'm missing something here....
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: PenguinBOT on December 20, 2018, 01:00:06 AM
BING BONG

Who the heck was that?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: lfas25 on December 20, 2018, 01:00:39 AM
Who the heck was that?
It looked like a penguin
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Yehudaa on December 20, 2018, 01:20:43 AM
"Jewish Tourists to ANTARTICA Celebrate First Ever Siyum; Had to Fast 24 Hours on Asara B’Teves"

https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/general/1647387/watch-jewish-tourists-to-antartica-celebrate-first-ever-siyum-had-to-fast-24-hours-on-asara-bteves.html
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Cholentfresser on December 20, 2018, 01:40:58 AM
"Jewish Tourists to ANTARTICA Celebrate First Ever Siyum; Had to Fast 24 Hours on Asara B’Teves"

https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/general/1647387/watch-jewish-tourists-to-antartica-celebrate-first-ever-siyum-had-to-fast-24-hours-on-asara-bteves.html

TYW says they printed tanyas.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Emkay on December 20, 2018, 01:55:15 AM
TYW says they printed tanyas.
Not the only inaccuracy. Although that's to be expected from them.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: shaulyaakov on December 20, 2018, 06:45:41 AM
Not the only inaccuracy. Although that's to be expected from them.
Also said they sailed to the south pole, also said it was the first ever minyan in Antarctica.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: as2 on December 20, 2018, 07:23:23 AM
Looks like I'm missing something here....
See pictures above. Apparently they finished the wine
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: chucksterace on December 20, 2018, 07:36:10 AM
Just putting it out there...

Very disappointed with PenguinBOT. I was expecting a lot more posts. Did the Bot EVEN go on the boat??
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: grodnoking on December 20, 2018, 07:43:58 AM
Just putting it out there...

Very disappointed with PenguinBOT. I was expecting a lot more posts. Did the Bot EVEN go on the boat??
They ended up having data on the ship, so didn't need to use SMS thru satellite.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: chucksterace on December 20, 2018, 08:19:18 AM
They ended up having data on the ship, so didn't need to use SMS thru satellite.

Doesn't answer my question. So SF and Dan went on, that we saw. But what proof do we have that PenguinBOT actually went on the boat?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: as2 on December 20, 2018, 08:39:32 AM
Doesn't answer my question. So SF and Dan went on, that we saw. But what proof do we have that PenguinBOT actually went on the boat?
He can be clearly seen in the background during the siyum
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: aygart on December 20, 2018, 08:40:31 AM
Doesn't answer my question. So SF and Dan went on, that we saw. But what proof do we have that PenguinBOT actually went on the boat?
My thoughts exactly. It seems that the penguin was scared of Antarctica.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on December 20, 2018, 08:44:31 AM
The reason you all can't see the penguin is because she (not a he) blends in perfectly.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Yehuda57 on December 20, 2018, 11:02:15 AM
The reason you all can't see the penguin is because she (not a he) blends in perfectly.

We'll know if it is male or female if zhe is pictured in the Binshpachami magazine pieces about the trip.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: a good yeshiva bachur on December 20, 2018, 11:08:06 AM
how many DDFers went on the trip?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: bestwatchman on December 20, 2018, 11:45:54 AM
Vos iz neias status:
Moishe Paskesz, who is part of the first ever kosher cruise to Antarctica, makes a siyum on Masechtas Taanis in Paradise Bay, Antarctica.
With part of the video we all saw (missing the penguin)
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: shaulyaakov on December 20, 2018, 12:43:24 PM
Vos iz neias status:
Moishe Paskesz, who is part of the first ever kosher cruise to Antarctica, makes a siyum on Masechtas Taanis in Paradise Bay, Antarctica.
With part of the video we all saw (missing the penguin)
Lol zero fact checking.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: farmbochur on December 20, 2018, 03:34:36 PM
Looks like ar1880 arrived 45 min late
Best of luck to everyone making tight connections!
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: chff on December 21, 2018, 05:32:50 AM
Looks like ar1880 arrived 45 min late
Best of luck to everyone making tight connections!
More like an hour late. United was pretty tight and those who went straight to the airport made it right on time
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Dan on December 21, 2018, 05:43:09 AM
Those who tried to get food are now flying to NYC via my UA flight to IAH.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Deal Guy on December 21, 2018, 12:46:41 PM
https://www.cruisemapper.com/?imo=9000168
Miss it yet?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on December 21, 2018, 01:19:44 PM
Don't see much talk about the food. How was it?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Dan on December 21, 2018, 01:21:52 PM
Phenomenal!
Posted some pics on Instagram.
Mr. Harper raved about the kosher dishes.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: farmbochur on December 21, 2018, 01:38:26 PM


Mr. Harper raved about the kosher dishes.
So you're saying he's one of these shnorers?

https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=96861.15

And he even has the audacity to help himself to the kosher food?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Dan on December 21, 2018, 01:52:34 PM
So you're saying he's one of these shnorers?

https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=96861.15

And he even has the audacity to help himself to the kosher food?
Lol, let's just say that our Canadian caterers were a bit star struck.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: farmbochur on December 21, 2018, 01:54:53 PM
Lol, let's just say that our Canadian caterers were a bit star struck.
Please tell me you at least kicked him out of the siyum
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ExGingi on December 21, 2018, 02:06:06 PM
Lol, let's just say that our Canadian caterers were a bit star struck.

I think that others might have also been star struck if they know a little bit about SH.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: myi on December 21, 2018, 03:23:56 PM
https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/general/1647387/watch-jewish-tourists-to-antartica-celebrate-first-ever-siyum-had-to-fast-24-hours-on-asara-bteves.html

Mazel tov on the siyum.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: shaulyaakov on December 21, 2018, 03:28:17 PM
Phenomenal!
Posted some pics on Instagram.
Mr. Harper raved about the kosher dishes.
Better than the trief food?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Dan on December 21, 2018, 03:32:47 PM
Many days, absolutely
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: chff on December 22, 2018, 09:17:08 PM
SH comment about the poker game was something...
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on December 22, 2018, 09:45:44 PM
SH comment about the poker game was something...
Link?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Deal Guy on December 22, 2018, 10:28:19 PM
Dan, after seeing your pic on Instagram, it definitely looks like your plunge involved more ice then the video of SF.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: chff on December 22, 2018, 10:40:01 PM
Link?

Link to what? A comment he said on a boat?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Yaalili on December 22, 2018, 11:23:05 PM
Dan, after seeing your pic on Instagram, it definitely looks like your plunge involved more ice then the video of SF.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BrtvLhLHoD2/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=2dyj9kxey3uw
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ExGingi on December 23, 2018, 12:27:21 PM
Nice! Can't wait for the full TR!
+1000

Seems like the unplanned parts are the most fascinating.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: myi on December 23, 2018, 05:30:26 PM
So which DDF members ended up going on the cruise?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Traveler718 on December 23, 2018, 05:59:23 PM
So which DDF members ended up going on the cruise?

Don't know if I'm active enough to count as a DDF member, but I was part of the group on the cruise.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: chff on December 23, 2018, 07:27:30 PM
SH comment about the poker game was something...

The people playing poker invited him to join, he asked "what are you playing?" 'poker' "where is the chips? why the chess pieces?" 'we don't have chips so we are substituting with the chess pieces' -

"oh, I thought it's some Jewish game you are playing" - said the person wearing a kippah...
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: chff on December 23, 2018, 07:30:09 PM
Shabbos in Shul;

Person 1 thru 50: Hi CHFF! I saw your status, beautiful pictures, seemed like you enjoyed, really nice

Person 51&52: you there, you were on this Cruise? I was planning on going, tell me was its worth $30 grand? Would you do it again? can you describe me the trip in 2 words? "yes - throwing up"

Interesting, I was able to predict before who would be from the 2nd group
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ash on December 24, 2018, 12:15:04 AM
can i asked what you did on the boat while traveling were there any activities on board like they usually have on a cruise ?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: a good yeshiva bachur on December 24, 2018, 08:11:43 AM
How many DDFers are on this trip? Seems like only 4 @Moishebatchy @Dan @Something Fishy @chff

Did I miss anyone?
@Traveler718

how many DDFers went on the trip?
So which DDF members ended up going on the cruise?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Traveler718 on December 24, 2018, 10:09:25 AM
can i asked what you did on the boat while traveling were there any activities on board like they usually have on a cruise ?

Dan gave a few seminars on miles, SF gave a couple on photography. There were a few halachic shiurim. Later, a few poker games were organized; the women had a learning group most days. The ship itself offered a couple lectures a day on wildlife of the area, scientific research, etc.

The ship also had a pool, hot tub, sauna, steam room, and gym. The gastronomic experience was also quite extensive and time-consuming.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: shaulyaakov on December 24, 2018, 10:55:39 AM
Dan gave a few seminars on miles, SF gave a couple on photography. There were a few halachic shiurim. Later, a few poker games were organized; the women had a learning group most days. The ship itself offered a couple lectures a day on wildlife of the area, scientific research, etc.

The ship also had a pool, hot tub, sauna, steam room, and gym. The gastronomic experience was also quite extensive and time-consuming.

Overall, how much time was spent on land vs. on board? I know there was time to get off the boat in Falklands. Was it just part of 1 day in Falklands + 2 in Antarctica (Sunday-Monday)?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: chff on December 24, 2018, 11:19:49 AM
Dan gave a few seminars on miles, SF gave a couple on photography. There were a few halachic shiurim. Later, a few poker games were organized; the women had a learning group most days. The ship itself offered a couple lectures a day on wildlife of the area, scientific research, etc.

The ship also had a pool, hot tub, sauna, steam room, and gym. The gastronomic experience was also quite extensive and time-consuming.

Just to say - I can't recall 5 minutes that I was looking for what to do, was a pretty full schedule.

SF gave a couple on photography.

I'm submitting a claim for a refund, after he told me to shoot RAW and he will teach how to use it & he didn't, (plus told me to get LR beforehand,) and now I have 275GB of RAW files and no clue what to do with it
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Dan on December 24, 2018, 11:29:46 AM
I'm submitting a claim for a refund, after he told me to shoot RAW and he will teach how to use it & he didn't, (plus told me to get LR beforehand,) and now I have 275GB of RAW files and no clue what to do with it
Lol, @Something Fishy made me do that in Norway and I've been sitting on those RAW files ever since, just hogging up space on my computer and backups.

Learned my lesson after that :)
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on December 24, 2018, 11:38:49 AM
Lol, @Something Fishy made me do that in Norway and I've been sitting on those RAW files ever since, just hogging up space on my computer and backups.

Learned my lesson after that :)
RAW files are for professionals and eat up a ton of space. A simple Google search will show you how to view them.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Dan on December 24, 2018, 11:39:48 AM
RAW files are for professionals and eat up a ton of space. A simple Google search will show you how to view them.
I have the JPGs also, just haven't gotten around to deleting the RAW files.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: chff on December 24, 2018, 12:01:45 PM
one of the comments on YouTube
Quote
Next time you're at a siyum, don't stomp around loudly in the snow and don't talk disrespectfully in front of the bachur giving the siyum. Derech eretz KADMA laTorah.



Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: yesitsme on December 24, 2018, 04:31:03 PM
Man, my human is going to have a field day cleaning up this thread once he has the time. Some people's post counts are gonna go down like a bad TJD ripoff.
Please post the top 10 losers order by count(*) desc
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: chff on December 24, 2018, 07:23:32 PM
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Dr Moose on December 25, 2018, 06:49:38 PM
Great DO today. Nice to get a first, sneak peek, of some of the amazing pictures to come.

Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: davidrotts63 on December 25, 2018, 06:56:05 PM
Wait what who where what when why how sndurjehdidirjr?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Bukboy on December 25, 2018, 07:44:32 PM
Great DO today. Nice to get a first, sneak peek, of some of the amazing pictures to come.


