Antarctica: Ben Saunders

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Packed for Antarctica – an update from Ben Saunders... November 3, 2017   In the starting blocks Hello! It's been a busy week of preparation and packing (the photo above is my sledge with 65 days of food) here in Punta Arenas in southern Chile, and I'm due to fly to Antarctica early tomorrow – Saturday November 4 – to attempt to make the first solo, unsupported and unassisted crossing of the Antarctic continent on foot. This thousand-mile traverse of the coldest place on earth has never been made alone, unsupported (with no resupplies, no air support on route, and no support vehicle), and unassisted (with no use of the wind for kiting or ski-sailing).You can follow my progress at bensaunders.com, which I'll be updating daily via satellite phone from my tent. I'm also @polarben on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. This journey is in large part inspired by my late [...]

India Travel Diary: Goa

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Traveling through Goa, the smallest state in India, is like traveling back into time.  One finds themself at a crossroads between Indian tourism including snappy tuck-tucks, bright Portuguese colors and centuries of colonialism.   Beaches call India's rising middle class to holidays, honeymoons and adventures.  But scratching beyond the surface one finds history rich in religion, arts and architecture.   Starting in the south at Zeebop, we warmed up with a leisurely walk down Goa's longest beach - complete with warm crystal clear water, fishing boats adrift on the sand and Goa's famous beach shacks offering cold refreshments. Meeting up with our trusty cab driver Cruz, we were taken to old Goa to marvel at the Portuguese Cathedrals which rival in size and scope many in the west.  We rounded out our 36 hour [...]