the moon is the next antarctica

I know someone who went to Antarctica. Shortly after she got back, she told one of her clients, a well traveled client at that, where she'd been. The client said she’d been, too. No surprise there. Then, without missing a beat or mentioning a penguin, she said, “I didn’t like it. There was no culture.”

This is one of my alltime favorite travel lines. The preposterousness of a supposedly sophisticated woman saying this is too much. Antarctica. No culture. I would hope not. Then Antarctica would no longer be Antarctica.

I’d never felt a polar pull. But when my acquaintance showed me her photographs, I experienced a tug. I imagined the cold, damp air entering my lungs and the thwack of the Zodiac against the water and the expanse of the glacial landscape.

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