Weekly Photo Challenge: Threshold (Nepal)

Kathmandu Diwali 2011 - Rangoli path

Kathmandu Diwali 2011 – Rangoli path

On the Eve of the Diwali festival – Hindus decorate their doorways and pathways to guide Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth into their home.

Diwali or the Festival of Light is a very important Hindu celebration as it marks the end of their calendar year. It is recognized as a national holiday in India and Nepal and the celebration typically lasts 5 days. Continue reading

Single Woman Travels Celebrates 100th post on WordPress.com

Single Woman Travels is celebrating the 100th post today on WordPress.com with a bunch of Antarctic friends!!

A Chinstrap penguin screams to attract attention above Orne Harbour, Antarctica

A Chinstrap penguin screams to attract attention above Orne Harbour, Antarctica.

Two Gentoo penguins screams from excitement above Orne Harbour, Antarctica

Two Gentoo penguins screams from excitement above Orne Harbour, Antarctica.

A tiny Antarctic fur seal pup screams to another fur seal pup in excitement

A tiny Antarctic fur seal pup screams to another fur seal pup in excitement.

Gentoo penguin twist and shout with elation

Gentoo penguin twist and shout with elation.

A single Gentoo penguin shouts out at the top of Danko Island, Antarctica

A single Gentoo penguin shouts out at the top of Danko Island, Antarctica.

Why visit Antarctica?! Reason No.3

Typically when someone mentions Polar expeditions, the word COLD / FREEZING COLD would pop up in conversation. As recent as August 2010, the temperature in Antarctica hit am all time low of -94.7C (-135.8F). However, with the recent Polar vortex dipping South along the Eastern seaboard in North America, Antarctica seems like a winter escape!

As those in the Southern Hemisphere enjoy Summer, expedition tours to Antarctica are in full swing – sometimes visiting Falkland islands and South Georgia islands along the way. The travel season to this region starts in early November and continue until March with departures typically from Ushuaia, Argentina and Invercargill, New Zealand. Continue reading