Boo
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: 12HRS on December 26, 2018, 02:39:33 PM
Great DO today. Nice to get a first, sneak peek, of some of the amazing pictures to come.



All right who booted me from monsey group  >:(
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on December 28, 2018, 12:18:42 PM
Let the purge begin.

(https://media.giphy.com/media/vohOR29F78sGk/giphy.gif)
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on December 28, 2018, 01:52:09 PM
OK, removed over 300 off-topic and random posts.

Moved the discussion about being the "first" cruise to its own thread here (https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=100251.0).

Moved the discussion about freeloading on kosher cruises to the existing thread on that topic here (https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=96861.0).

And PenguinBOT can now officially retire.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ual902 on December 30, 2018, 11:43:47 AM
How was the wifi onboard the Antarctica cruise ship? super slow, regular, shotty at times? looking to do Antarctica in the future but wifi is important for the business. I'm assuming cell phone service is out of the question?!

Thanks-
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Dan on December 30, 2018, 11:51:49 AM
How was the wifi onboard the Antarctica cruise ship? super slow, regular, shotty at times? looking to do Antarctica in the future but wifi is important for the business. I'm assuming cell phone service is out of the question?!

Thanks-
Was much better than airline wifi, though it did go down from time to time. Cell phone VOIP/video chat worked fine.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: chff on December 30, 2018, 12:11:26 PM
Was much better than airline wifi, though it did go down from time to time. Cell phone VOIP/video chat worked fine.
I emailed AA that the wifi I paid on the flight was worse then the ship and got a refund (I seriously had issues with the WiFi on the flight)

The ship got 4Mbps that was shared with everyone

Regarding if it's important for your work, the program didn't give me 10 minutes to work, except maybe Tuesday
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Traveler718 on December 30, 2018, 04:16:48 PM
Ship wifi was much more than I expected for basic, non-data-intensive usage. Even better was that the $10 24-hour code never managed to expire and lasted me the entire trip!

Those who needed more reliable connectivity brought satellite phones on the trip, which I think rent for about $5 a day plus $.50 a minute for calls.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Dan on December 30, 2018, 04:24:32 PM
Even better was that the $10 24-hour code never managed to expire and lasted me the entire trip!
A true Chanuka miracle!
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: mochjas on December 30, 2018, 04:26:45 PM
A true Chanuka miracle!
chanuka 2018: WiFi that was supposed to last for 1 day lasted for 8 days!
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: chff on December 30, 2018, 04:29:57 PM


Those who needed more reliable connectivity brought satellite phones on the trip, which I think rent for about $5 a day plus $.50 a minute for calls.

More like $1.89 per minute plus only works outside with a clear sky
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: grobyak on December 30, 2018, 08:05:34 PM
TR soundbites. "Risk your life to see the penguins"
https://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/news/local_news/beachwood-man-plans-shomer-shabbos-expedition-to-antarctica/article_00546430-0aa9-11e9-8f83-17350acf1c4a.html
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ushdadude on December 30, 2018, 11:42:59 PM
OK, removed over 300 off-topic and random posts.

Moved the discussion about being the "first" cruise to its own thread here (https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=100251.0).

Moved the discussion about freeloading on kosher cruises to the existing thread on that topic here (https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=96861.0).

And PenguinBOT can now officially retire.
how is this thread still so long?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on December 31, 2018, 12:20:03 AM
how is this thread still so long?

Banter that is relevant and/or interesting.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: how on December 31, 2018, 12:37:29 AM
For how long will the "LIVE" live on?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ual902 on December 31, 2018, 01:06:11 AM
What was the Drake passage like?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Moishebatchy on December 31, 2018, 07:23:11 AM
What was the Drake passage like?

The way there was relatively calm, thank G-d. The way back was lunch-regurgitating.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: CheskyGold on January 02, 2019, 04:18:46 AM
RAW files are for professionals and eat up a ton of space. A simple Google search will show you how to view them.
More like RAW files are for people who have lots of extra time on their hands
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: yesitsme on January 02, 2019, 08:27:08 PM
(http://www.ivelt.com/forum/download/file.php?id=199294)
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Z56 on January 02, 2019, 10:42:32 PM
You have a yiddish interview before you completed your TR on your website?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on January 02, 2019, 10:43:44 PM
You have a yiddish interview before you completed your TR on your website?

No, I do ;D
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Z56 on January 02, 2019, 10:45:10 PM
Interview is only with you?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ExGingi on January 02, 2019, 11:35:38 PM
(http://www.ivelt.com/forum/download/file.php?id=199294)

Can someone post the full article?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: LoLo on January 02, 2019, 11:44:48 PM
Ahem, it's not free.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ExGingi on January 02, 2019, 11:54:44 PM
Ahem, it's not free.

I don't think it's sold in my neighborhood.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ruv on January 02, 2019, 11:58:12 PM
CH is a short drive away from WMSBG ???
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ExGingi on January 03, 2019, 12:12:57 AM
CH is a short drive away from WMSBG ???

Yup. I guess I'll be there sometime within the next couple of days. But if I'm already driving I might just drive a drop further to say hello and pick up a copy at the printer  ;)
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: txtmax4 on January 03, 2019, 12:16:58 AM
Not the only inaccuracy. Although that's to be expected from them.
Why, takeh, didn't they?
Ah! A missed opportunity!
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Fish Tank on January 03, 2019, 12:32:59 AM
Why, takeh, didn't they?
Ah! A missed opportunity!
And do what with it? Leave it with the penguins?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Bukboy on January 04, 2019, 09:37:29 AM
For the Yiddish speaking crowd, as per @Something Fishy there's an interview (with pictures ;)) in דער מאמענט that's covering this trip. Go grab one!
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: shapsam on January 04, 2019, 09:50:33 AM
For the Yiddish reading crowd, as per @Something Fishy there's an interview (with pictures ;)) in דער מאמענט that's covering this trip. Go grab one!
FTFY
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Yammer on January 04, 2019, 10:28:28 AM
For the Yiddish speaking crowd, as per @Something Fishy there's an interview (with pictures ;)) in דער מאמענט that's covering this trip. Go grab one!
WhatsApp Status
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Bukboy on January 04, 2019, 11:06:15 AM
WhatsApp Status
Tempting.
@Dan were you interviewed as well or only SF? 
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Dan on January 04, 2019, 11:09:06 AM
Tempting.
@Dan were you interviewed as well or only SF? 
Nope.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ual902 on January 04, 2019, 03:00:08 PM
So what months is best time for Antarctica, December? Jan/Feb? what are your thoughts on last minute half prices buying the cruise tickets in Ushuaia last minute? I'm googling it is a big hit or miss and don't mind to sit around Ushuaia for a few days to save $5000.

And after reading some reports from SF I think Falkland Islands is not to be missed when choosing a cruise.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: US on January 05, 2019, 07:56:02 PM
No, I do ;D
Great article!!
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Mikeoracle on January 07, 2019, 07:56:37 PM
https://i.imgur.com/PcS002C.gifv
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: chff on January 16, 2019, 07:34:40 PM
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: yesitsme on January 16, 2019, 08:35:29 PM
so the moment, ami, yated, had an interview while ddf is still waiting for the TR, priority issues
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Dan on January 16, 2019, 08:59:34 PM
There's no kuntz to publishing fake news.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: chff on January 16, 2019, 09:05:52 PM
so the moment, ami, yated, had an interview while ddf is still waiting for the TR, priority issues
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Luvtotravel on January 16, 2019, 09:09:31 PM
written by/who is interviewed?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on January 16, 2019, 09:24:39 PM


*fewest

@Lou Bob
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: jose34 on January 17, 2019, 08:52:15 AM
There's no kuntz to publishing fake news.

What makes it fake? Only a diffrent perspective maybe? I am wrong?

Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Dan on January 17, 2019, 08:56:43 AM
Every article on this trip has included lots of fake and embellished facts and quotes.
But I guess that's just how media works in general.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on January 17, 2019, 09:00:39 AM
Every article on this trip has included lots of fake and embellished facts and quotes.
But I guess that's just how media works in general.

Except the Moment, surprisingly enough. I couldn't believe it when I saw the draft - extremely well written and accurate.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Dan on January 17, 2019, 09:06:12 AM
That's just because you've never heard of half the yiddish words used in that article :D
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: chff on January 17, 2019, 09:12:12 AM
Except the Moment, surprisingly enough. I couldn't believe it when I saw the draft - extremely well written and accurate.
Except the fact that the Falklands was Wednesday and not Tuesday
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on January 17, 2019, 09:14:28 AM
Except the fact that the Falklands was Wednesday and not Tuesday

That was actually my error :P
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: chff on January 17, 2019, 09:15:50 AM
What makes it fake? Only a diffrent perspective maybe? I am wrong?
A different prespective if you were there and you write it your style, but out right factual errors just to make it sound more dramatic etc

Explain this one from the Ami Living, "Royal Mail letter box in this British outpost some 14,000 miles away from home" when in fact its half then that, some 7000 miles

(ETA exact line from the Ami Living)
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: chff on January 17, 2019, 09:16:55 AM
That was actually my error
Same with Riverdale, seems like everyone is mixed up. Falklands was the third day of the cruise but not the third day of the week
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: jose34 on January 17, 2019, 09:24:35 AM
Every article on this trip has included lots of fake and embellished facts and quotes.
But I guess that's just how media works in general.

I hear; waiting with bated breath for real version.

I agree reading is usally for entertainment purposes only unless coming directly from the source written directly from the source!
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: BarryLincoln on January 17, 2019, 10:36:13 PM
https://www.jewishlinknj.com/destination-kosher/29104-dan-s-deals-explores-antarctica (https://www.jewishlinknj.com/destination-kosher/29104-dan-s-deals-explores-antarctica)
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: jj1000 on January 27, 2019, 12:03:59 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/PajpvEv.jpg)
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: jj1000 on January 27, 2019, 12:09:41 PM
Antarctica Trip Notes Part 3: Diverted To The Falkland Islands! https://www.dansdeals.com/points-travel/trip-notes/antarctica-trip-notes-part-3-diverted-falkland-islands/
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ushdadude on January 27, 2019, 12:48:47 PM
Very cool! Did landing and reboarding on a Wednesday raise halachic problems?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Dan on January 27, 2019, 12:50:56 PM
Very cool! Did landing and reboarding on a Wednesday raise halachic problems?
No, it's all the same journey.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Z56 on January 27, 2019, 01:00:01 PM
@Dan no requests to get interviewed in Jewish magazines?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Dan on January 27, 2019, 01:37:59 PM
@Dan no requests to get interviewed in Jewish magazines?
I've talked to several, stopped returning their phone calls after the first ones were full of fake news.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: SrulyS on January 27, 2019, 06:54:42 PM
Seen in my Shul's shaimos box. Now I'm wondering which member of our small community went.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: chff on January 27, 2019, 07:03:06 PM


after the first ones were full of fake news.
The "Yiddish" ones?

Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: chff on January 27, 2019, 07:03:39 PM
Seen in my Shul's shaimos box. Now I'm wondering which member of our small community went.
Sell it on eBay
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: jj1000 on January 27, 2019, 07:08:25 PM
Seen in my Shul's shaimos box. Now I'm wondering which member of our small community went.
Start with who bought maftir yonah this year and you have a good start ;)
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on January 27, 2019, 09:20:03 PM
Seen in my Shul's shaimos box. Now I'm wondering which member of our small community went.

Not sure if I should be honored or insulted ;D.

Mind sharing which community you're part of?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: SrulyS on January 27, 2019, 09:38:08 PM
Not sure if I should be honored or insulted ;D.

Mind sharing which community you're part of?

