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Myths of Traveling to Antarctica by Marybeth Bond

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Our friends and colleagues plagued us with questions before we left. Won’t you be cold, bored, unsafe and sea sick? I admit, I too had some concerns but none of them proved true.

Cold?

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Quark Passengers Love Showcasing Their National Pride

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Wherever we go – from the Drake Passage to King George Island in the Antarctic, all the way to East Greenland and even the North Pole – Quark passengers love bringing a bit of their home country with them. Even better, they share their experiences with us in photos, videos and even guest blog posts.

In light of the recent Olympics, one of the greatest displays of national pride on earth, we wanted to share these incredible photos of our passengers celebrating their home countries on expedition to the North Pole. See if your own country has been represented on an Arctic tour!

A Meeting of Nations at the North Pole

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Guest Post: Antarctica through the Eyes of an Arctic Aficionado by Andrew White

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As someone who has truly been bitten by the Arctic bug, I was chomping at the bit to see Antarctica. And as the newest member of the Quark sales team, I was looking forward to seeing a Quark expedition in action. Like most salespeople it is easier to sell something you have experienced and even easier if you are genuinely passionate about it. Would it stack up to my experiences in the Arctic? Would I be able to sell Antarctica as passionately as I can sell the Arctic? And more importantly, would I get sick crossing the Drake Passage? (Yes. Yes. And NO!)

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Part 2: Journey to the Arctic with Janet & John Tangney

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Janet & John Tangney have been married for almost 41 years and live in Oregon. John's full time job is writing Computer Aided Design software, and Janet was previously a pre-school teacher and substitute teacher for high school special education class. While John is a photo enthusiast, Janet also enjoys the hobby. They primarily go to National Parks in the USA on their travels, and love the Northwest. John had previously gotten to go to Antarctica with Quark Expeditions, and hopes to be able to return to there with Janet in a couple of years. They have a website, www.pbase.com/jctangney where they post photos for all to view and enjoy.

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Part 1: Journey to the Arctic with Janet & John Tangney

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Janet & John Tangney have been married for almost 41 years and live in Oregon. John's full time job is writing Computer Aided Design software, and Janet was previously a pre-school teacher and substitute teacher for high school special education class. While John is a photo enthusiast, Janet also enjoys the hobby. They primarily go to National Parks in the USA on their travels, and love the Northwest. John had previously gotten to go to Antarctica with Quark Expeditions, and hopes to be able to return to there with Janet in a couple of years. They have a website, www.pbase.com/jctangney where they post photos for all to view and enjoy.

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Polar Adventure: Camping in Antarctica

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This post is featured on The Weather Channel website written by Matthew Neugeboren and Stephanie Valera. It highlights adventure couple Dave and Deb of ThePlantD as they embark on a memorable camping experience in Antarctica with Quark Expeditions:

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Life Aboard the Sea Spirit

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Currently aboard the Spitsbergen Voyage, we have a special program with the Chinese Arctic Youth Group, that is incorporated by Quark's GSA Amazing Cruises and Travel.

Annie Inglis, Expedition Co-ordinator, has sent us an update from the Sea Spirit:

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North Pole Adventure with Chris

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Fun facts about an Antarctic voyage

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Two Antarctic ambassadors on ice!

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Guest Post: 24 Hours in Longyearbyen

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If you're planning to take one of our wildlife-intense Spitsbergen voyages, you'll find yourself in Longyearbyen, Svalbard before embarkation on your trip. Longyearbyen is the largest settlement in Svalbard, Norway, and is considered the world's northernmost town. Award-winning travel blogger Jennifer Dombrowski of jdombstravels.com shares her tips on the best ways to spend 24 hours in Longyearbyen, Svalbard.

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