Antarctica Ahoy?

By Mridula Dwivedi July 11, 2012 28 Comments ,

You might wonder why I have put a question mark after Ahoy? I will tell you the tale if you bear with me. It started at Baiguney with Club Mahindra’s conClay. I heard Dr. Priya Venkatesh talk about her expedotion to Antarctica with 2041. I was hooked.

So I decided to apply for the 2013 expedition with Sir Robert Swan and guess what? I got accepted. That is part A. And if you are wondering why is Sir Swan’s expedition called 2041 it is because in that year the no drilling, no mining Antarctica treaty is coming up for review. Watch this video and lets move to part B.


This is the Inspire Antarctica Expedition video for 2013.

The part B is the tough one, I need to raise 22,000 dollars as the expedition fee, the air fare to Argentina (the start point of the expedition) and the gear required for the expedition. So my head is reeling. If I clear part B I get to visit Antarctica! That is part C.

But see what a way I found to get my head out of Everest Base Camp!

I am heading off for a small trek this Saturday and I would be back later in the week. After that I have to get my reeling head around fund raising. And I am going to ask each and every one of you to help me.

Stay tuned for more.

Update 1: Thank you Meena for liking the new theme but it has messed up my customization 🙁 Thank you all for the support and ideas that you gave me in the comments. Keep the coming. I am off to Uttarakhand and will be back later in the week. After that I am going to work on making this trip happen. I obviously can’t do this alone. So will need your continued support.


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28 thoughts on “Antarctica Ahoy?”

  1. Mridula, you rock. Congratulations!
    Setup a fundraising page, I will contribute something (and get bragging rights) “oh EBC is great, but my blogger friend has been to Antarctica.”

  2. Mridula, EBC and then Antartica!!! You are blessed. I was really wow’ed to read this post. But, part 2 is quite challenging. But, you can do it girl! You have it in you to fulfill your dream! All the very very best.

    PS: I am already dreaming of reading your Antartica posts 😛

  3. Thanks Niranjan.

    Priyank thank you sooooo much.

    Chitra I am off for a week, hence I am holding all calls at the moment. You are going to get a call for sure!

    Meena once I am back from the trek, I will come looking for help, because I for sure cannot do this alone!

    Thanks Rama, fund raising is my first choice so let us see.

    Thanks Shrinidhi.

    Thanks Tushar and the theme of the blog got messed up, let us see if it can be restored or else I will customize it again.

    Samaresh thank you.

    Prashanth, thank you.

    ZielonaMila thank you.

    PN thank you.

    Lady Fi thank you.

    Akhila many thanks for your kind words. let us hope the dream comes true!

    Atul may we both travel to Antarctica.

    Meena thank you but all my customization is gone 🙁

    Sabyasachi many many thanks for your wishes.

  4. i was off blogging world for quite sometime…and when I am back, wow, what a news is this? I never could even think of it, and you would be THERE, in Antartica! My best wishes are with you. I am sure you’ll sail through all your plans…

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Travel Tales from India & Abroad

I am Mridula Dwivedi and I started blogging on 'Travel Tales from India' in June 2005. I renamed it Travel Tales from India & Abroad in 2016. Within a few months of the launch my travel blog found a mention on both the BBC and The Guardian. I also featured in a National Geographic Skoda Yeti Video. I was recently featured on

I quit my job as a professor in May 2015. I am having a blast ever since. I do not miss my work but sometime I do miss my salary! Somewhere along the journey I ended up acquiring a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur! I now wonder why?

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