PM sent. (If you'll be insulted then maybe you shouldn't read the PM. :P)
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: shaulyaakov on January 29, 2019, 12:40:53 PM
PM sent. (If you'll be insulted then maybe you shouldn't read the PM. :P)

Whoevwer hated the trip most is probably the guy who tossed the bentcher.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Yehudaa on January 29, 2019, 12:53:44 PM
Whoevwer hated the trip most is probably the guy who tossed the bentcher.
Or it was the guy who didn't feel like having to explain to every shabbos guest that he spent $20k to go. I have nothing against going, but I can certainly understand why one would want to keep it quiet.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: 12HRS on January 29, 2019, 12:55:54 PM
Or it was the guy who didn't feel like having to explain to every shabbos guest that he spent $20k to go. I have nothing against going, but I can certainly understand why one would want to keep it quiet.

dropping the bencher off doesn't help
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Yehudaa on January 29, 2019, 12:57:20 PM
dropping the bencher off doesn't help
Why not? He's getting rid of the one piece of evidence that might very well end up on his shabbos table.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: eliteflyer on January 29, 2019, 01:29:46 PM
FWIW, I was at a shabbos table this week hosted by a guest on the cruise. She took out 8 such benchers, apparently collected from what others left behind on the ship.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on January 29, 2019, 01:32:31 PM
FWIW, I was at a shabbos table this week hosted by a guest on the cruise. She took out 8 such benchers, apparently collected from what others left behind on the ship.

We brought along over 100. Everyone got one in their gift bags, and then we put out the rest during the Shabbos meals. Most people took home a bunch.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Yehudaa on March 02, 2019, 05:36:51 PM
Even the kids got an Antarctica TR
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on April 10, 2019, 11:14:38 PM
So one of the stops we made was to Argentina's Base Brown (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_Station) station. I'm editing pictures now and the opportunity was just too good to pass up:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/7864/47583404831_8e0c0c0da3_b.jpg)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/7820/47530502612_ed927c6e65_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: davidrotts63 on April 10, 2019, 11:33:17 PM
ALOL. Just great, and flawless editing!
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: jose34 on April 11, 2019, 02:00:57 AM
ALOL. Just great, and flawless editing!

Yeah amazing, fits right in!
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Traveler718 on April 11, 2019, 04:54:22 PM
Send it in to Ami for the sequel article! :)
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: davidrotts63 on April 11, 2019, 04:55:38 PM
Send it in to Ami for the sequel article! :)
I bet they'll post it as if it was legit.
@Dan
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: as2 on April 11, 2019, 05:00:23 PM
I bet they'll post it as if it was legit.
@Dan
My thoughts exactly. I'm just waiting for someone to publish it.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on April 11, 2019, 05:01:54 PM
Send it in to Ami for the sequel article! :)

ALOL
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Dan on April 11, 2019, 05:06:30 PM
Send it in to Ami for the sequel article! :)
Fishy's 2nd best shot!
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Traveler718 on April 11, 2019, 05:38:04 PM
Even better would be if you Photoshop in that pic of Levi putting tefillin on Andrew behind the sign, and maybe also Harper with his yarmulke ... even though he was separated from our group. :)
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Dan on April 11, 2019, 05:54:10 PM
Even better would be if you Photoshop in that pic of Levi putting tefillin on Andrew behind the sign, and maybe also Harper with his yarmulke ... even though he was separated from our group. :)
;D
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: chff on April 18, 2019, 04:30:22 PM
Great segment
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on April 18, 2019, 05:18:08 PM
Cool, some pictures of our voyage in that montage.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on December 09, 2019, 11:26:03 AM
One year!

Crazy how time has flown.

This trip has been written about in countless publications, and both @Dan and @chff have TRs going, so I'm not going to just repeat the same things again. Instead, over the next 10 days, I'll post pictures and descriptions for the corresponding trip day.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on December 10, 2019, 12:44:58 PM
Sunday, December 9

Most of the group flew through the night yesterday and arrive in Buenos Aires late morning. Dan, myself, and 6 others had spent Shabbos in BA and headed off to Ushuaia on an early flight. See Dan's TR (https://www.dansdeals.com/points-travel/trip-notes/antarctica-trip-notes-part-2-flying-end-world-southernmost-chanukah-party-ushuaia/) for the juicy details, as I'll keep these posts to mainly pictures.

Welcome to Ushuaia:

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Operation Penguin:

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All done:

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Sunset during dinner - this was our view from our dining room:

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Eighth night of Chanukkah!

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Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on December 10, 2019, 09:14:00 PM
Monday, December 10

After shachris and breakfast at the hotel, most people headed to Tierra del Fuego National Park for a few hours before boarding the ship. The park is pretty enough, but kinda underwhelming overall:

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This is apparently one of the highlights of the park, some flooded forest or other:

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Plenty of cool birds around though, so I was happy. Upland goose:

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Gray-hooded sierra-finch:

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Great grebe:

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Kelp goose:

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Rufous-collared sparrow with a moth for lunch:

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Black-chinned siskin:

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"The Post Office at the End of the World" - tourist trap central, but got a weird passport stamp so yay:

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Lake between Argentina and Chile:

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Moss:

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Shrooms:

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Time to head back:

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Checking out of the hotel, with our bags taken directly to the ship by truck:

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Our ship seen from town:

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And before we knew it, we were off!

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First stop was the ship's lounge where staff was introduced, emergency musters were... mustered?... and lots of wine was drunk.

Stephen Harper at the bar:

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Once everyone got settle in it was time for the first of many long and delicious dinners:

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Today's menu: English Louisiana Ribs with mashed potatoes, fried onions, green beans, and red peppers:

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L'chaim!

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Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Traveler718 on December 12, 2019, 03:37:17 PM
Wow, time flies! Lots of great memories, but what happened to the next day? Looks like One Ocean took over this TR. :)
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on December 12, 2019, 09:36:57 PM
Wow, time flies! Lots of great memories, but what happened to the next day? Looks like One Ocean took over this TR. :)

Was feeling under the weather the last few days. Will catch up soon.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on December 12, 2019, 10:12:49 PM
Tuesday, December 11

Today was an at sea day, so not much happening. Spent the day having long meals, a credit card seminar from Dan and a bird photography seminar from me, and a whole lot of relaxing on the deck watching the seabirds circling the ship.

Today's schedule:

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Breakfast:

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Today we had French toast and croissants in addition to the daily selection of Montreal bagels, breads, various spreads, salad bar, hot and cold cereals, juices, and a made-to-order omelette station:

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Late morning shuir on polar zmanim:

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Lunch was Fettuccine Alfredo and Baked Ziti:

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Countless seabirds were constantly following the ship, circling all around or looking for fish in the ship's wake.

Black-browed albatross:

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The albatross has one of the longest wingspans in the world, at nearly 8 feet:

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Cape petrel:

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Southern giant-petrel:

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Dinner tonight was amazing Montreal smoked meats:

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Dan and I made up a platter and, together with our Canadian chefs, went over to introduce ourselves to Stephen Harper. We had a great conversation and he was only too happy to pose with us:

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As you can see in the picture, we're wearing name tags. The ship encouraged us all to wear it so we can learn each others names. It was definitely a good idea, as it was extremely nice to interact with the staff on a first-name basis. Here's mine:

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Dan:

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Batchy:

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Apparently Aussie shared some of his tequila with the front desk, because one night he showed up with only half a bottle remaining and rocking a new name tag:

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Maariv was early-ish tonight - we were still relatively north, and tomorrow was going to be an early morning: we're off to the Falklands!
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ual902 on December 13, 2019, 02:52:29 PM
Wow amazing pictures and thanks for sharing, what lens did you use to photo shoot the birds?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on December 13, 2019, 03:24:08 PM
Wow amazing pictures and thanks for sharing, what lens did you use to photo shoot the birds?

Thanks!

I used a Sigma 60-600. But unless you need that wide end, I really suggest their 150-600 instead.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on December 13, 2019, 03:24:56 PM
Wednesday, December 12

Today we awoke... in the Falklands!

I have been dying to visit the Falkands for years, but getting there is nearly impossible - for years the only flights have been on Shabbos, and were eye-wateringly expensive. So when we found out that we were being diverted to the Falklands for fuel (see Dan's TR (https://www.dansdeals.com/points-travel/trip-notes/antarctica-trip-notes-part-3-diverted-falkland-islands/) for the entire saga), a small part of me was pretty excited. Of course we all knew this would cost us a day or more of Antarctica, but at least we're going to a place that even experienced travelers rarely get to.

Today's schedule:

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After a very early Shachris and breakfast, we disembarked the ship onto waiting buses:

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First stop - Gypsy Cove.See those black specks on the beach? First penguin sighting of the trip!

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(And yes, those two pictures were taken from the same exact spot. The power of a good zoom lens!)

The weather was absolutely lovely, and between the beautiful vegetation and the color of that water, we may as well have been on a tropical island.

MOAR PENGUINS:

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This guy has built a burrow right along the pathway:

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Throughout the trip we'd end up seeing four different species of penguins - Chinstrap, Gentoo, Adélie, and the ones here, Magellanic:

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Unfortunately we couldn't get any closer to the beach, because, you know, land mines. There are still thousands of them left over from the 1982 Falklands War, and while the British have been at work clearing them for years, more keep on getting washed ashore by the surf:

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Some pretty cool rock formations, looking inland:

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Lovely vegetation:

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This little stretch of rocky shoreline held an incredible variety of bird life, so I was in bird watching heaven. All of those pictures were taken from maybe a 50-food stretch.

Dark-faced ground-tyrant:

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One of my favorite pictures of the trip, a singing grass wren:

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This long-tailed meadowlark refused to peek out from behind that tuft of grass:

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Courting rock shags (AKA Magellanic cormorant):

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Nestling black-capped night heron:

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Another dark-faced ground-tyrant:

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Black-capped night heron collecting nesting material:

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Nesting rock shags:

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Dan:

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DAN!

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Batchy doing... something:

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Some more cool formations:

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Batchy shooting some birds:

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Black-chinned siskin:

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After a couple of hours at Gypsy Cove, we had a short drive to Walebone Cove and its many wrecks:

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See the machinery, tent, and dude in red and orange on the top of the hill? That's a mine-clearing operation:

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After a quick visit we headed back into town, where most people headed off to shop or explore the museum. @bgfbgfbhgf, on the other hand, went around looking for a print shop so he can print a Tanya in the Falklands for the very first time. It took over a year, but the project was finally finished last week:

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While the group went to town (literally, not euphemistically), Dick Filby and I decided to go to the fields behind the town to look for rare birds. Dick was the ship's ornithologist - AKA bird scientist - so this was gonna be an adventure.

If you look at a map of Stanley you'll see that town is basically a long, narrow strip on a hillside. We climbed that hill, and after two or three streets we had passed through the entire place.

Official government vehicle:

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Fascinating display about the island's whaling past that really puts the size of whales into perspective. That's an actual whale backbone in the background:

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Killer whale (orca) skull:

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Dick Filby and a sperm whale skull. Ridiculous how gigantic this is:

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Found some birds! First one we saw was the rare ruddy-headed goose:

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This rufous-chested dotterel was displaying for his mate:

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Dick and his spotting scope:

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An austral thrush on the way back to town:

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The view from the top of the hill - the entire place is basically a sleepy British village:

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We got back to the main road before most of the crowd, and were soon joined by the owner of our expedition company and Stephen Harper. We had a great conversation, Harper telling me how he's long been fascinated by Yiddish but only knew a few phrases. He asked me how to say certain things and then practiced with me.

In all honesty it was somewhat surreal. If you had asked me a year earlier what I'd be doing in a year from now. "standing on a street corner in the Falklands teaching a former Canadian Prime Minister Yiddish" would not have been my answer. Life is weird sometimes.

