I'm Blogging with Spanish instructions. Good thing the buttons are in the same place! I feel the mild addiction to wi-fi, or at least staying connected. It's been very difficult to find! If it's not easy to blog in the city, the rural areas will be interesting. The
Customer service has a warm, friendly tone in Santiago. I feel relaxed, knowing that people care. The language barrier
feels manageable so far. I didn't pack as light as I thought.
Met someone from San Francisco on the plane. We started a conversation about climate change. One environmental hotspot is mining in Chile and moving
glaciers to do it.(have to find out more).
We are All Antarctica is a story about my father George W. Gibbs, Jr’s adventures as the first person of African descent to set foot on the continent of Antarctica. He sailed on the famous ship the USS Bear in 1939 to 1941 on Admiral Byrd’s III expedition to the South Pole. It was the first joint venture with the US military and private exploration. Gibbs went on to serve humanity in countless ways, paving the way for not only people of color in the community of Rochester, MN but for all people to become more human, serve their community and appreciate differences.
Through compassion, tenacity, faith and countless hours in the trenches, Gibbs’ life is a model for community service, equality and fun. As the lowest rank on the ship, he was honored for his contribution at a time when people with dark skin were considered less than human.
This story integrates my experiences with natural healing, the arts, the science of the ice, the metaphysics of the South Pole and the history of the expedition and its mystery.