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Welcome to the Zegrahm Expeditions Blog! Here you will find inspiration for your next adventure and information from your last adventure, produced by our field leaders, Seattle office staff, and contributing writers. You may filter this content by geographic region, by typeincluding blog post, field report (a daily recap of a past expedition with images), photo gallery, or video—or by topic. Explore your world, from our perspective.

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Facts About Polar Bears—Their Plight and Prospects
July 18, 2011
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Polar Bear Quest: A Voyage through Svalbard, 2011

Today’s planned two-hour afternoon Zodiac cruise into the lovely Smeerenburg Bay produced not one, but two, separate, but ultimately combined, polar bear sightings. “Sightings” implies a glimpse in the distance, or a whiff of a passing glance, but we collectively achieved a rich interface among and with Nordic polar bears today that will be forever etched into our minds. Unbeknownst to the guests, Mats Forsberg knew where to find the...

Histria
September 20, 2009
Blog Post

In 1960-61 we both seperately joined the Foreign Service/USAID and our first assignments were to Ankara, Turkey. In the spring of 1961 we became acquainted on a trip to Goreme/Cappadocia. As kismet would have it we fell in love and were married in Ankara in 5/62 and our two children were born there. Before departing in 4/65 we visited an antique store in Izmir and bought 3-4 pieces of "old pottery." Also we visited Bodrum and at a Turkish tea house we bought two amphorae that the local...

Pygmy cormorants
April 25, 2015
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Circumnavigation of the Black Sea, 2009

We entered the Danube Delta at 6 a.m. to take on the pilot in Romania's Sulina Channel. Already we could see pelicans and coots rafting in the lakes just north of the channel which bisects this immense biosphere reserve. Our local boat, the Europolis, was waiting alongside in Crisan to take us deep into the reserve via narrow channels. The waterways were quiet and idyllic, overhung with willow trees and bordered by sweeping stands of ...

Istanbul, Turkey
October 20, 2009
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Circumnavigation of the Black Sea, 2009

When we embark on a voyage, we are most often thrilled with the wonderful visuals and intense learning experiences which a new destination affords. Zegrahm's Black Sea voyage has certainly provided all of these things but is also, almost magically, set to music.

While exploring the Gelati Monastery high up in the Caucasus Mountain Range of Georgia we happened upon a service taking place. Looking out over the misty valley, we were...

Caviar and vodka
April 25, 2015
Blog Post

Circumnavigation of the Black Sea, 2012

After an amazing day spent cruising the Danube River in Romania, we returned to or ship in the late afternoon. Once everyone was back on board, we made our way back down the Delta to the Black Sea. It was a stunning evening, with warm temperatures and a beautiful sunset. The only thing to make it even more perfect….VODKA. We convened on the pool deck for a vodka and caviar tasting. Let’s just say...

Misool Island, Raja Ampat
May 1, 2013
Field Report

Monday, March 11, 2013 - Manado, Sulawesi / Embark Clipper Odyssey: Those of us who had just arrived in Indonesia began our time here with a relaxing lunch, before we had time to wander the aisles of a local market, which sold everything from fresh produce to shampoo.

Those who were continuing on from the previous voyage embarked on a full-day excursion that began with a stop at the very colorful Tomohon Market. From there we visited Woloan Village to see...

Circumnavigation of the Black Sea
November 15, 2014
Field Report

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - Istanbul, Turkey: Converging in Istanbul, our flights touched down at the busy Ataturk International Airport from many different parts of the world. Seven different nationalities were brought together for the start of our odyssey around the Black Sea, and a happy buzz filled the opulent Pera Palace Hotel. We enjoyed introductions of our expedition team during dinner, before we all adjourned for a welcome night’s rest, as our exploration...

Circumnavigation of the Black Sea
November 1, 2013
Field Report

Thursday & Friday, September 5 & 6, 2013 - Istanbul, Turkey / Embark Island Sky: Welcome to Istanbul! On arrival at the historic Pera Palace Hotel, some of us opted to unwind in the luxury of this newly renovated landmark. Others chose to relax at a nearby hamman, the ultimate Turkish bath experience, or to set out to explore the city. In the evening we gathered to meet our fellow travelers, some arriving from a pre-extension to Cappadocia in...

Kyoto, Japan
July 1, 2013
Field Report

Monday, May 6, 2013 - Osaka, Honshu, Japan / Kyoto: Upon arriving at Kansai Airport Osaka, we transferred to Kyoto where we checked in to the elegant Kyoto Hotel Okura.

Tuesday, May 7 - Kyoto: Founded in the 8th century, Kyoto was the capital of Japan and the Emperors’ residence for more than one thousand years. Our wonderful guides—Cheikosan, Mineko-san, and Akiko-san, who would be with us throughout our time in Japan—began our tour at the...

Lamanai Ruins, Belize
March 30, 2014
Field Report

Saturday, February 8, 2014 - Belize City, Belize / Lamanai Ruins / Embark Island Sky: Our adventure began with a visit to the beautiful ancient Mayan site of Lamanai. Leaving our hotel early, we headed north toward Orange Walk where we climbed into powerful motorboats for the exciting 24-mile cruise up the New River.

Lamanai, which means ‘submerged crocodile,’ was first settled around 1500 B.C. Once home to over 20,000 people, the cleared and reconstructed...

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