Photo credit @chff :

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I had some time afterwards to run into a store for souvenirs, and then it was back on the ship.

Not a passport stamp I ever expected to get:

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Lunch today was pan-seared halibut, tomato provencal, and basmati rice:

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Goodbye Falklands:

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Couple of orcas:

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Land drifting beneath the horizon. Next time we'll see land will be in Antarctica!

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After lunch Dan gave his first CC seminar:

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Dinner:

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Don't mess with the Guardian of the Wine:

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We were now in the Drake Passage, and luckily for us, so far it wast the Drake Lake and not the Drake Shake:

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Southern giant-petrel diving for some fish:

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Kiddush Levana:

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Participant Avrumi S. broke out a box of cigars, and the group spent hours on the deck, schmoozing deep into the night.

Batchy and our caterer Shua:

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Eventually, in twos and threes, we all drifted back inside and to bed.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ltttc on December 14, 2019, 10:17:12 PM
Love these! Keep em coming
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Yehuda57 on December 15, 2019, 12:26:05 AM
Wednesday, December 12

Kiddush Levana:


Wait, have you ever heard the story of the Alter Rebbe and Kiddush Levana?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Dan on December 15, 2019, 12:28:28 AM
Wait, have you ever heard the story of the Alter Rebbe and Kiddush Levana?
Clearly not, these snags wouldn't even wait for 7 days from the molad ;D
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on December 15, 2019, 01:30:20 AM
Thursday, December 13

Quiet day, our second one spent entirely at sea. The Drake became a bit more shaky, but was not really bad.

Listening to some presentation on the weather:

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Sometime in the middle of the day the captain announced that we had crossed the Antarctic Convergence, where the cold waters of Antarctica meet the warmer waters of the South Atlantic. Biologically, we were now in Antarctica. We did indeed begin seeing a wider variety of birds around then, particularly other kinds of albatross and petrels.

Light-mantled sooty albatross:

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Gray-headed albatross:

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Northern giant-petrel:

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Anther amazing dinner:

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Spent a while after dinner shooting more birds and helping out the group get great pictures.

Another light-mantled sooty albatross:

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It's out of focus, but this black-browed albatross was being... weird:

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Sunset silhouettes:

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After dark someone remembered that it was some Chabad yom tov or other, so we broke out the lekach and mashka. According to my GPS, we were minutes away from the 60th parallel south - AKA the Antarctic proper. We all gathered around the GPS waiting for the moment, and then made a lively L'chaim. From the sound of the video, some people had apparently made some L'chaims in preparation for Antarctica as well:





I don't drink, so as you can see in the video I made a L'chaim on a pickle. Let's just say that Dan's reaction to that horrible fact has been carefully trimmed out of those videos, and more importantly, so has @CheskyGold's ;D ;D ;D.

Tomorrow: we land on Antarctica.......... or do we???
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on December 15, 2019, 01:31:46 AM
This cliffhanger would be a lot better if Dan hadn't already posted his TR with the spoiler :P
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: aygart on December 15, 2019, 09:37:36 AM
Amazing as always!

Talking about dinner and shooting birds at the same time...
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: whYME on December 15, 2019, 01:35:16 PM
Wait, have you ever heard the story of the Alter Rebbe and Kiddush Levana?
I get the feeling that @Dan may have possibly mentioned the story to @Something Fishy at some point...
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Yehuda57 on December 15, 2019, 01:35:44 PM
I get the feeling that @Dan may have possibly mentioned the story to @Something Fishy at some point...
Only one way to find out, @somethingfishy, can you tell us the story?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Dan on December 15, 2019, 01:37:45 PM
I get the feeling that @Dan may have possibly mentioned the story to @Something Fishy at some point...
My memory is fuzzy, but it's certainly possible that it came up.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: whYME on December 15, 2019, 01:39:19 PM
My memory is fuzzy, but it's certainly possible that it came up.
Well in that case I think you should tell it to him again just to be sure
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Dan on December 15, 2019, 02:17:52 PM
Well in that case I think you should tell it to him again just to be sure
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Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on December 15, 2019, 02:34:55 PM
Only one way to find out, @somethingfishy, can you tell us the story?

Something something something boat
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Yehuda57 on December 15, 2019, 02:36:20 PM
Something something something boat
That's like me describing your photography as duck duck goose whatever
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on December 15, 2019, 02:38:18 PM
That's like me describing your photography as duck duck goose whatever

Sounds about right to me (https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=70313.0)
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on December 16, 2019, 02:16:14 AM
Friday, December 14

BING BONG!

Our morning wake up chime today was accompanied by the announcement of a giant tabular iceberg, our first in Antarctica. These behemoths break off from the ice shelves on the edge of the continent and then float for years, before being broken off into smaller chunks, drifting northward, and ultimately melting away.

At over 5 miles wide, you can say this big guy was an epic welcome to Antarctica:

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Our first stop today was Penguin Island, a tiny island off the gigantic King George Island in the South Shetlands. For some context, here's my GPS trace of the entire voyage, zooming in all the way to Penguin Island.

You could see our departure from Ushuaia in Argentina, our northeast track to the Falklands, straight down to the South Shetlands Islands, then we run along them for a bit before dipping down to the Antarctic continent itself, before heading due north across the Drake and Ushuaia:

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The South Shetlands (the islands in the center top), and the Antarctic Peninsula:

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The little island poking in on the upper right is Elephant Island, where Shackleton launched his tiny boat and headed towards South Georgia. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, go and buy this book (https://www.amazon.com/Endurance-Shackletons-Incredible-Alfred-Lansing/dp/0465062881). You will not regret it.)

King George Island - Penguin Island is so small you can't even see it here, but not for the little blip in the track:

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Penguin Island:

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Anyways... back to Antarctica. There is nowhere for the ship to dock (obviously), so what we do is head to shore on zodiacs - little rigid-hull inflatable boats, each holding around 10 people. These are stored on the top deck of the ship and are lowered by crane, and then are driven to the stairs on the side of the ship where the passengers embark.

However, The use of zodiacs - especially the craning operations - can only happen within a certain weather window - and our streak of fine weather had finally run out. The captain announced that due to high winds the zodiacs will not be able to be launched, and so we will only see Penguin Island from the ship.

Disappointing as that was, such is Antarctica - proper medical care is a few days away, and safety must always take precedence. And the wind were indeed vicious - it was difficult at time to hold my camera steady, as the wind caught my long lens and whipped it all around.

And so we saw - but didn't land on - Penguin Island. The island itself was not tremendously beautiful, to be honest, consisting mainly of barren lava, a bit of snow here and there, and a giant volcanic cone over it all:

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But man, was that little island packed with life! Thousands of chinstrap penguins (species #2 on the trip), countless seals, around a zillion seabirds, and whales in the water:

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Two 1000-pound elephant seals fighting:

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Penguins and Antarctic shags:

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The mountains and glaciers of King George Island poking through the mist made for a dramatic background:

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Chinstrap penguin purposing in front of the ship - you can clearly see how they got their name:

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This photo illustrates the immense biologic diversity of the area: there are about 25 birds shown here of various species, from the tiny Wilson's storm-petrel to the gigantic wandering albatross, which has the largest wingspan of any bird on Earth - nearly twelve feet across (that's the white bird in the center):

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Eventually it was time to leave, and we all headed back in to warm up and lunch.

After lunch I went to visit the bridge:

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Ice patrol:

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What the various flags and signals mean:

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Chabad of Antarctica:

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We gave Stephen Harper a Kosher Antarctica yarmulka and he wore it for most of the voyage:

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...and then it was time to prepare for the most unique Shabbos of our lives.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on December 16, 2019, 07:01:39 PM
Shabbos, December 15

For Shabbos, we had arranged for the exclusive use of the Bistro Lounge upstairs. The Bistro had a kitchen prep area, comfortable and varied seating, and a large outdoor deck. Most importantly, it was out of the way and would allow us to spend an uplifting Shabbos without worrying about annoying the rest of the ship with our singing and davening.

Due to our southerly position, the Shabbos schedule was, shall we say, not your usual stuff:

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After a "light" toamehu late Friday and final Shabbos preparations, we met back at the Bistro for Mincha and candle lighting. While Shabbos won;t officially begin until local midnight at 12:28am, we brought in Shabbos at the Plag Hamincha, or 9:20. As the ship has a strict no-flame policy, we followed the psak of the STAR-K to light incandescent light bulbs.

On the deck right before Mincha:

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The following pictures were taken by the ship's non-Jewish photographer, Jason Ransom:

Preparing for Shabbos:

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Mincha - note the seasickness patch under his ear:

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One of the lesser-known shtreimel uses: mirrored ceiling polishing:

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Throughout the day the weather had been quite horrible, but as we brought in Shabbos the winds died down, the seas became calm, and a peaceful silence hung all around our ship. A light snow began to fall, obscuring everything but a small circle of ocean surrounding the ship. A peaceful bliss enveloped the ship as we took in Shabbos - truly בא שבת בא מנוחה:

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Candle lighting:

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Kabolas Shabbos:

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We had an incredibly diverse crowd, from Chassidim to Litvacks to Chabad to Modern Orthodox and everything in between - but all differences were forgotten when we burst into dance as we sang Boee Bashalom:

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After Maariv we settled down for a long and wonderful Shabbos meal. Our caterer Shua pulled out all the stops, and we found ourselves at the end of the world without a single thing lacking. From a tremendous selection of wines and grape juice (even light grape juice for the one passenger who asked for it), to delicious challah, dips, salads, Moroccan salmon, gefilte fish, chicken soup, keneidlach, chicken, brisket, potatoes, and vegetables, through a variety of desserts.

Dan told the story of some Rebbe and some boat for the hundred and twelfth time (at least), various other people delivered dvar Torahs, and we ate, sang, and talked till late into the night.

It was past 1am when we bentched, and then it was time for... Shachris!

Shabbos morning we were awakened to a sumptuous breakfast by Cheskie's of Montreal, and we all ate way too much of their incredible cakes and pastries.

By now we were in Antarctica proper, and the first excursions were taking place. While the rest of the ship disembarked in Mikkelson Harbour (and later in Cierva Cove), we had a second minyan Shachris, a spectacular kiddush, a shuir on hilchos Bein Hasmashos, and another wonderful Shabbos meal. Once more Shua outdid himself, and the chulent, kugel, kishka were amazing.

The weather today was bright and mostly sunny, and we ate our meal and sang zemiros while drifting calmly past massive mountains, glaciers, and icebergs. Many people had a pair of binoculars sitting on the table near them, and the seuda was frequently interrupted by a call of “whale!” and a general rush towards the windows or out to the patio to observe our latest Shabbos guest.

Our Shabbos could only be described as מעין עולם הבא - we didn't even feel a sense of loss that we weren't able to disembark. The non-Jews looked on in wonder, how after spending so much time and money, getting delayed in the Falklands, and finally arriving in Antarctica, we just remained on the ship because our religion says so.

This picture was taken by a passenger named Keenan Thompson, who, upon her return to the ship from their excursion in Mikkelson Harbour, looked up and saw us on the deck during the Shabbos meal just standing there peacefully:

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Mincha was at 5:30, followed by Shalosh Seudas and a talk on travel by Dan. Most people went to lie down for a while, as Maariv was scheduled for 1:01am.

Again, we experienced something not many others ever have: Maariv on Motzei Shabbos, followed by Havdala, then Shachris immediately after, and finally Melava Malka.

1am Shachris:

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I made Havdala without besamim and a candle, since it was technically Sunday at this point (photo credit @chff):

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For Melava Malka we had pita, falafel, and pizza, which Batchy ate like some sort of Neanderthal. Like I posted on my Whatsapp status at the time...:

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Finally, at around 2:20, we went to bed.

