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Antarctica Did That For Me

Antarctica Did That For Me

Author: Keri Nelson and Cassa Grant

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Welcome to Antarctica Did That For Me. We're a podcast for everyday people with a little adventure in their hearts.

We're Keri Nelson and Cassa Grant, two long-time Antarctica veterans who have spent huge chunks of our lives living and working in Antarctica.

The lessons we learned about life while exploring Antarctica can help on your journey to finding the ticket to your own adventures, both far away and close to home.

Welcome to a journey that changed our lives. We hope it will change yours, too.
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From bagpipes to jello to cedar shingles… in this episode of Antarctica Did That For Me, we (your hosts Keri Nelson and Cassa Grant)  discuss the weirdest things that we and other Antarcticans have brought to the ice.  People bring a variety of items to Antarctica to make their stay more comfortable and enjoyable. We’ve categorized them into themes- here’s a sneak peek: "The winner of this category was not just one, not two, but THIRTY Santa suits." What do all these objects have in common? They might be funny or interesting, but they really highlight the creativity and uniqueness of the community that travels to and works in Antarctica.  The items brought to Antarctica reflect the individual personalities and interests of the Antarcticans, creating a unique and vibrant community on the ice. And WHY do people bring these kinds of items? Comfort? Boredom? Aspiration? We have a few theories… Which of us will say, "I always had my silver cape."? You’ll have to listen to find out… Liked this show? PLEASE LEAVE US A REVIEW! Reviews help folks who might be interested find out about us. ⁠You can get our free quick start guide to apply to jobs in Antarctica here!⁠ Follow us: Instagram: https://bit.ly/ADTFMIG Facebook: https://bit.ly/ADTFMFB LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/ADTFMLI TikTok: https://bit.ly/ADTFMTT Website: https://bit.ly/ADTFM Follow Keri at Simply Antarctica: TikTok: https://bit.ly/SimplyAntarcticaTT Instagram: https://bit.ly/SimplyAntarcticaIG Facebook: https://bit.ly/SimplyAntarcticaFB Follow Cassa: LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/CassaGrantLI Instagram: https://bit.ly/CassaGrantIG Website: https://bit.ly/cassagrant
Five months of total darkness… the same people day in and day out… no fresh food for six months…  Antarctic winters are no joke. But one of the scariest things about signing up to spend a winter in Antarctica is considering what it might do to your mental health. In this episode of Antarctica Did That For Me, we (your hosts Keri Nelson and Cassa Grant) discuss how we personally managed our mental health during the winters we spent in Antarctica.  We’ll share our thoughts and experiences going into our first winters, the challenges we faced, and the strategies we used to stay mentally healthy as we could.  Liked this show? PLEASE LEAVE US A REVIEW! Reviews help folks who might be interested find out about us. ⁠You can get our free quick start guide to apply to jobs in Antarctica here!⁠ Follow us: Instagram: https://bit.ly/ADTFMIG Facebook: https://bit.ly/ADTFMFB LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/ADTFMLI TikTok: https://bit.ly/ADTFMTT Website: https://bit.ly/ADTFM Follow Keri at Simply Antarctica: TikTok: https://bit.ly/SimplyAntarcticaTT Instagram: https://bit.ly/SimplyAntarcticaIG Facebook: https://bit.ly/SimplyAntarcticaFB Follow Cassa: LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/CassaGrantLI Instagram: https://bit.ly/CassaGrantIG Website: https://bit.ly/cassagrant
If you've heard that lyric "signs signs, everywhere there's signs", that's no less true for the 7th continent. You can get away from the world when you work in Antarctica, but you can't get away from signs. Antarctica's vibrant sign culture includes official signs, instructional signs, community signs and more, creating a cacophony of words and instructions for Antarctica residents. In this episode of Antarctica Did That For Me, we (your hosts, Keri Nelson and Cassa Grant) discuss the sign culture in Antarctica, where signs teach us, admonish us and entertain us. They play a crucial role in our temporary community as they lay out rules and regulations, and community-generated signs let the creativity and humor of Antarctican residents shine. Meanwhile, Keri and Cassa are looking for metaphysical signs in their lives all the time - are you? Join us as we reflect on the importance of paying attention to signs in life and following our intuition as we all try to create lives that we love. Liked this show? PLEASE LEAVE US A REVIEW! Reviews help folks who might be interested find out about us. ⁠You can get our free quick start guide to apply to jobs in Antarctica here!⁠ Follow us: Instagram: https://bit.ly/ADTFMIG Facebook: https://bit.ly/ADTFMFB LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/ADTFMLI TikTok: https://bit.ly/ADTFMTT Website: https://bit.ly/ADTFM Follow Keri at Simply Antarctica: TikTok: https://bit.ly/SimplyAntarcticaTT Instagram: https://bit.ly/SimplyAntarcticaIG Facebook: https://bit.ly/SimplyAntarcticaFB Follow Cassa: LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/CassaGrantLI Instagram: https://bit.ly/CassaGrantIG Website: https://bit.ly/cassagrant
