Complete 2013 Expedition Film
Join us as we reflect on our journey in our complete 2013 Expedition Film.
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
Final words and final visions. I’m staggering land drunk in Ushuaia. The precipitous journey across the drake has left me dried out.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
The return to civilisation is always a traumatic re-birth. The vestiges of the ice still fresh across the face, frozen fingers working on stuck zips, gripping to rails by memory alone.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
The lessons learned across the southern ocean aren’t quickly unlearned- It’s all too easy to feel the indelible pull back towards the alien south.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
Yet ultimately we must all return to our reality and leave this place behind. All I can hope is that some glimmer of the imaginings we had can stay with us, pressed between layers of ice, like the Antarctic itself, protected from time, protected from us.
“Invictus” by William Ernest Henly (italics)
Best of the plunge!
Ma3 Esalama Antarctica (Bye Bye Antarctica)
Seeing is believing, is this really true? Finally after two years of having a dream and six months of fund raising, I was finally able to come to this very harsh, cold dry continent yet it was very welcoming and peaceful. I feel so overwhelmed with mixed emotions like excitement, happiness and also sadness. Happy, because I challenged myself in getting here -which I finally did it- and also sharing my story back at home. I am excited, because I can’t wait until I get home and start working to save the last wilderness on earth. I am also sad because I have to leave the greatest people and friends (human and animal friends) that I have made in the past fourteen days. Usually I get home sick after travelling for more than one week, this time I wanted to stay longer because I feel like it has completely changed who I am. I will always cherish these memories of Antarctica and everyone who has contributed in me getting there, financially or emotionally. Thank you every one, thank you Antarctica.
Buthaina Al Mahuruqi