Tomorrow: Antarctica - for real!
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on December 16, 2019, 07:52:50 PM
Wiki cleaned up and updated.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: how on December 18, 2019, 07:33:23 PM
Do we have to activate PenguinBot for more updates!
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Ellen on December 24, 2019, 02:21:51 PM
No continuation?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on December 24, 2019, 02:24:17 PM
Got busy, and giant posts take longer.

It'll be up before long.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ExGingi on December 24, 2019, 04:40:14 PM
Got busy, and giant posts take longer.

It'll be up before long.
That's what nittel nacht is good for.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: chff on December 24, 2019, 04:43:53 PM
That's what nittel nacht is good for.

we have the different nittel
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on December 24, 2019, 05:05:44 PM
we have the different nittel

Correct. We chassidim hold nittel any day that you don't say tachnun.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: as2 on December 24, 2019, 05:06:49 PM
Correct. We chassidim hold nittel any day that you don't say tachnun.
Sheesh. So none of you do Daf Yomi I guess ;D
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: chff on December 24, 2019, 05:11:13 PM
Correct. We chassidim hold nittel any day that you don't say tachnun.
Alol
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Traveler718 on December 26, 2019, 11:52:24 AM
Correct. We chassidim hold nittel any day that you don't say tachnun.

But Gella told me you're not really chassidish. :)
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Joe4007 on January 03, 2020, 12:17:45 PM
Don't be afraid to break your TR-start-to-end record. We'll be there for you.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Ephraimh on January 06, 2020, 04:24:48 PM
Exclusive—heads up!

Big interview with @Something Fishy coming up in the next issue of Hamodia’s Inyan Magazine.. it will be a wild, wide-raging interview guaranteed to satisfy your information needs. Buckle up.

PS — A separate interview in the Yiddish weekly newspaper Der Blatt is also in the works (possibly still this week). Stay tuned.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: whYME on January 06, 2020, 04:29:12 PM
Exclusive
umm, yeah...
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Ephraimh on January 06, 2020, 04:40:59 PM
umm, yeah...
You’re asking, why-me?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on January 06, 2020, 09:51:50 PM
Exclusive—heads up!

Big interview with @Something Fishy coming up in the next issue of Hamodia’s Inyan Magazine.. it will be a wild, wide-raging interview guaranteed to satisfy your information needs. Buckle up.

PS — A separate interview in the Yiddish weekly newspaper Der Blatt is also in the works (possibly still this week). Stay tuned.

LOL, thanks for the shoutout.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on January 06, 2020, 09:52:19 PM
umm, yeah...

Well they're talking about things other than Antarctica, so I guess...
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on January 06, 2020, 09:53:50 PM
Don't be afraid to break your TR-start-to-end record. We'll be there for you.

ALOL
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Yehuda57 on January 06, 2020, 09:58:52 PM
Exclusive—heads up!

Big interview with @Something Fishy coming up in the next issue of Hamodia’s Inyan Magazine.. it will be a wild, wide-raging interview guaranteed to satisfy your information needs. Buckle up.

PS — A separate interview in the Yiddish weekly newspaper Der Blatt is also in the works (possibly still this week). Stay tuned.
So basically just a bunch of tall tales
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: whYME on January 08, 2020, 02:11:42 PM
Well they're talking about things other than Antarctica, so I guess...
One thing that's definitely exclusive is their picture of your tripod & camera on the cover :))
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on January 08, 2020, 03:55:18 PM
One thing that's definitely exclusive is their picture of your tripod & camera on the cover :))

ALOL, if I had seen that cover before it went to print maybe I would've said something.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Dan on January 08, 2020, 03:57:22 PM
One thing that's definitely exclusive is their picture of your tripod & camera on the cover :))
Link?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on January 08, 2020, 03:59:54 PM
Link?

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49352457293_057209fbc5_z.jpg)
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on January 08, 2020, 04:01:56 PM
Actual behind the scenes pic, taken by @ushdadude (the subject of the picture on the cover):

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49352919361_e557676ca1_z.jpg)
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Dan on January 08, 2020, 04:16:27 PM
Are there more exclusive drone pics?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on January 08, 2020, 04:17:38 PM
Are there more exclusive drone pics?

Those are reserved for the Blatt.
Title: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Ephraimh on January 08, 2020, 08:49:12 PM
LOL, thanks for the shoutout.
Great article!

But what on Hashems green earth leads an editor to purposely omit the type of Chusid the subject of an article is.. ?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on January 08, 2020, 08:52:49 PM
Great article!
But what on Hashems green earth leads an editor to purposely omit the type of Chusid the subject of an article is.. ?

ALOL. I'm glad they did that last-minute change.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Ephraimh on January 08, 2020, 08:54:55 PM
...and Sunday you were kvetching that they did include it ;D.
I was kvetching that they included it IN THE FIRST SENTENCE OF AN ARTICLE
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: chff on January 08, 2020, 08:55:40 PM
Bottom line, do I need to buy Der Blatt tomorrow?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on January 08, 2020, 08:57:46 PM
Bottom line, do I need to buy Der Blatt tomorrow?

They weren't able to confirm that it'll be printed in this week's paper, but it "most likely" will. We shall see.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: chff on January 09, 2020, 12:27:04 PM
They weren't able to confirm that it'll be printed in this week's paper, but it "most likely" will. We shall see.

Yup
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on January 09, 2020, 12:28:36 PM
Yup

Oh nice, didn't know they actually printed it.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: whYME on January 09, 2020, 12:29:21 PM
Yup
#fakenews
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: whYME on January 09, 2020, 12:31:50 PM
#fakenews
@Something Fishy You gotta tell these guys to have you fact check their covers :P
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on January 09, 2020, 12:33:46 PM
@Something Fishy You gotta tell these guys to have you fact check their covers :P

Tell me about it lol. Although this one's a bit more egregious than the Inyan :P.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: chinagel on January 13, 2020, 03:15:23 PM
https://www.dansdeals.com/points-travel/trip-notes/goodbye-antarctica-its-been-a-fun-dream/
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Luvisrael on March 11, 2020, 11:50:45 PM
Seems to be the only Coronavirus unaffected place. who’s coming?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: how on March 12, 2020, 12:15:38 AM
Seems to be the only Coronavirus unaffected place. who’s coming?
Take a cruise there...
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: SSLPhD on March 12, 2020, 01:06:15 PM
Take a cruise there...
The season is pretty much over.  If you go, you'll have to stay for 6 months of winter.  If the coronavirus somehow made its way over on one of the last cruises, there'd be no way back. 
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on March 24, 2020, 12:21:50 AM
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49352457293_057209fbc5_z.jpg)

BTW, PDF of the article if anyone wants: https://www.dropbox.com/s/wu036x2ox21zjbd/Inyan%20Magazine.pdf?dl=0
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ltttc on March 24, 2020, 07:48:38 PM
Kinda wish we were there now
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Boruch Parnes on March 24, 2020, 07:57:11 PM
Kinda wish we were there now
being locked up on a cruise now  wldnt be great  like we have seen ..
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Traveler718 on March 24, 2020, 10:05:59 PM
Today's daf discusses not setting sail within 3 days of Shabbos, which was one of the primary reasons that Dan and Something Fishy rushed and put together our trip a year ago instead of this winter, which ended up benefiting us in ways we could never have imagined!
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: good sam on March 24, 2020, 10:55:23 PM
Today's daf discusses not setting sail within 3 days of Shabbos, which was one of the primary reasons that Dan and Something Fishy rushed and put together our trip a year ago instead of this winter, which ended up benefiting us in ways we could never have imagined!
Are you a day ahead?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: mlomni on March 25, 2020, 12:05:16 PM
BTW, PDF of the article if anyone wants: https://www.dropbox.com/s/wu036x2ox21zjbd/Inyan%20Magazine.pdf?dl=0

Nice Article,

How many people do you have signed up for your Kilimanjaro trip?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Traveler718 on March 25, 2020, 12:36:28 PM
Are you a day ahead?

I don't think so. Today's daf is Shabbos 19, which discusses not sailing 3 days before Shabbos and which I began learning last night, so when I posted at 10 PM EST, I referred to it as today's daf. Sorry if I wasn't clear and you thought I was referring to the daf from yesterday day.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: good sam on March 25, 2020, 12:38:05 PM
I don't think so. Today's daf is Shabbos 19, which discusses not sailing 3 days before Shabbos and which I began learning last night, so when I posted at 10 PM EST, I referred to it as today's daf. Sorry if I wasn't clear and you thought I was referring to the daf from yesterday day.
So you were a day ahead!
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: yungermanchik on March 25, 2020, 01:42:43 PM
So you were a day ahead!
No, the Jewish Day begins at night.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on March 30, 2020, 12:38:00 AM
Let's take a short mental break from all the Corona talk...
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on March 30, 2020, 12:39:56 AM
Sunday, December 16

After going to sleep after 2am on Motzei Shabbos, you'd think we'd have wanted to sleep in on Sunday. Except that we didn't - when the wake up call came at zero-dark-thirty, we jumped out of bed and ran to shachris. Today, we were finally - finally! - getting off the ship in Antarctica.

Right after breakfast we ran back to our cabins to gear up - layers of thermals, waterproof jackets and pants, hats, and gloves, and prepared to disembark.

The disembarkation process is a gantza procedure, but it all worked like a well-oiled machine. Per Antarctic regulations, no more than 100 passengers are allowed on land at any one time, so the entire process was staggered so that some passengers were always headed to or from land at any given time.

The shifts were divided by deck - first the deck 6 passengers were called, then deck 5, and so on. Since our group was spread across multiple decks, we had arranged to be considered as our own "deck" with a middle of the line departure. Our passengers were able to go with their actual deck if they so chose, but typically most of us went together. Officially, it was first out first back, but in practice people hung around on land and returned on whichever zodiac they wanted.

Getting on the zodiac:

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First stop on the way out was one of the ship's two mudrooms, where we changed into our boots and donned life vests. Once ready, we headed to the gangway, scanned our ID cards, and, holding on to both guardrails for dear life, went down the stairs to the waiting zodiac. As soon as a zodiac was full (typically 10 people or so, even though the official capacity is 16), off it went and another one appeared right away.

On each excursion, I wore my dual camera harness - a camera with a long lens hanging on one side, and a camera with a wide lens on the other. This would allow me to instantly shoot pretty much anything, without worrying about changing lenses in bad conditions. One jacket pocket was stuffed with a 360° camera, spare batteries, cleaning gear, my satellite messenger and GPS, and various other accessories. My other pocket held glove liners, a balaclava, a GoPro with a dome attachment, and my cellphone (for those keeping count at home, that's five cameras). I also carried a giant tripod.

On this first excursion, I also wore the provided waterproof backpack with some spare lenses, extra layers, and a water bottle (no food is allowed on land). Back on board later, I would realize that I didn't end up using a single one of those things, so afterwards I didn't bother with them anymore.

Ready for anything:

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Photo credit @chff

Finally our group was called, and off we went. Our destination today was Cuverville Island and its giant Gentoo penguin (third species of the trip) colony - there are some many penguins here that the colony size can be tracked by satellite.

On the way:

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Cuverville Island was covered in at least 10 feet of snow, so the crew hacked out a stairway in the snow so we can climb up:

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The crew also stamped down a path so we can walk around without sinking down to our thighs - which is what happened whenever you ventured off too far. The idea was to walk from the landing site to the massive penguin colony, a couple of hundred feet away. We headed off single file towards the penguins, but quickly got distracted - a juvenile elephant seal was napping right next to the path, within arm's reach:

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After a bit he woke up,

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yawned,

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49354183906_42a8bd2336_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/Dg3p53)

gave himself a good scratch,

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and decided that the path we made looked way more comfortable:

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He slowly meandered over, made himself comfortable, and went right back to sleep.

