Here's a collection of portraits and short stories from people I met on my trips around the world. Thank you for tuning in and see you soon, bye bye!

Zeeburgereiland, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Autumn 2020.

It attracts me because it is so extreme. Antarctica is one of the last discovered places on Earth. The first person to reach the southernmost tip of the North Pole was not there until the late 19th century. To reach that point took a lot of effort, a lot of technological development to linger there.

It would be impressive to sail through there with a ship, with huge ice rocks that could kill you at any time. And those huge plains there. It’s just a whole different world. And they have penguins. That’s a nice bonus.
Great Britain even has a post office there. But the largest place in Antarctica is McMurdoc Station, an American site with about 1,000 people. And the inhabitants of Antarctica fluctuate a lot with the seasons. In winter there are very few people and no transport. You would be stuck there for six months. And in the summer there is a little more transport and more tourism.

There are several ways to get to Antarctica. Either you work at one of those stations, but that is often only for people with an American passport. Or you will be sent there as a scientist. But I’m not really in that branch of science either. You could also go as a tourist and then you go to different places and then you do excursions there. And you have many different types of offers there.
Or work at the British Post Office. They accept people who are not British, I looked it up before. But you must have a lot of experience with tourism and guide groups.

You would also get a psychological test, because with a small group of people you would have to rely on yourself for half a year. A bit like being in space. On another planet. There is no help, if something goes wrong, you are on your own. And you don’t want people staying there to suddenly get cabin fever, and then for something horrible to happen, something involving cannibalism. People getting eaten. That would be very sinister. So no, I wouldn’t want to stay there.

But to visit it once, there is something adventurous and exciting about it. It seems an incredibly beautiful and overwhelming area to visit. I am sure Antarctica will exist my whole life. But especially now with climate change, one day it will disappear.

It seems very impressive to go there. Antarctica. Absolutely.