What EXACTLY is going on in Antarctica, anyway? Why are we humans down there, and what are we actually doing? These are huge questions that we’ll answer throughout episodes of Antarctica Did That For Me, but in this episode, you'll get a overview of what’s shakin’ in Antarctica. In this episode, we provide an overview of Antarctica, including the Antarctic Treaty and the purpose of scientific research in the region. We discuss surprising science projects happening in Antarctica, such as the IceCube project and research on volcanoes.  Then, we delve into life at McMurdo Station, the continent's largest base, covering topics like housing, food, and recreation. We also explore the operations and logistics involved in supporting the station, including transportation, supplies, and waste management.  Liked this show? PLEASE LEAVE US A REVIEW! Reviews help folks who might be interested find out about us. ⁠You can get our free quick start guide to apply to jobs in Antarctica here!⁠ Follow us: Instagram: https://bit.ly/ADTFMIG Facebook: https://bit.ly/ADTFMFB LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/ADTFMLI TikTok: https://bit.ly/ADTFMTT Website: https://bit.ly/ADTFM Follow Keri at Simply Antarctica: TikTok: https://bit.ly/SimplyAntarcticaTT Instagram: https://bit.ly/SimplyAntarcticaIG Facebook: https://bit.ly/SimplyAntarcticaFB Follow Cassa: LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/CassaGrantLI Instagram: https://bit.ly/CassaGrantIG Website: https://bit.ly/cassagrant
Have you ever thought you knew what an experience was going to bring, and then turned out to be WAY off? Going to Antarctica for the first time, there were things we both thought we “knew” about what to expect… but we never expected the unique skills we’d build from being “on ice.” In this episode, we (your hosts, Keri Nelson and Cassa Grant) discuss the unexpected skills and knowledge we gained while working in Antarctica.  These skills varied from the wacky things we didn't expect to do, like learning to play music and handling penguins for research… to driving unique vehicles like Ivan the Terra Bus and Zodiacs, understanding weather patterns, and observing marine mammals.  We’ve found that skills acquired in Antarctica can be valuable in other contexts, like project management, communication, and persuasion, which are all critical skills in a remote environment like Antarctica. What unexpected skills have YOU built over the years? And how do they help you today? This episode is a chance for you to see your progress and appreciate how far you’ve come. Follow us: Instagram:⁠ https://bit.ly/ADTFMIG⁠ Facebook:⁠ https://bit.ly/ADTFMFB⁠ LinkedIn:⁠ https://bit.ly/ADTFMLI⁠ TikTok:⁠ https://bit.ly/ADTFMTT⁠ Watch the episodes on Youtube - ⁠ https://bit.ly/ADTFMYT⁠ Follow Keri at Simply Antarctica: TikTok: ⁠https://bit.ly/SimplyAntarcticaTT⁠ Instagram: ⁠https://bit.ly/SimplyAntarcticaIG⁠ Facebook: ⁠https://bit.ly/SimplyAntarcticaFB⁠ Follow Cassa: LinkedIn: ⁠https://bit.ly/CassaGrantLI⁠ Instagram: ⁠https://bit.ly/CassaGrantIG
This Spring, across the United States, sungazers turned to the sky for an event that would last for a mere 4 minutes - the 2024 solar eclipse. What makes us raise our eyes to the sky? It's something we're used to in Antarctica, as there are unique phenomena on the 7th continent that can only be seen in polar regions. In this episode, we (your hosts Keri Nelson and Cassa Grant) discuss our fascination as humans gazing into the sky. We'll talk about auroras, nacreous clouds, and the unique rotation of the sun and moon at the South Pole, that helped us form a profound connection to Antarctica and created impactful memories of our time there. Taking time to look up and appreciate celestial beauty helps us change in perspective and embrace our sense of awe. Join us as things look up - this week on Antarctica Did That For Me.
What can Taylor Swift fans teach us about Flat Earthers, and how can Swifties show us the way to a new, adventurous life? Antarctica veterans Keri Nelson and Cassa Grant talk about opening your heart and finding ways to connect with what it wants to find. Episode 8 of Antarctica Did That For Me brings together a few topics that might seem disconnected, but that we’re fascinated with- we connect the power of Taylor Swift and her fans, the Swifties, with the dialogue around flat earth and Antarctica.  This episode explores the theme of genuine discourse and the loss of it in today's culture. It’s all about openness, acceptance, and engaging respectfully. Follow us: Instagram: https://bit.ly/ADTFMIG Facebook: https://bit.ly/ADTFMFB LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/ADTFMLI TikTok: https://bit.ly/ADTFMTT Watch the episodes on Youtube -  https://bit.ly/ADTFMYT Follow Keri at Simply Antarctica: TikTok: https://bit.ly/SimplyAntarcticaTT Instagram: https://bit.ly/SimplyAntarcticaIG Facebook: https://bit.ly/SimplyAntarcticaFB Follow Cassa: LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/CassaGrantLI Instagram: https://bit.ly/CassaGrantIG
