Extreme Polar Regions seem to have been a buried desire of mine for most of my life - I guess since starting with geography lessons at the age of 10 (a very long time ago). Ice, bears, penguins, snowy wilderness have always attracted me. Whenever I saw a picture or documentary of any of the above there was a desire to actually EXPERIENCE the reality of them in person. The opportunity to do so came in the guise of a personal tragedy when my husband died suddenly and prematurely in a motor cycle accident before we could realise the dream of a trip to Antarctica - although we had begun to talk of the possibility of one day going.As I pieced my "new life" together I chatted to a few friends who had similar desires to go so in 2011 we put a party together and went to Antarctica in February 2011 where we met with Paul Goldstein. On return to South Africa I immediately started to look at the possibility of going on one of Paul's photographic expeditions to "do the other end" and go to Spitzbergen to see the bears - even though I am NO photographer. So in June 2012 I set off with 2 fellow travellers to accomplish the mission (without a camera and only armed with an ipad - much to Paul's horror and disdain - to capture the images).