Bay Islands, Honduras

Happy Thanksgiving from Zegrahm Expeditions

Zegrahm Contributor|November 22, 2016|Blog Post

At this time of year, as we join our family and friends and reflect on what we're thankful for, a common thread that unites the staff here at Zegrahm is, of course, travel. Here are just a few of the moments—across all seven continents—we're most grateful for experiencing over the past year: 

Sean Koenig | Program Manager

Sean Koenig, Namibia

Earlier this year, I filmed a short documentary for the World Wildlife Fund about human-wildlife conflict in Namibia. I met a farmer who had lost an arm and a foot to a hippo attack; the community had rallied to provide him with a prosthetic leg and keep his farm running while he recovered in the hospital. I am thankful that there are communities willing to accept the risk of wildlife encounters, in order to let the world experience the majesty of those wild creatures.

Adrienne Centano | Marketing Manager

Adrienne Centano, Washington DC

I had the opportunity to visit Washington D.C. in August to meet with our friends at The Nature Conservancy. Aside from productive meetings, we got to visit one of their projects in collaboration with the Anacostia Watershed Society. Together, they are restoring the Anacostia River with the goal of making it swimmable and fishable by 2025. I'm so grateful to have seen their incredible work, right in our nation’s capital.


Kelsey Simmons | Cruise Director

Kelsey Simmons, Indonesia

Earlier this month, I spent two stunning days in the Asmat. We explored some of the most remote villages—everyone adopted us, gave us gifts, let us all visit their houses, sample sago worms, try on head pieces, and even enter a men’s house where they danced and lit a fire for us. These people were so friendly, it was certainly a highlight for me, and I'm so thankful I got to experience this remote culture!  
 

Sara Mulnix | Online Communications Coordinator

Sara Mulnix, Antarctica

Spending time in Antarctica was like visiting another planet; I woke up one morning, and all I could see for miles around were icebergs of different sizes; a stunning, pale-colored sky; and seabirds for days. The albatross and penguins were incredible to see, but the amount of whales—humpback, minke, and orca—so massive and so close to us, quietly chomping on krill next to our Zodiacs, was an experience I'll forever be thankful for.

Maggie Brewe | Expedition Advisor

Maggie Brewe, Philippines

It's hard to describe the heartwarming hospitality we encountered on our expedition to the Philippines earlier this year. Each village was more welcoming then we anticipated and each stop provided opportunities to search out wildlife, appreciate the culture, and enjoy the stunning landscapes. I'm so thankful I got to experience my first-ever Zegrahm expedition! 

 

Kim Edwards | Program Manager

Kim Edwards, Honduras

I’m thankful for the three days of playing beach bum in Belize with my sister after Zegrahm’s expedition to Central America in April. Aside from showing her a million photos of the adorable kids we encountered, I also acted as snorkel guide showing her all the fish I had learned about on my trip! 

 

Chris Clark | Staff Accountant

Chris Clark, Greece

Last spring, my older brother got married in Greece. Nearly my entire family—as well as the bride's family and a mass amount of friends—were able to travel together to Athens and Mykonos to celebrate the wedding. I’m thankful for my new sister-in-law, as well as the opportunity to spend time abroad with my family in such an incredible country. 

 

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Zegrahm Expeditions!

Related Blog Posts

  • Melanesia
    Blog Post

    Journey to Tikopia: Conservation Challenges in Remote Melanesia

    February 16, 2017 | Blog Post

    This blog originally appeared on Conservancy Talk, the conservation blog of The Nature Conservancy. 

    Read More

    Hornbill Festival
    Video

    India's Hornbill Festival with Shirley Campbell

    February 15, 2017 | Video

    This November, we'll be traveling to India by Rail with the Hornbill Festival, with social anthropologist, Shirley Campbell.

    Read More

    Trivandrum, India
    Blog Post

    India Travel Tips: How to Prepare for Your Trip to the Subcontinent

    February 14, 2017 | Blog Post

    India is a vast, teeming, and colorful country with a rhythm entirely its own. Though you will see the rapid pace of modern change in the metropolises of Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore, India’s heart still beats to an ancient rhythm.

    Read More

  • Kyoto, Japan
    Blog Post

    2017: 34 Countries, 90 UNESCO World Heritage Sites [Infographic]

    February 14, 2017 | Blog Post

    In 2017, Zegrahm will be visiting 90 amazing UNESCO World Heritage Sites in over 30 countries! The United Nations Educational Scientific & Cultural Organization is a specialized agency of the UN that maintains a list of important natural or histroical sites, whose preservation and safe-keeping are deemed imoprtant for the world community.

    Read More

    Samarkand, Uzbekistan
    Blog Post

    Silk Road Travel: Uncovering Historic Treasures of Central Asia

    February 14, 2017 | Blog Post

    Silk Road Travel is a transformative, transportive experience. You can close your eyes almost anywhere along the historic route through Central Asia and turn back the clock a thousand years. In the corners of your mind you see camel and horse caravans inching towards the horizon, heaving with silks, precious stones, and spices as they amble towards Europe.

    Read More

    Gdansk, Poland
    Blog Post

    What a Wreck - Baltic History on the Sea Floor

    February 7, 2017 | Blog Post

    In 1961, the 17th-century Swedish warship Vasa was recovered from the Baltic Sea. King Gustavus Adolphus had spared no expense in building what was to be one of the most powerful warships of its day, carrying more than 60 cannons on two gun decks and decorated with exquisite sculptures of mythic gods and mermaids.

    Read More

  • Kiel Canal, Germany
    Blog Post

    Channel This - 5 of the World's Most Important Canals

    January 11, 2017 | Blog Post

    With all the gridlock on our roadways, we forget that some of the world’s busiest transportation routes aren’t even on dry land. The oldest-known canals date back to 4000 BC in Mesopotamia, where they were used for irrigation. Yet these artificial waterways have played an even more crucial economic role in the development of civilization.

    Read More

    Samarkand, Uzbekistan
    Blog Post

    The 'Stans Independence

    January 10, 2017 | Blog Post

    The largest of the four ‘Stans, Kazakhstan is a country of steppes landscaped with vast plains and hilly plateaus crisscrossed by rivers and lakes, including the Aral Sea, within its boundaries.

    Read More

    Mountain Gorilla, Rwanda
    Blog Post

    Going Ape in Rwanda

    January 10, 2017 | Blog Post

    It seems just about everyone is getting their genetic makeup tested these days. Yet in the search to find our DNA ancestry, we often overlook our closest living relatives—the Great Apes.

    Read More

  • Genghis Khaan
    Blog Post

    Genghis Khan: Emperor of All Emperors

    January 10, 2017 | Blog Post

    The Mogul Temüjin, known to history as Chinggis Khaan or Genghis Khan, was a warrior and ruler of great genius. Regarded by many as the founder of the Mongol nation, he was a soldier of ambition and determination.

    Read More

    Bunaken National Marine Park, Indonesia
    Field Report

    Indonesia: Raja Ampat & Asmat Villages 2016 Field Report

    January 5, 2017 | Field Report

    Saturday - Monday, November 5 - 7, 2016Singapore, Singapore / Jakarta, Indonesia / Manado / Embark Caledonian Sky / Bunaken National Marine Park / Siladeng Island

    Read More

    Polynesian Girls
    Blog Post

    Putting Names to Faces

    January 3, 2017 | Blog Post

    When you’re considering an exotic expedition halfway around the world, it helps to hear firsthand accounts from fellow intrepid travelers.

    Read More