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Across The World, Once Again

Posted on March 25th, 2014 by Blaine Zuver

Now at Yangon Airport enjoying the fastest wifi connection in Myanmar.Singapore Airlines is rumored to have wifi on their A380s though it did not work on the flight to Germany and Singapore. Since they do have plugs at ever seat ( like all airlines should) I will begin editing video. Lot’s of incredible photos and video to come.

Burmese Village Life

Posted on March 18th, 2014 by Blaine Zuver

Bagan is surrounded by tiny villages where life changes very slowly. On a silent electroscooter and GoPro strapped to my head I was able to coast through villages almost undetected quickly gathering everyday scenes. Since upload time is too slow here in Yangon , still clips will be posted for now.

Along the mighty Ayarwaddy. In monsoon season this spot will be thirty feet under water.

Water is hauled from a common well by oxcart.

1960s PLA Surplus.

More pictures to come, internet excrutiatingly slow. This much has taken over an hour !

Bagan, Myanmar Day 1

Posted on March 16th, 2014 by Blaine Zuver

Shortly after sunrise I rented an electric motorscooter and set off to explore the searing hot plains of Bagan, and visit some of the thousands of temples built over hundreds of years – each a tribute to Lord Buddha.

Temples large and small stretch as far as the eye can see.

Along the way I came upon a ” Community Service Project . ” Local villagers dig a giant hole by hand, which will fill with water in the coming rainy season – attracting animals to drink there. Each person is expected to carry a number of loads equal to their age.

Lord Buddha is the Center of Life.

Styles changed throughout the centuries.

A $100 bill will get you 97 of these. 1000 kyat notes are used for everything and this stack will last a few days. Breakfast was 700 kyats – 70 cents. MOtorbike rental was 8000 kyats, a little over $8.

ArcticTropic has many more shots and incredible video. The hotel has wifi but upload speeds are like dialup , so video may not be uploaded until we return Stateside.

Myanmar !

Posted on March 15th, 2014 by Blaine Zuver

Yesterday ArcticTropic arrived in Yangon, Myanmar ( formerly Rangoon,Burma ) after flying 25 hours from New York via Frankfurt and Singapore. After a delicious lunch we flew onwards to Bagan ( formerly Pagan ).

Baggage being unloaded from Air KBZ in Bagan. As of this writing it is 7:30 AM and off to explore the sacred temple city.

This Week In The Air

Posted on March 11th, 2014 by Blaine Zuver

ArcticTropic travels to Myanmar this week. Tomorrow from Miami to New York. On Wednesday night we board a Singapore Airlines A380. On Thursday morning we stop in Frankfurt to refuel and take on passengers. Then many more hours across Eastern Europe and Asia with and early morning change of planes in Singapore. From there, another 3 hours to Yangon. After clearing customs and a brief exit from the airport, it will be a short hop on Air KBZ up to Bagan. Then a high adventure weekend on horseback and bicycle throughout the largest gathering of Buddhist temples in the world. The temperature should be a toasty 106 to 110. ( 41 to 44 ). Singapore Airlines has onboard wifi so follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

WorldWide Panorama

Posted on February 12th, 2014 by Blaine Zuver

A quick representation of destinations since the GoPro was acquired less than a year ago. Featured : USA,Mongolia,South Africa,Namibia,China. Music will now accompany most videos.

Namibia – One Week

Posted on February 10th, 2014 by Blaine Zuver

One week in Namibia barely scratches the surface. ArcticTropic was there in October, 2013 for the Adventure Travel Trade Association annual conferences in the capital city of Windhoek and the small seaside city of Swakopmund. At least weeks is needed to see the country properly.

South Africa Fast Trip

Posted on February 3rd, 2014 by Blaine Zuver

After Namibia , ArcticTropic had less than a week to explore the vast territory of South Africa. 3 days in Cape Town was plenty, but the 1000 mile,1600 km journey back to Johannesburg via the Wynlands,the Great Karoo and the South Coast was quite a feat, meaning many hours in the car.

Strange Beautiful Journey on the Cape Town Metro

Posted on January 18th, 2014 by Blaine Zuver

A Saturday afternoon journey from Muizenberg to Fish Hoek near where the Atlantic meets the Indian Ocean. A preacher man works the aisle. The train is much like the NYC subway, but with better scenery. Cost is 6 Rand or 60 cents US.

Three Oceans

Posted on January 18th, 2014 by Blaine Zuver

In 2013 ArcticTropic swam in three of the five oceans – Atlantic,Pacific and Indian. They will all be immersed in again before mid ’14. The Arctic and Southern Oceans are more of a challenge to get to and to swim in , but we will get to both soon.