So, there’s this huge, ice-covered country at the top of the world–a place that we all fly over and love to overlook. Though perhaps you are more conscientious–perhaps you count yourself among the rare breed of traveler that is drawn to remote, disregarded landmasses where the mighty musk oxen roam. If that is the case–well then, Greenland is definitely the place for you.
I can say that with a straight face because I am blogging from Greenland right here, right now, even as the glowing green northern lights swirl outside my nighttime window. I’ll be up here all week, investigating the country that all the maps tend to chop in half, or else distort wildly. To kickstart our Gadling coverage, I’m sending you this cheerful message of hope LIVE (nearly) from Greenland and–get ready for this: in Greenlandic! That’s right. Good travelers know that learning a few words in the local tongue is always the best way to blend in with the locals, as is wearing national dress. For example, this reindeer-skin parka is de rigueur in much of Greenland (although quite inappropriate for the warmer month of September).
The local Inuit populace call their country Kalaallit Nunaat, which simply means “Land of the People”. Now right away, I can tell you this is false advertising because honestly, there are not that many people in Greenland at all. This wee video clip was filmed in a village boasting exactly 50 inhabitants, all of which you can hear milling about in the background. In point of fact, Greenland is mostly empty, which is why it’s so awesome.
*The author traveled to Greenland as a guest of Branding Greenland. This does not mean he is confederate to a sinister public relations plot. He is merely blogging from and about Greenland. Even so, the opinions expressed do not reflect those of the Greenlandic government, Gadling, or AOL.
Wondering how our very own Andrew Evans was able to pull of a ten thousand mile journey from Washington DC to Antarctica on nothing more than a series of buses and ferries? It’s a hell of a voyage to handle all by one’s lonesome, but Andrew made the trip in style, blogging and tweeting from the road for National Geographic, checking in with MyFoxDC along the way and sending back gorgeous dispatches and photos throughout.
Next week, Andrew will be reliving the tale live with readers and fans in a National Geographic Expeditions webinar. The event, moderated by our good friend Janelle Nanos will feature a slideshow and narration by Andrew himself, and attendees will be able to ask questions and comment on the experience.
I won’t ruin the surprise for anyone, but rumors in the travel underground are suggesting that Andrew will finally reveal that photos of the black penguin were all staged — “Ralph,” the puppet that was used in the shot is actually a creation of Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.
Guess you’ll have to attend the webinar to find out the truth. There’s a limit of 1000 attendees to the show so sign up early.
Clinging to the time-honored American tradition of grand re-entrances (and like a malevolent phantom lunging at you through your computer screen), I have returned. Didja miss me, huh?
Apologies for the disappearance but over the last few months I have been out touring my conspicuous act and feeding my inner hobo. Maybe you heard about that psychotic man who rode the Bus 2 Antarctica? Yeah [nonchalant hair toss], that was me. Or that intrepid explorer who snapped a picture of the super rare all-black penguin and sold it to all the British tabloids? Yeah, that was me too. And the guy who revolutionized Twitter? Well no, actually, that was Ashton Kutcher . . .
But yeah, I’m back from my epic journey to Antarctica with all kinds of fun facts, like the slowest way between any two points on a map and 101 effective toilet paper substitutes at all-night Peruvian truck stops. Boys and girls, ladies and gents! I have traveled the world and (drum roll) . . . hit all seven continents like a redneck hammering plastic gophers at the county fair. I have come full circle and who did I find waiting for me patiently at the dock, heavily lipsticked and with daisies in hand? Gadling: my dear sweet, doe-eyed darling Gadling.
So, kill the fatted calf and pull up a bean bag chair! Gadling’s prodigal son has come back to the fold, poised at my typewriter and ready to bang out nifty travel stories for your ongoing reading pleasure. Beware of good times ahead: it’s gonna be just like that book “Oh the Places You’ll Go!”, only so much trippier.
Not that many people make this trip, and while the destination itself is still very special, Andrew made his voyage even more exciting by completing the trip using public bus services. Of course, he had to use a boat to complete the final portion since amphibious public transit services are still in their infancy. 1,650 tweets later, he arrived this afternoon and posted the following message:
Just set foot on Antarctica. My 7th continent & the end of my bus journey! http://ow.ly/i/vgQ 68º 16.892′ South
Congratulations to Andrew, and many thanks for the fantastic updates during your journey – reading tweets may not be as exciting as actually traveling with you, but it sure did keep me entertained.
Have you checked in with our colleague, friend and hero Andrew Evans lately? He’s on the Bus(es) to Antarctica right now, a long, slow journey from his home in Washington DC all of the way to the southern tip of the planet Earth. By bus. Or rather, a series of slow, crawling behemoths from which he’ll be blogging, tweeting and reflecting over the course of the next several weeks. Fox 5 in DC picked up the trail late this week, with Andrew in Central America and working on his sexy beard. Take some time to with him well on his Twitter feed at @bus2antarctica or over at National Geographic’s Intelligent Travel Blog.