Check out them whiskers:

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Anyway, this is Antarctica - it's his house, and we gotta play by his rules. We very nicely stomped out a new path around him and continued on to the penguins.

All this time there was a low hill between us and the penguins, so other than the view we saw from the zodiac and the seal we couldn't really see much. But then we crested that hill, and the most spectacular sight met our eyes. Immense mountains rising straight out of the sea, massive glaciers spread out over everything, and icebergs in all shapes and sizes floating about. Among all this were thousands upon thousands of penguins - masses of them standing in giant groups, couples going off to their nests, and penguins marching, tobogganing, and quarreling with each other.

A scene I will never forget:

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To get around in the deep snow, many penguins follow so called "penguin highways", which have been formed by thousands of tiny feet:

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Others get down on their bellies and toboggan down the slope:

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Penguin preening:

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All set up:

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But not all is rosy for the penguins here, for from the cliffs above comes a threat: the Antarctic Skua. These predatory birds are after the penguin's eggs, and are constantly trying to steal them. Being that the skua can fly but the penguin cannot, it doesn't usually end too well for the penguin, who has to wait an entire year to lay another egg.

Picking a target:

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Attack:

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The skuas come from all sides, harassing and disorienting the penguins, whose only defense is flapping their little wings and screaming at the top of their lungs:

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Got it!

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Flying off to the safely of the cliffs to have lunch:

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Screaming to the heavens:

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The skuas, like all wildlife in Antarctica, have absolutely no fear of humans. This picture was taken with a wide angle lens, mere inches from his face:

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@chff caught it on camera:

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At one point @Moishebatchy took a dive and couldn't get enough leverage in the snow to get up. We debated leaving him there, but then I remembered that we still need his services aboard the ship. Oh well.

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More penguins:

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Heading back towards shore:

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The penguins are constantly in and out of the water, both to fish and to clean themselves. This guy was taking a bath:

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Don't forget to wash behind your ears!

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Nice and clean, time to get out and dry off:

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Couple of swimmers:

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This one was just hanging out on a bit of ice surveying the scene:

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Heading back:

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You can;t go two feet in Antarctica without being distracted by yet another amazing sight - this time it was a humpback whale right next to our zodiac:

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Ridiculously stunning scenes on the way back to the ship:

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Approaching the ship:

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The zodiacs being lifted to the top deck of the ship, where they are stored:

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GPS track of the morning's excursion - note the many detours to check out penguins, whales, interesting icebergs, and whatnot:

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Once back on board we went back to the mudrooms to get out of our boots and life jackets. We also stepped into a chemical bath and mechanical boot scrubber, to avoid tracking diseases or bacteria from one part of Antarctica to the next. After a quick stop in our cabin do shed some more layers, we reconvened in the dining room for a gigantic lunch.

And by "lunch", I obviously mean more gazing in wonder at our surroundings:

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As soon as we sat down, a building-sized iceberg came floating quietly by, cut into the most intricate of shapes and colors by the waves:

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One of the ends looked like an old man:

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And if there's an iceberg, you can be sure there are a couple of enterprising penguins hitching a free ride on it. In this case, three adorable chubby Adélie penguins - our fourth type:

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Check out the color of that ice:

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After lunch and a short break, it was time for the second excursion of the day. This was supposed to be a zodiac cruise - meaning we'd be going around in the zodiacs without actually landing anywhere. In all honesty, some people were a bit disappointed when they heard that. In the end however, everyone agreed that this excursion was as good - if not better - than the first one. We were able to see an amazing variety of sights and get up close and personal to everything.

Personally, I slightly preferred exploring in a zodiac to being in one spot on the ground. Could be it had something to do with the group in my zodiac though - we had an absolute blast. Clockwise from the zodiac driver we have Dick Filby (the ship's ornithologist - bird scientist basically), @Moishebatchy, myself, @CheskyGold, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, @moish, Mr. and Mrs. @Traveler718, and Mr. and Mrs. @LFR:

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We were now off to explore Wilhelmina Bay. While often dubbed "Whale-mina Bay", we didn't have much luck with whales today. Instead we saw amazing scenery and a wide variety of wildlife.

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A flock of Antarctic Shag:

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We entered a tiny sheltered cove to check out the wreck of the D/S Guvernřren, a Norwegian whaling ship that caught fire and ran aground in 1916:

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The rusting decks were now home to Arctic and Antarctic terns:

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Caught a tiny fish:

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Napping weddell seal:

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Look at the texture of that ice - caused by the beating of waves:

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Antarctic shag taking off from the water:

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Having Stephen Harper in our zodiac was a ton of fun. He was personable and funny and we all had a great time together:

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Playing with scale... how big to you think this iceberg is?

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Antarctic Shag showing off his breeding colors:

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Stopping in another tiny cove:

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Spot the crabeater seal:

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Another self portrait of our zodiac:

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More crazy landscapes:

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After an exhausting couple of hours, back to the ship we went:

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Our zodiac cruise:

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After dinner and maariv, most passengers on the ship went settled down for an early night. Me and a couple other guys decided to instead head up to the top deck and watch the sunset - and boy were we rewarded. Probably the most spectacular sunset I have ever witnessed.

We were cruising slowly through the Gerlache Strait, one of the most scenic in all of Antarctica. The sunset lasted for hours - the show started around 9:30 and I shot until nearly midnight, when I pretty much collapsed into bed. The colors went from red to orange to pink to deep blue and everything in between, as the sun passed in and out of clouds and reflected off the mountains, glaciers, ice, and ocean. Save for the howling of the wind, it was perfectly silent - nothing but us and the sunset.

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You'd think that @Dan would be used to some cold from Cleveland, while @bgfbgfbhgf from LA would be wearing fourteen layers, but I guess it was a weird night:

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@chff taking some shelter from the wind:

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At around midnight the colors began fading, and so did I. It had been an insane day, and tomorrow was going to be more of the same. I finally called it quits and headed back inside - and to bed.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Luvtotravel on March 30, 2020, 12:55:37 AM
 should be included in list of free resources during covid-19! incredible as usual!
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: ah giten on March 30, 2020, 01:11:02 AM
These images are spectacular.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Yehoshua on March 30, 2020, 01:35:36 AM
Wow! Amazing pictures. And so much work that goes into putting these TRs together. Thank you!
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Joe4007 on March 30, 2020, 09:35:00 AM
Thanks for a much needed distraction! Incredible as always!
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Traveler718 on March 30, 2020, 12:07:48 PM
Amazing post, wow, such great memories! Are you going to send a link to the WA group?

I'd also add this to the list of unfathomable consequences of the Coronavirus - that this TR we'd long since given up on has had a techiyas hameisim! Hope we get the next day's TR as the quarantine continues.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: shwarmabob on March 31, 2020, 11:26:15 PM
amazing pics
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: moisheyb on April 02, 2020, 12:00:32 AM
There goes the ship!

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/32853/this-venezuelan-patrol-ship-sunk-itself-after-ramming-a-cruise-liner-with-an-reinforced-hull
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: chff on April 02, 2020, 12:01:56 AM
There goes the ship!

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/32853/this-venezuelan-patrol-ship-sunk-itself-after-ramming-a-cruise-liner-with-an-reinforced-hull
Yup, was nice to have a different story to follow besides Corona

Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: moisheyb on April 02, 2020, 09:38:15 AM
Yup, was nice to have a different story to follow besides Corona

Ya im trying to find anything but corona news...
We should make a website lol
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on April 04, 2020, 09:50:07 PM
You can't make this stuff up

HT @Traveler718

Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: EliJelly on April 14, 2020, 01:43:54 AM
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After a bit he woke up,

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Shedding his baby fur?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on April 14, 2020, 01:53:38 AM
Shedding his baby fur?

No, just an annual molt. All ages go through it.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on April 23, 2020, 02:39:57 PM
Monday, December 17 (Part 1)

Woke up today to this view out my window:

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Today was a big day: we were going to finally set foot on the Antarctic continent itself. Truthfully, there's no real difference between the continent and the islands we visited yesterday - without checking a map, you have no way of knowing or differentiating. But for us travel enthusiasts, these details do matter a bit more... For many in our group, this will be their seventh and final continent visited.

And so after an early Shachris and massive breakfast, we were off in the zodiacs once again. We were wearing our standard polar layers, but with a twist. Beneath our parka, waterproof pants, fleech mid layers, and thermal underwear, we were also wearing... our bathing suits.

Our goal? Argentina's Almirante Brown Base in Paradise Harbor- land on the continent and swim in the ocean.

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Not that far off, is it? Ha! In Antarctica nothing goes as planned... It would be nearly two hours before we would arrive at the base.

What's that off in the distance? Two black humps, a fountain of spray...

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Let's get closer:

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Not one, but two massive humpback whales:

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These guys were absolutely massive. Just how big? This big:

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These gentle giants found us interesting and spent nearly an hour playing with us, constantly circling our zodiacs and diving in and out of the water. And we couldn't get enough of them - the weather was absolutely perfect, the seas calm. The zodiac drivers all turned off their motors and our group of puny little boats drifted silently about amidst these behemoths. The was no sound except the hoarse breathing of the whales, the slaps and splashes of their giant tails, and the excited exclamations of our group.

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All of a sudden one of the whales lifted a 20-foot flipper out of the water, as if waving goodbye to his new friends:

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And just like that, with the final swish of a tail, they were gone:

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We finally set off for land again, as always passing spectacular landscapes and fantastical ice shapes:

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Looking back at our ship, dwarfed by a glacier:

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We spotted one of the other zodiacs speeding toward land, so our driver decided to race them:

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We lost - spectacularly - but wait! Something was spotted on an iceberg off to the right, and our landing plans were summarily canceled.

What have we here?

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It's a napping crabeater seal!

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He opened a blearly eye,

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regarded us imperiously,

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and ויישן ויחלום שנית:

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Our destination - for real this time:

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The approach to the landing site was choked with icebergs, all breaking off the glacier adjacent to the base:

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Waiting while the drivers navigate the zodiacs through the ice one at a time:

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The happy "anniversary couple":

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Made it through the scrum to more open water right at the base - you can see how close it is to that glacier:

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Most of the other passengers had arrived before us and were climbing the hill up to the base proper:

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Welcome:

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Fixed it for them!

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A couple of thousand penguins were nesting in cocky crevices spread out all over the mountain, but the vast majority of them were quite far:

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Snowy sheathbills were poking around eating whatever the penguins dropped:

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Most people decided to hike up to the top of the mountain:

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Personally, I decided I was too tired to climb a mountain, so I had a better plan. I dug a little depression in the snow, pulled my hat over my eyes, and went to sleep:

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I slept for a good 45 minutes, waking up refreshed and wonderfully warm.

Apparently some people got a kick out of that, such as @Moishebatchy here:

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(Photo credit Aderet F.)

But as I found out later, others liked my idea and and my spot turned into something of a rest area (as you can see in the background of the above picture).

What does a chosid do after waking up? Goes to the mikvah of course!

It was time for the Polar Plunge.

Standing in the 35-degree air, knee-deep in snow, I peeled off layer after layer till I got to my bathing suit. I headed down the mountain, waited my turn, and...

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(Video credit @LFR)

Holy. Canolli. I have never felt something like this in my life. My entire body went into shock, and I literally had to force myself to breathe - let alone move. I was a chuchem too - most people just jumped into the water right by the rocks, but I took a running leap and now had to swim back 20 or so feet.

I was in 30-degree water (saltwater freezes at a lower temp than fresh), literally surrounded by icebergs, and swimming in Antarctica. It was beyond cold, it was beyond painful, and I would do it again in an instant.

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(Photo credit Jason Ransom)

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Finally made it to shore, where I was helped back onto the rocks by a crewmember, handed a towel, and sank into knee-deep snow. Ah, warm, warm, snow... It was literally way warmer than the surrounding air.

