HOW TO SPEND YOUR DOWN TIME.
Seabourn suggests how to spend your down time.
SOUTH: THE ILLUSTRATED STORY OF SHACKLETON’S LAST EXPEDITION 1914-1917, BY SIR ERNEST HENRY SHACKLETON (ZENITH PRESS).
Sir Ernest Shackleton never knew when to quit.t. Five years after earning his knighthood for venturing further south than any human had ever gone, he returned to Antarctica – this time, me, to cross the White Continent, journeying from the Atlantic to the Pacific via the South Pole. His first-person account of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic arctic Expedition – the sinking of their ship, Endurance,nce, and subsequent year and a half spent campingg on an ice floe and rafting to South Georgia Islandd – remains a stunning, stirring story of survival: “We had one water-tight tin of matches. I had stowed away in a pocket, in readiness for a sunny day, a lens from one of the telescopes, but this was of no use during the voyage. The sun seldom shone upon us.” His matter-of-fact descriptions become even more moving when read alongside the photos and paintings of expedition members Frank Hurley and George Marston. This new edition includes maps and modern color photographs of the land and sea in which Shackleton and his crew battled the elements and ultimately emerged victorious.
THE CAVES OF ARUBA
For an island famous for its sunshine, some of Aruba’s most striking features are hidden underground. Below the enormous nature preserve of Arikok National Park lie three especially striking caverns. Guadirikiri Cave is laced with natural “skylights” – according to legend, where a pair of imprisoned Arawak lovers burst through the rocky ground to live happily ever after. The winding, 300-foot-long Huliba Cave is known as the “Tunnel of Love” for its narrow passages and heart-shaped entrance. And the walls of Fontein Cave are decorated with Arawak paintings and petroglyphs made 2,000 years ago.
I WALKED ABROAD, BY PREMO & GUSTAVSSON
Two musicians with different roots – fiddler and banjo-player Laurel Premo of Red March Rising and nyckelharpa virtuoso Anna Gustavsson – put their talents together to create a trans-Atlantic bridge between American bluegrass and traditional Swedish folk music. The trip between the two worlds is more than worthwhile. Song titles like “Hannah at the Springhouse” and “Omvända Vallåtspolskan” might tip off a listener to the cultural blend presented by these inspired players, but it’s only after listening to the largely instrumental tracks that one realizes not how different they are, but how much the same. The haunting lilt of “Nostalgipolska” fits right alongside their rendition of the Appalachian classic “Sally in the Garden.”
It’s strange to think that music that sounds as familiar as a vintage postcard could also be so groundbreaking at heart, but there it is. A good tune is universal.