What was the top moment in your traveling experience?
Which is the place that gave you the deepest emotions?
The one that you couldn’t even imagine it was so exciting, or moving, until you saw it?
The place that, while you were looking at it, you couldn’t even believe you were actually there?
Did that ever happen to you?
Let me know about that in the comment section. This blog has so few readers – and even less comments – at the moment, that probably few to no people will answer this. But I wanted to ask those questions now anyway.
One reason is that my own answer is connected to a series of future articles I am planning to write.
So… when did top moment in my personal travel experience occur?
It was on December 13, 2007, and it has been eternalized in this picture:
This is the sight that will be forever engraved in my heart.
I’m onboard an airplane that has just taken off from a plateau located near the coast of Adélie Land, Antarctica.
For days we have traveled on a small, sea-sick-provider ship on the Antarctic Sea. After leaving New Zealand one week earlier, and after sailing in the middle of iceberg fields, we have finally reached the coast of Antarctica.
All what we have seen during the last two days of navigation is unforgettable: icebergs as big as a town, pack and sky confused together, penguins diving into the chilling waters, the white continental ice sheet meeting the sea under the most possible blue sky.
A Canadian fellow, while looking at those spectacular views, told me: “we’ve got something to tell the bambino”.
But as for me, that wasn’t the end of that. For some reason, my first view of the Antarctic plateau from the plane is, to this day, the most moving memory I have about this world.
I remember the glare from the snow enlightening the air to levels never seen before. I remember my astonishment. I remember thinking: “is this another planet? There is something so spectacular on Earth, and yet, most people will never see it”.
I remember the white surface meeting the horizon in any direction. Only ice and sky, and nothing else.
I could not say anything.
Although I know that going back to Antarctica someday is very unlikely for me, nothing will ever delete that sight from my memories.
I’m a very lucky person.