Comments: 620 • Responses: 109 • Date: 2014-05-04 23:29:13 UTCsource
GiantRagingBurner8 karma2014-05-05 04:42:30 UTC
Aww you're adorable!
Can't really think of a question that hasn't been asked already, but I still wanted to say congrats on being cancer free! My grandma died a few years back from lymphoma, so it's inspiring to see people who have fought it and succeeded.
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Vanillatea8 karma2014-05-05 04:49:15 UTC
Ahh, thank you so much!
My condolences to you and your family.
kakeface1078 karma2014-05-05 00:14:15 UTC
Vanillatea19 karma2014-05-05 00:30:39 UTC
Make A Wish is an organization that grants wishes to children with life threatening diseases.
ScholarlyGentlelady8 karma2014-05-05 05:24:45 UTC
Wait Nilla you got to go?! That's amazing! I'm so happy for you! Were the penguins everything you had hoped and dreamed?
Vanillatea8 karma2014-05-05 05:25:35 UTC
Yes, thank you so much! It was wonderful. (:
Kingle0nidas6 karma2014-05-05 05:49:09 UTC
Great photos, you really captured the sense of awe and wonder. I felt like that once.
Where's your next adventure?
Vanillatea13 karma2014-05-05 05:50:58 UTC
Other than heading back to Antarctica, I also want to see the North Pole. Particularly Norway.
Saviazi6 karma2014-05-05 04:15:43 UTC
That's really incredible. Thanks for sharing all those great photos and the great article. Really enjoyed the part about being "one" with nature. Not a lot get to do that these days! Congratulations on being cancer free, as well. :)
Anything you wanted to do but couldn't? Do you see yourself going back there in the future?
Vanillatea6 karma2014-05-05 04:21:22 UTC
I really wish I could have gone camping on the actual ice, but due to weather conditions, it wasn't able to happen. I definitely see myself going back! I miss it so much, and aspire to work there one day.
newrddt5 karma2014-05-05 05:55:07 UTC
When I die, i'm splitting my money pretty much 33%/33%/33% roughly into make a wish for those already ill, to research for prevention and cures, and for education so people can study to gain knowledge to help :D
Vanillatea4 karma2014-05-05 06:01:06 UTC
That's awesome! Thanks on behalf of everyone who that helps!
BACON_BATTLE4 karma2014-05-05 04:51:37 UTC
What's your favorite month?
Vanillatea9 karma2014-05-05 04:57:41 UTC
Either October or December. I like the whole Christmasy, gingersnap feel to December, but I also am in love with the smell of freshly fallen leaves of Autumn.
britchesss4 karma2014-05-05 03:29:28 UTC
Did you get to pet a penguin? I hope you got to pet a penguin.
Also, congrats on being cancer-free! I hope it stays that way forever.
Vanillatea11 karma2014-05-05 03:35:31 UTC
Unfortunately not! There were strict rules on petting penguins, and we essentially did not want to stress them out. Just being around them, and having them peck at my feet was enough. (:
Thank you kindly!
kowalski714 karma2014-05-05 05:35:15 UTC
That's terrific, one of my life goals! Congrats on being cancer free, as well.
Did you see any sled dogs there? I've ran sled dogs my whole life and I always wondered if they were still in use in Antarctica.
Vanillatea7 karma2014-05-05 05:36:47 UTC
Thanks! No, I didn't see any sled dogs, but I did also visit places that didn't have any people either, so that's probably why, haha.
kowalski714 karma2014-05-05 05:38:53 UTC
Wow, fast answer! Thanks, I guess that skill won't be quite as relevant on my resume when I try to get a job down there.
Vanillatea5 karma2014-05-05 05:40:47 UTC
Ooh, best of luck! I hope you get the job!
yarnball4204 karma2014-05-05 05:21:13 UTC
Did you take those pictures?!
Vanillatea6 karma2014-05-05 05:23:43 UTC
Yes! My mother took some as well!
andrew4984 karma2014-05-05 04:51:22 UTC
I went to Antarctica too! Did you travel with G-Adventures?
Vanillatea4 karma2014-05-05 04:58:17 UTC
Rad! No, I went with Hurtigruten.
CrimJim4 karma2014-05-05 04:55:18 UTC
Were the nights long/dark enough when you were there to see the stars without all the light pollution of living in civilization? I've been able to look up at the sky once when I was in Utah to see the stars like that. I could only image how beautiful someplace even more remote would be like.
Vanillatea4 karma2014-05-05 04:56:38 UTC
Unfortunately not, but the sunsets and sunrises made up for it. (:
shanshan4124 karma2014-05-05 04:37:00 UTC
This is amazing! What an incredible experience. What was one thing that you didn't like about Antarctica, if at all? (Since the question of what surprised you the most has already been answered :))
Also, congratulations on beating that bitch of a disease. It's taken too many people away too soon, and I'm glad you (and the doctors/researchers!) slapped it into remission :)
Vanillatea9 karma2014-05-05 04:38:50 UTC
Thank you! One thing I didn't like was the Russian base. They were not very nice, and there were many beer cans and oil in the water where they were set up. Broke my heart. :(
I also didn't like the fact that I had to leave!
shanshan4124 karma2014-05-05 04:45:53 UTC
Haha those are both definitely not great things! So after this experience, what do you see yourself doing in the future?
Vanillatea6 karma2014-05-05 04:50:52 UTC
Going back and working in Antarctica as an ecologist, hopefully!
Crovax873 karma2014-05-05 05:50:50 UTC
Incredible sunset shots my god. If you had a wide angle lens man id be frothing at the mouth
Vanillatea7 karma2014-05-05 05:51:58 UTC
Ahh, I contemplated taking a good camera, but having never been out of the US before, I was too uneasy about it. These were all taken with either a GoPro or a couple small digital cameras.
kakeface1071 karma2014-05-05 04:44:54 UTC
did you take those pics yourself, btw? they're really good
Vanillatea2 karma2014-05-05 04:50:03 UTC
Yep! Thank you!
dogfunky1 karma2014-05-05 04:43:01 UTC
After reading a bit of your ama, I really want to go to Antarctica. Looks like you had a lot of fun! Happy to hear you're cancer free
Vanillatea2 karma2014-05-05 04:49:36 UTC
You definitely should. It is an amazing experience.
YukonKorneliu5-3 karma2014-05-05 05:33:43 UTC
Are you died?
Vanillatea4 karma2014-05-05 05:34:23 UTC
I'm actually writing this beyond the grave, yes.
YukonKorneliu50 karma2014-05-05 05:38:16 UTC
OP delivered... From the grave...
Vanillatea1 karma2014-05-05 05:42:31 UTC
totric-32 karma2014-05-05 03:38:08 UTC
So you arent dead? You scammed em?
Vanillatea10 karma2014-05-05 03:40:03 UTC
Well that's not very kind of you, eh?
"Won’t accepting a wish mean we’ve given up hope for our child’s recovery?
We have frequently been described in the media or by word of mouth as granting wishes for children with “terminal” illnesses. It is much more correct to say that we grant wishes to children with “life-threatening” illnesses. Many people believe (incorrectly) that we grant wishes only to children who are dying, when in fact, we see the process of making a wish as life-affirming and full of hope. Families tell us that a wish can encourage a child to imagine a positive future when courage and hope are flagging. Our wish children who are now adults would attest to this!"
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