Thursday, 4 October 2012

This past week has seen a flurry of activity around Christchurch’s links with Antarctica

 It is a special relationship spanning  back 100 years with Scott’s journey to the pole in 1912 departing from Lyttleton. As the Gateway to Antarctica  for New Zealand and many other countries, in particular the USA, our relationship with Antarctica is socially, spiritually and economically significant. Several years ago I had the  privilege to spend a week on the Ice. The majesty of the place is  beyond description. I was particularly struck with the poignancy of Scott’s hut at Cape Evans and the dogs still chained outside the hut as a legacy to the past! 

My advice to anyone, is, that  if  you ever get the chance to visit  this magic continent, take it, no matter what. It is an experience of a lifetime.

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