I was on the bridge, warming up from being out on the deck. I stared at the detail of the cliffs of Coulman Island, marveling at their size and the snow pack seemingly teetering on top of them. That’s when I saw it…love. Amidst the dark stone cliff there was a lighter caramel colored stone, shaped in a heart. It was fitting that I discovered love in Antarctica as I think it’s the place I love the most on this earth.
“Once you have been to the white unknown, you can never escape the call of the little voices.” –Frank Wild, Shackleton’s right-hand man
Love is why I went back to Antarctica, the voices called me back. Antarctica makes you feel like you are on another planet, I love how it makes you feel small, I love how you are forced to disconnect, I love that humans are not in charge, I love following the path of the explorers, and I love this is the one place on this earth that no one really owns.
Coulman Island wasn’t the only place I found love on this trip below the Antarctic Circle. I also found it below my feet on Inexpressible Island as I hiked up to the ridge for views of the Priestly Glacier. But the best love I found was on Franklin Island when it waddled up to me in the form of a Adelie penguin chick molting its feathers…in the shape of a fluffy heart.
Mother Nature is full of love.
One of the hardest things about traveling and living nomadically is the chance of finding and having romantic relationships. However, I actually found my current love in Antarctica 4 years ago…he was on my ship. My love life is always full of ups and downs, but the one love I can always count on is travel.
Past Posts About Finding Love in Unusual Places:
I like to look for love all over the world as I travel, and this past year was no exception. I found hearts in strange places this year in Mexico, Spain, Germany, New York City, Alaska, Maine, and I even found a whole hotel designed with love in mind. Sometimes it’s hard to find, but I just know it’s around. And sometimes, like the hotel in Begur, love practically hits you over the head.
Aiguaclara Love Hotel in Begur Spain
Let’s Hear it for Love!
Read the story of how I uncovered a love story in a bell tower in Germany here…