Many of us have the bucket list item of standing on all seven continents. Many other retirees are content just to stay in the United States or visit a few new countries abroad. Very few get the experience of not only seeing Antarctic, but walking and sleeping there. Today, we meet our guest, Eric Matto, from Canada who set his goal to experience it all on our seventh continent. This is on my bucket list and I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did!
00:45 A life lesson from Curt's book "Fix the Problem and Other Life Lessons from a Pragmatic Dad". Get it here: https://www.amazon.com/Fix-Problem-other-Lessons-Pragmatic/dp/1091400830/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
04:39 Eric tells us why he picked Antarctica for a destination.
06:24 Eric planned his trip with the travel company called Intrepid. Find out more here: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/us
06:49 The ship he was on was called Ocean Endeavour. https://adventuresmithexplorations.com/cruises/ships/ocean-endeavour/
07:30 Eric tells us all about the trip here. He flew from Canada to Punta Arenas, Chile. Find out about this beautiful city here: https://trip101.com/article/things-to-do-in-punta-arenas-chile
07:35 All the cruise details here: Tierra Del Fuego, Chile is where the cruise took off from. Learn about this port city here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tierra_del_Fuego
08:29 Ushuaia, Argentina Learn about this beautiful city here: https://www.lonelyplanet.com/argentina/tierra-del-fuego/ushuaia
14:14 Eric talks "money"!
15:00 The excursions included staying the night on Antarctica. Eric talks about this experience here.
16:50 Leave Antarctica better than you found it! Leave nothing behind!
18:22 Coming and going from the ship to shore is with Zodiac boats. Learn about them here: https://www.zodiac-boats.com/
18:48 Your special gear for this trip is discussed here.
20:00 Eric talks about temperatures and weather.
21:42 Eric tells us about the wildlife he experienced. Gentoo and Chinstrap penguins. Learn more about the fascinating birds here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gentoo_penguin
29:45 Antarctica's Penguin Post Office . Learn about it here: https://www.npr.org/2022/04/24/1094550020/antarcticas-penguin-post-office-is-hiring