King George Island, Antarctica!

I had one of the most memorable winter breaks this time – I was in Antarctica!! Through the Wharton Leadership Ventures, I got an opportunity to spend 6 incredible days in King George Island, Antarctica. It was cold, wet, and beautiful.

This was the first time I was hiking with all my stuff in my backpack, and my first time camping – and I loved every minute of it! Sleeping in a sleeping bag, making our own food, devouring as many as five Snickersย  bars in a day and still feeling hungry, it was awesome! ๐Ÿ˜€

My favorite part was the day we had to hike across a glacier to reach our next campsite. It was completely white all around, I’ve never seen so much white! Plus, the snow was knee deep making it not very easy to walk. I got very hot while hiking, but then the body would cool down really fast as we stopped. It was a delicate balance to maintain.

Overall, it was indeed a once in a lifetime experience. It will forever stay etched in my memory as one of the most incredible experiences I’ve had so far.

Sharing photographs in batches. It was not easy to carry an SLR especially with all the other weight I was lugging around. Also, I was always in a team trying to get to a destination so it wasn’t always possible to stop. And most importantly, each time I wanted to take a photograph, I had to remove many layers before I could handle the camera ๐Ÿ˜€ Even so, sharing what I managed to capture. Hope you enjoy them! ๐Ÿ™‚

First snow in Philly

I wake up this morning, look out the window, notice that it’s raining except that it looks a little different….and then I notice the white roofs. It was snowing. The very first snow in Philly this year. And it’s only October!!

As a kid in Delhi, I was always fascinated by snow. Having never seen it for real, it seemed like such a beautiful thing that I would give anything to see and touch. I finally saw snow in Shimla but missed out on the snowfall, feeling very disappointed at having slept through it. Later, I did manage to catch snowfall on a trip to Ladakh for like 5 mins on Khardung-la Pass.

Now, here in Philly, it’s just snowing away outside my window. Yet, it’s just not that fascinating. Rather, it’s depressing. It imposes so many restrictions, I can’t imagine getting out, I can no longer put off buying snow boots and overcoats. So now I think I prefer snow as a tourist only ๐Ÿ™‚