Here's Dan reconsidering his life's choices - he didn't enjoy it as much as I did:

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(Photo credit Jason Ransom)

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(Photo credit @Moishebatchy)

@bgfbgfbhgf taking the leap:

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(Photo credit Jason Ransom)

@CheskyGold going full Breslov:

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(Photo credit Jason Ransom)

The base was unmanned when we visited, so we made ourselves at home, including planting the ship's flag - here's @CheskyGold warming up:

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(Just to be clear - the polar plunge was supervised by crew who were trained medical staff. They didn't let you in of you had a heart condition, for example, and made sure that everyone was safe at all times.)

Finally, with two unique accomplishments under out belts (and a bit drier and warmer), we left the base to get back to the ship.

Quick detour to check out the face of a glacier - check out the minuscule zodiacs for scale:

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I'll never get tired of cool ice shapes:

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This morning's wanderings:

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Lunch awaits:

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Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Dan on April 23, 2020, 10:49:27 PM
You'd think that @Dan would be used to some cold from Cleveland, while @bgfbgfbhgf from LA would be wearing fourteen layers, but I guess it was a weird night:

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Just protecting myself from COVID-18.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Yehoshua on April 23, 2020, 10:55:27 PM
Just protecting myself from COVID-18.
Hahaha
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on April 26, 2020, 12:35:34 PM
Monday, December 17 (Part 2)

After and exciting and exhausting morning, we were now back on board the ship for lunch and a short break, and before long the call came to prepare for the second excursion of the day - a visit to the Chilean González Videla Antarctic Base. Unlike the Argentinian base we had visited in the morning, this base was staffed and active.

As usual, the kayakers were called to disembark a few minutes before the others. Here's Dan all suited up before leaving our cabin:

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The base in the distance:

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A Wilson's Storm-Petrel displaying its characteristic "walking on water" behavior - they hover with their legs on the surface looking for fish and crustaceans:

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@chff getting the shot:

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Welcome to Chile:

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The Chilean Air Force personnel stationed here are stuck for six straight months, and were pretty excited to have guests:

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Walking from the dock to the building was... an adventure. The entire area is a giant penguin rookery, and every inch of space was taken up by nesting penguins. Even from the water we were accosted by the sounds (and smells!) of quarrelling penguins, and it was a sight to see their activity up close.

Unlike our pervious stops, where we had mainly been on the edges of massive colonies, here we were right in the middle of things. The path from the docks meandered between two small hills, with pebble penguin nests covering pretty much the entire things:

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It was impossible to walk too fast, as the path itself was crammed with penguins. Instead, we just stood and watched the penguins going about their lives - and penguin society is a thing to behold.

The general idea is that the females sit on the nests while the males go around looking for pebbles, which, when approved by the female, gets added to the nest.

The only problem with this entire scheme is that each and every pebble around here has already been found by someone and incorporated into a nest. The only choice the males had was to find a nearby unguarded nest, grab a stone, and abscond with it posthaste. He would then return to the nest, only to find that while his back was turned a different male had stolen a pebble from his nest.

The entire place was filled with penguins running between nests, and screaming and fighting between males when a thief was caught. Amidst all this hullabaloo, at every other nest a quiet yet tense interaction was taking place: the guys getting their pebbles approved by the ladies.

Got one - time to waddle back to the nest at top speed:

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Let's see... looks good so far:

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Approved!

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Couple of males trying to out-scream each other:

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After getting our fill of this crazy scene, we continued to the main base building. The staff invited us to this little museum thingy they had in their main building and laid out a few tables with souvenirs for sale. Prices - as expected - were completely insane, but we all happily plunked down the cash (no CCs accepted 'round these parts...) for some unique souvenirs.

Photo by @CheskyGold:

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The staff were wonderful, and we spent some time schmoozing and checking out their facilities. At one point I asked if they have any water available (I had forgotten mine on the ship), and was promptly shown into their private quarters and told to help myself to whatever I wanted.

Back outside, an elephant seal had gotten comfortable near the penguins:

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We then found a quieter area behind the main building, gathered our group, and davened mincha - likely the first-ever minyan on the Antarctic continent in the history of the world. This was followed by a definite historical first: a siyum mesechta by our very own @Moishebatchy:

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The paparazzi:

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Here's a video of the entire thing:



And a 360° video I took of the siyum's kaddish - you can see the entire scene by using a VR headset, moving your phone all around, or using your mouse to drag on a PC:



After the siyum we continued watching the penguins - this time, it's the weird penguin edition.

Here's an extremely rare sight: a white penguin. This is caused by leucism, similar to albinism:

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This is the even rarer headless penguin:

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Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Penguington:

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Wish you coulda heard it - this guy's rendition of Yossele Rosenblatt's "V'hu Rachum" was absolutely spot-on:

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BING BONG:

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Since we were technically on Chilean territory, we got to add yet another unique stamp to our passports:

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...And then it was time to leave the base.

The scenery was beyond descriptions, so instead of heading back to the ship we decided to explore the area in our zodiac for a while.

Penguins were porpoising all around us - jumping in and out of the water:

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I call this one "Monday":

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I was just in absolute awe. This is a scene I will never forget:

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Amazing mountains and glaciers:

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Three Weddell seals on an iceberg:

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Amazing how cozy those seals seem, lying there in the ice:

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Once again Stephen Harper was in our zodiac, along with his wife this time (they were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary):

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Watching penguins with @CheskyGold:

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The shapes of the ice, the colors... it was a never-ending show:

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Cruisin' along:

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The guy to the right is the ship's official photographer, Jason Ransom:

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Off in the distance, we suddenly saw a strange sight: a weird black patch was floating on the water. None of us were able to figure out what that was, including the zodiac driver and Jason, both of whom have been in Antarctica many times. It was something they'd never seen before.

Off we went to investigate...

As we got closer we saw that the black patch consisted of numerous penguins swimming in tandem. Looking around, we spotted 4 more of those - hundreds and hundreds of penguins all together. We later looked it up and it turns out this is called a penguin raft, which the penguins sometimes use to hunt more efficiently:

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Time to head back...

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Passing some building-sized icebergs on the way:

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The cranes lifting the zodiacs:

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Afternoon GPS trace:

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As we were having dessert, the waiters all emerged from the kitchen bearing a cake and singing "Happy Anniversary" - to @chff and his mother. It was undoubtedly one of the funniest moments of the trip:

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After dinner, we all gathered on the observation deck where I had arranged for the ship's photographer to take our group picture. A few people were camera shy, but we all had a great time posing in our Kosher Antarctica yarmulkas - even some of the ladies:

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Me taking a 360° picture:

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As we were wrapping up the shoot, the captain came on the PA system to inform us that conditions in the Drake Passage were looking dicey, and we should prepare for the "Drake Shake".

And with that ominous announcement, we turned our backs on Antarctica and turned towards home.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Yehoshua on April 26, 2020, 12:50:19 PM
Great TR section. As someone who gets sea sick at the slightest waves, that's the only reason I'm not going to Antarctica any time soon. I couldn't handle the Drake Shake.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on April 26, 2020, 12:51:28 PM
Great TR section. As someone who gets sea sick at the slightest waves, that's the only reason I'm not going to Antarctica any time soon. I couldn't handle the Drake Shake.

LOL, just wait till the next segment. You'll get seasick just reading it.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Yehoshua on April 26, 2020, 12:54:23 PM
LOL, just wait till the next segment. You'll get seasick just reading it.
Lol, probably will. I still have horrible memories of a 6 hour Alaskan cruise in the north Pasific that caused me to be sick for 3 hours straight. Not fun.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: moish on April 26, 2020, 02:22:40 PM
Great TR section. As someone who gets sea sick at the slightest waves, that's the only reason I'm not going to Antarctica any time soon. I couldn't handle the Drake Shake.

That's where anti seasick meds come in
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: KSMH on April 26, 2020, 02:24:20 PM
That's where anti seasick meds come in
Do they work well?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Moishebatchy on April 26, 2020, 02:26:27 PM
Do they work well?

A little too well... once we got back to port, it felt like the dry land was shaking, and the ship had been stable.  ;D
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: chff on April 26, 2020, 02:27:56 PM
Do they work well?
It's like the cocktail from COVID, you try a few, and you become the statistic from the study that none works
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: moish on April 26, 2020, 02:28:42 PM
Do they work well?
For some (many?), it worked perfectly, no ill effects whatsoever
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on April 26, 2020, 03:09:20 PM
For some (many?), it worked perfectly, no ill effects whatsoever

On the way down, sure. For the return most people were quite seasick.

I'll obviously cover this is more detail in the next segment.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: moish on April 26, 2020, 03:27:23 PM
On the way down, sure. For the return most people were quite seasick.

Maybe take a poll? Those that were seasick certainly made more noise
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on April 26, 2020, 03:29:06 PM
Those that were seasick certainly made more noise

Dan tells me I was vomiting so loudly he heard it past his noise-cancelling headphones ;D
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: moish on April 26, 2020, 03:34:15 PM
[quote author=moish link=topic=99236.msg2235835#msg2235835 date=158792924Those that were seasick certainly made more noise


Dan tells me I was vomiting so loudly he heard it past his noise-cancelling headphones ;D
Lol, there you go
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Yehoshua on April 26, 2020, 04:43:03 PM
That's where anti seasick meds come in
Maybe. I've never had good luck with Dramamine for example. I usually get so sick that I'm vomiting until there's nothing left, but maybe there something I don't know about.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Yehoshua on April 26, 2020, 04:44:41 PM
A little too well... once we got back to port, it felt like the dry land was shaking, and the ship had been stable.  ;D
Apparently that's a common side affect of cruising. I know someone who had that feeling for over a week starting 3 days after he got back to land. Nothing he could do besides lie down and wait.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: chff on April 26, 2020, 04:51:07 PM
Dramamine

What's that?



The drake require more serious stuff then Dramamine
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Yehoshua on April 26, 2020, 04:54:23 PM
What's that?



The drake require more serious stuff then Dramamine
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Traveler718 on April 26, 2020, 09:37:14 PM
Maybe. I've never had good luck with Dramamine for example. I usually get so sick that I'm vomiting until there's nothing left, but maybe there something I don't know about.

Dramamine doesn't stand a chance in the Drake. Almost all of us were wearing prescription-only patches called scopalomine behind our ears. It's quite powerful and can have some minorly unpleasant side effects. Some in our group wore their patches throughout (you have to replace them every few days), while I only wore on the way across the Drake and back, to minimize side effects.

Others wore those wristbands, and others took Dramomine and a bunch of other similar meds. The on-ship doctor had some meds that many in our group used as well. B"H I held up pretty well with the scopalomine patches, but others in the group weren't as fortunate.

Even worse was that the return through the Shake was on the 24-hour Asara b'Teves. Many in the group had heterim to fast for shorter periods of time, but almost all who attempted to eat paid the price. I'll leave it to @Something Fishy to tell it as only he can...
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: lubaby on April 26, 2020, 10:33:59 PM
Even worse was that the return through the Shake was on the 24-hour Asara b'Teves. Many in the group had heterim to fast for shorter periods of time, but almost all who attempted to eat paid the price. I'll leave it to @Something Fishy to tell it as only he can...
Hopefully he can make it work without pictures  ;D
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on April 26, 2020, 10:40:46 PM
Hopefully he can make it work without pictures  ;D

I'm putting together a compilation of video clips for this one.

Problem is, editing it is making me nauseous  :P
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Yehoshua on April 26, 2020, 10:45:58 PM
I'm putting together a compilation of video clips for this one.

