A Vegan Adventure to Antarctica – Part 1 Journey to South America

For as long as I can remember I had been pulled and determined to travel to Antarctica one day. I can still remember the excitement when we booked our travel package through Webjet. You know how you felt as a little kid before Christmas? Eagerly waiting to see what surprises were under the tree and of course the experience the magic. That was me when we booked.

We first had to travel from Perth to Sydney to catch our flight with Latam through New Zealand to South America. In Sydney it came as a shock to us when the lady at the counter told us that we had not been booked on this flight and that she would have to contact customer service in South America to get our booking fixed. At that stage my heart of course started raising what if we would not be able to get on this flight? Would we still be able to make it in time to Buenes Aires? After an hour of waiting and listening to our friendly lady at the counter trying to communicate with someone in South America that spoke little English we finally managed to get seats on the plane. What a relief.

Flying as a vegan with Latam was an experience. Let’s just say in South America they believe that eggs and fish are vegan. I was not impressed with the food at all as it didn’t meet my dietary requirements or was burned even though we had put in a request at the time of booking the trip. So often I would end up with a small bowl of fruit.

On our flights to South America we met a lot of fellow travellers that were just as excited to be experiencing Antarctica very soon. Once we arrived in Buenes Aires we were tired but happy knowing that we would be able to have a night’s rest before catching a small charter flight to Ushuaia the next morning. We were meant to be picked up by a coach which to our surprise never showed up. We ended up teaming up with another couple to take a taxi to our hotel. The journey to our hotel should have taken 45 minutes but took  over 3 hours. A Mardi Gras and two sporting events were taking place that made it near impossible for our driver to get to the hotel. You know the saying you never know what you have got until it’s gone. Let me assure you we did regret it that we did not take advantage of the toilets at Buenes Aires Airport.

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We only had about 4 hours of sleep when we got to the hotel before we had to get up in order to grab breakfast on the way to catch up charter flight to Ushuaia. There was tea, juice and fruit that I could have. After our short charter flight we decided to take the optional tour to explore and see Tierra del Fuego National Park. I can only recommend it. The landscape is stunningly beautiful.

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While there we also were able to get stamps in our passport at the post office “at the end of the world” (Argentina).

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Post Office at the End of the World (Argentina)

Watch out for my next post where I continue from when we board the Ms Midnatsol…

Do Not Disturb!

One of the key features in our recent stay at the Doubletree by Hilton in Kuala Lumpur was the glass wall of the bathroom. This cheeky feature may add extra interest and excitement during your stay…

We were lucky enough to get a room on the 23rd floor which gave us spectacular views especially at night when you could see the city lights. The breakfast had choices for every taste. I primarily eat a plant based diet so I started the day in the fruit section. I would then continue in the indian vegetarian section with curries and rotti. Something that I had almost every day were the fried mushrooms with herbs and sprouts. They were out of this world from a flavour perspective. My final bowl would always be a noodle soup with tons of vegetables and tofu.

With our deluxe room we got a pillow menu which I had never seen before. In other words there were all different  sorts of pillows from some that felt like you are on a soft board to super soft pillows. We were not convinced about the Tatami pillow but it may rock your boat. 

In order to use the mini bar you have to fill out the order form to get it stocked up. That wasn’t an issue for us since we prefer to venture outside and explore the local food on offer. In the Intermark Mall connected to the Doubletree you can also find a supermarket, food court, a juice stall and heaps more on the lower levels. 

The Doubletree also offers a free shuttle service to many areas in the city which we made use of. Just keep in mind that the maximum number is 9 people and it works on a first come first serve basis.

Overall we enjoyed our stay at the Doubletree. The only issue I had there was that I requested a take away breakfast due to our early return flight and I was supplied items I was allergic to. I advised the staff of my dietary requirements and they even double checked. I was disappointed so if you have special dietary requirements I would advise to be cautious or book your stay with someone else.