Problem is, editing it is making me nauseous 
Lol, can't wait to read it and watch them.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: EliJelly on April 27, 2020, 12:11:18 AM
Back outside, a leopard seal had gotten comfortable near the penguins:

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You didn't manage to capture a kill? Leopard seal snatching a penguin is a rare sight.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: EliJelly on April 27, 2020, 12:25:38 AM
It actually doesn't look like a leopard seal, sure it is?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on April 27, 2020, 02:15:01 AM
It actually doesn't look like a leopard seal, sure it is?

That definitely is NOT a leopard seal - it's an elephant seal.

The only leopard seal of the trip was spotted on Shabbos, so no go on that for our group.

Fixed the typo, thanks.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: moish on April 27, 2020, 04:20:29 PM
Maybe. I've never had good luck with Dramamine for example. I usually get so sick that I'm vomiting until there's nothing left, but maybe there something I don't know about.
When I went shark cage diving they recommended taking motion sickness meds. I thought that meant dramamine. I felt sick the whole time.
However with scop patches and/or promethazine, it was as if I was on dry land
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: moish on April 27, 2020, 04:20:57 PM
The only leopard seal of the trip was spotted on Shabbos, so no go on that for our group.
FWIU, the kayakars saw a leopard seal
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Yehoshua on April 27, 2020, 04:25:37 PM
When I went shark cage diving they recommended taking motion sickness meds. I thought that meant dramamine. I felt sick the whole time.
However with scop patches and/or promethazine, it was as if I was on dry land
Cool. Good to know.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Dan on April 28, 2020, 01:12:33 AM
Scop patch worked fine for me as well, it's practically a requirement for the drake. The tricky part was that it made you very thirsty and as one of the few kayakers on the trip, you had to be able to go hours without using the facilities...

As @Traveler718 said, those who were machmir on the 24 hour fast were quickly rewarded and those who were not paid dearly...
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Yehoshua on April 28, 2020, 01:16:36 AM
Scop patch worked fine for me as well, it's practically a requirement for the drake. The tricky part was that it made you very thirsty and as one of the few kayakers on the trip, you had to be able to go hours without using the facilities...

As @Traveler718 said, those who were machmir on the 24 hour fast were quickly rewarded and those who were not paid dearly...
Oy, I'd probably have fasted even if it weren't a fast day. I know that getting nocious when fasting is way better than having to throw up.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: EliJelly on April 28, 2020, 01:27:28 AM
Oy, I'd probably have fasted even if it weren't a fast day. I know that getting nocious when fasting is way better than having to throw up.
Ever heard of bile vomiting? I'm having flashbacks of my experiences of this as a teenager on fast days.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Dan on April 28, 2020, 01:27:57 AM
Oy, I'd probably have fasted even if it weren't a fast day. I know that getting nocious when fasting is way better than having to throw up.
That's why i was surprised only about a dozen of us fasted.
It was the worst day at sea, but the fasters were doing better than the others.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Yehoshua on April 28, 2020, 01:29:00 AM
Ever heard of bile vomiting? I'm having flashbacks of my experiences of this as a teenager on fast days.
No, I haven't. In my most traumatic vomiting episode (3 hours non stop), once my stomach was empty, I didn't vomit anything else.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on April 30, 2020, 05:15:11 PM
Tuesday, December 18

It was Monday evening, and we were entering the Drake.

We were 800 miles away from Argentina, and ahead of us laid the stormies waters on Earth. On the way down we lucked out with the "Drake Lake", but now we were about to feel the full fury of the "Drake Shake".

And just too add another fun twist, it was now the 9th of Teves - in a few hours the fast of the 10th of Teves will begin. Due to our southerly latitude and the lack of a halachik night, what is normally the shortest fast of the year will now take a whooping 25 hours - from 1am to 1am. Most people had asked their Rabbis how to handle this fast, and while "two Jews, three opinions" remained as true as ever, most people were told to break the fast if they felt they had to.

From mine and Dan's end, we had to make sure that everyone is covered. We catered a regular dinner Monday evening, a light before-the-fast meal around midnight, regular breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Tuesday for those not fasting, and finally a breaking-the-fast meal at 1am for those who made it all the way.

As the sun went down and Monday drew to a close, the wind picked up and the waves began battering the ship. The captain announced a forecast of 40mph winds and 23-foot waves, and ordered loose items stored, all windward decks and walkways closed, and the elevators and bridge shut. We quite literally battened down the hatches and settled down to wait it out.

Here's what we had for the next 24 hours:



Towards sunset part of our group gathered in the Bistro lounge, where the view out the windows went from sky to ocean to sky to ocean and on and on and on. The ship was bucking up and down in a slow, repetitive motion, over and over and over again.

After an hour or so we lost the shelter of the Antarctic islands and a little bit after that the mountain peaks dropped beneath the horizon. We were now in the open waters of the Drake and the movement of the ship became more erratic, being buffeted about by the raw winds in addition to the waves.

As it got later, more and more people filtered into the Bistro, had a light meal, and, once the clock struck 1am... davened Shachris and went to bed.

I slept pretty well, and woke up to a malstrom going on outside my cabin window. Waves were battering right at the window, and the ship was rocking in all directions. I went to the dining room to have some breakfast, but I was one of the few who even tried - most people just stayed in bed.

The morning was the worst as far as the shake went, but as the day wore on the waves slowly diminished. Every few hours the captain would come on the PA and give us an update, and his reports slowly but surely went from 7 meter waves, to 5-6, to 4-5, and so on. However, for me at least, I felt worse as it got later. Apparently the smaller waves didn't offset the fact that my body was getting hammered hour after hour. I spent most of the day resting and relaxing in my cabin, moving from bed to couch and couch to bed. I spent a fair amount of time hugging the toilet (Dan's words, not mine), but only actually threw up once.

I didn't spend much time socializing, but as I learned later the rest of the group had very varied reactions. There was one person who claimed they barely even noticed anything, one person who didn't get out of bed for 24 hours, and just about everything in between. The ship's doctor went around doing house calls and giving meds to those who wanted, and all in all it was a very strange day.

In the end, 15 out of 51 people in our group successfully completed the fast.

By the time the fast ended, the weather had calmed down dramatically and more closely resembled the Drake on the way down. I found it interesting that as soon as the seas calmed the vast majority of passengers immediately felt better. By the next day many people actually felt it had been an excellent adventure, and yet another exciting part of the Antarctic experience.

We were still due south of Cape Horn, but also too far north at this point to daven Shachris before bed - our wacky zmanim were quickly returning to normal. Clearly we were getting closer to civilization.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Dan on April 30, 2020, 05:22:02 PM
but only actually threw up once.
(https://i.dansdeals.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/23014225/Fishy-Seems-Legit.png)
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Traveler718 on April 30, 2020, 11:42:32 PM
They say that the higher up you are on the ship, the more you feel the tossing of the waves. Although my room was on the same floor as @Something Fishy, being almost a full foot shorter than him made it much easier to survive the intense swaying. :)

In all seriousness, what in the world were you thinking to try to have breakfast just as we were making our way into the 24-hour roller coaster ride? My wife and I were among the apparently 15 who successfully completed a fast that made Yom Kippur and Tisha b'Av look easy, and the lack of food in our systems made it much easier to cope with the Drake. I don't know how anybody could have claimed they barely noticed anything, though.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: chff on April 30, 2020, 11:45:26 PM
They say that the higher up you are on the ship, the more you feel the tossing of the waves. Although my room was on the same floor as @Something Fishy, being almost a full foot shorter than him made it much easier to survive the intense swaying. :)

In all seriousness, what in the world were you thinking to try to have breakfast just as we were making our way into the 24-hour roller coaster ride? My wife and I were among the apparently 15 who successfully completed a fast that made Yom Kippur and Tisha b'Av look easy, and the lack of food in our systems made it much easier to cope with the Drake. I don't know how anybody could have claimed they barely noticed anything, though.

also depending where you room was relevant to the center. As my room was in front of the bridge, it was hell
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on May 01, 2020, 12:07:28 AM
In all seriousness, what in the world were you thinking to try to have breakfast just as we were making our way into the 24-hour roller coaster ride?

Yeah, I didn't really end up eating IIRC.

I don't know how anybody could have claimed they barely noticed anything, though.

When I say "barely noticed" I meant as far as feeling bad, obviously they were aware of the boat jumping up and down. There were a few of those, including @CheskyGold, for example - who ironically was so worried about the Drake that he almost didn't come ;D.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: CheskyGold on May 01, 2020, 12:35:46 AM
Yeah, I didn't really end up eating IIRC.

When I say "barely noticed" I meant as far as feeling bad, obviously they were aware of the boat jumping up and down. There were a few of those, including @CheskyGold, for example - who ironically was so worried about the Drake that he almost didn't come ;D.

I can confirm that this is true, and I’m going to suffer for this from @Something Fishy and @Dan till the end of times 😀
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Traveler718 on May 14, 2020, 09:42:05 AM
Any chance of finishing the TR? I'm in suspense - did we ever make it back, or did we get diverted to the Falklands again to refuel?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: CRACKERJACK on May 14, 2020, 10:44:26 AM
Any chance of finishing the TR? I'm in suspense - did we ever make it back, or did we get diverted to the Falklands again to refuel?
I think he forgot about it got too busy with this (https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=116147.0/)
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Dan on May 14, 2020, 10:50:47 AM
Any chance of finishing the TR? I'm in suspense - did we ever make it back, or did we get diverted to the Falklands again to refuel?
Weren't you on the trip?

Ami had the full scoop when we were attacked on the way back by the Bolivian Navy but we valiantly fought them off and sunk their destroyer by correctly calling out A2 and B2.

It even had Fishy's amazing drone pics of the battle!
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Moishebatchy on May 14, 2020, 11:22:34 AM
Weren't you on the trip?

Ami had the full scoop when we were attacked on the way back by the Bolivian Navy but we valiantly fought them off and sunk their destroyer by correctly calling out A2 and B2.

It even had Fishy's amazing drone pics of the battle!

(https://i.dansdeals.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/23014225/Fishy-Seems-Legit.png)
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on May 14, 2020, 11:26:17 AM
Weren't you on the trip?

Ami had the full scoop when we were attacked on the way back by the Bolivian Navy but we valiantly fought them off and sunk their destroyer by correctly calling out A2 and B2.

It even had Fishy's amazing drone pics of the battle!

ALOL, my finest moment ;D
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on May 14, 2020, 11:26:40 AM
Any chance of finishing the TR? I'm in suspense - did we ever make it back, or did we get diverted to the Falklands again to refuel?

Yes indeed. Just haven't had a chance yet.
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Dan on May 18, 2020, 07:43:59 PM
Are there any articles of previous kosher cruises to Antarctica?
@Yehuda57
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Something Fishy on May 18, 2020, 07:45:23 PM
Are there any articles of previous kosher cruises to Antarctica?
@Yehuda57

Some listed here https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=100251.0
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Dan on May 18, 2020, 07:51:15 PM
Some listed here https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=100251.0
All I see is an ad. Nothing post-trip?
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Traveler718 on May 18, 2020, 09:30:49 PM
The thread that SF linked has links to the following articles on pg. 1:
https://www.jta.org/1997/12/04/archive/u-s-rabbi-leading-kosher-tour-of-the-pristine-land-of-antarctica-2
https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/travel/1997/01/26/full-steam-ahead/2a6254ad-82fd-4337-b7d7-8ef05dcd3a53/
Title: Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
Post by: Dan on May 18, 2020, 10:25:55 PM
The thread that SF linked has links to the following articles on pg. 1:
https://www.jta.org/1997/12/04/archive/u-s-rabbi-leading-kosher-tour-of-the-pristine-land-of-antarctica-2
https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/travel/1997/01/26/full-steam-ahead/2a6254ad-82fd-4337-b7d7-8ef05dcd3a53/

Looks like ads to me.