Social media shapes our world, and Antarctica is no exception. In Episode 7 of Antarctica Did That For Me, we discuss the changing landscape of social media and its impact on how people perceive the world, including Antarctica.  We explore the role of platforms in shaping the way people connect and share information, as well as building genuine communities. We dig into the challenges of overcoming imposter syndrome and finding the courage to create and share content.  Liked this show? PLEASE LEAVE US A REVIEW! Reviews help folks who might be interested find out about us. ⁠You can get our free quick start guide to apply to jobs in Antarctica here!⁠ Follow us: Instagram: https://bit.ly/ADTFMIG Facebook: https://bit.ly/ADTFMFB LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/ADTFMLI TikTok: https://bit.ly/ADTFMTT Website: https://bit.ly/ADTFM Follow Keri at Simply Antarctica: TikTok: https://bit.ly/SimplyAntarcticaTT Instagram: https://bit.ly/SimplyAntarcticaIG Facebook: https://bit.ly/SimplyAntarcticaFB Follow Cassa: LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/CassaGrantLI Instagram: https://bit.ly/CassaGrantIG Website: https://bit.ly/cassagrant
We love Antarctica, or we wouldn’t have kept going back year after year. But there are aspects of being there and working there that, well, sucked.  In this episode, we dig into the challenges and drawbacks of living and working in Antarctica. The extreme cold and harsh weather conditions can be physically challenging, of course, but they weren’t the only challenges we met. Improving the sucky things in Antarctica requires awareness, open communication, and a commitment to creating a better environment. Some of the challenges can be improved upon, and others (like the conditions) are simply part of the experience, which is also what makes it special. Because there are so many MORE things that we LOVE about Antarctica… understanding what’s hard about being “on the ice” helps us make it better. Liked this show? PLEASE LEAVE US A REVIEW! Reviews help folks who might be interested find out about us. ⁠You can get our free quick start guide to apply to jobs in Antarctica here!⁠ Follow us: Instagram: https://bit.ly/ADTFMIG Facebook: https://bit.ly/ADTFMFB LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/ADTFMLI TikTok: https://bit.ly/ADTFMTT Website: https://bit.ly/ADTFM Follow Keri at Simply Antarctica: TikTok: https://bit.ly/SimplyAntarcticaTT Instagram: https://bit.ly/SimplyAntarcticaIG Facebook: https://bit.ly/SimplyAntarcticaFB Follow Cassa: LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/CassaGrantLI Instagram: https://bit.ly/CassaGrantIG Website: https://bit.ly/cassagrant
What's the deal with this podcast? Well... we're going to spend some time exploring the lessons we learned in Antarctica and how they can be applied to create adventure and belonging in everyday life. This could be through reinvention, building relationships, and finding your own Antarctica, wherever that may be. Our goal: connect with people who are looking for more in life and want to make a positive impact in the world. We're a podcast for everyday people with a little adventure in their hearts. Liked this show? PLEASE LEAVE US A REVIEW! Reviews help folks who might be interested find out about us. ⁠You can get our free quick start guide to apply to jobs in Antarctica here!⁠ Follow us: Instagram: https://bit.ly/ADTFMIG Facebook: https://bit.ly/ADTFMFB LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/ADTFMLI TikTok: https://bit.ly/ADTFMTT Website: https://bit.ly/ADTFM Follow Keri at Simply Antarctica: TikTok: https://bit.ly/SimplyAntarcticaTT Instagram: https://bit.ly/SimplyAntarcticaIG Facebook: https://bit.ly/SimplyAntarcticaFB Follow Cassa: LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/CassaGrantLI Instagram: https://bit.ly/CassaGrantIG Website: https://bit.ly/cassagrant
Antarctica needs plumbers. And drivers. And janitors. And builders. In this episode, we discuss our personal experiences working in Antarctica. We go into our first jobs in the continent, including being a janitor and a shuttle driver.  Daily life in Antarctica can be challenging because of the harsh environment and limited resources, and different stations in Antarctica have unique experiences and job responsibilities. We also talk about a fun social hub that you might not expect… ⁠You can get our free quick start guide to apply to jobs in Antarctica here!⁠ Follow us: Instagram: https://bit.ly/ADTFMIG Facebook: https://bit.ly/ADTFMFB LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/ADTFMLI TikTok: https://bit.ly/ADTFMTT Website: https://bit.ly/ADTFM Follow Keri at Simply Antarctica: TikTok: https://bit.ly/SimplyAntarcticaTT Instagram: https://bit.ly/SimplyAntarcticaIG Facebook: https://bit.ly/SimplyAntarcticaFB Follow Cassa: LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/CassaGrantLI Instagram: https://bit.ly/CassaGrantIG Website: https://bit.ly/cassagrant
“Antarctica did that for me… it changed the way I think.”- Cassa In this episode, we discuss the surprising things that Antarcticans do differently. We'll explore the mindset and qualities that set Antarcticans apart, like saying yes to new opportunities, being willing to be uncomfortable, and the ability to pivot and improvise.  We also highlight the importance of showing up for novel things and prioritizing safety. Antarcticans come from diverse backgrounds and personalities, but what makes them different is their willingness to embrace new experiences.  Where can you step out of your comfort zone and say yes to something new? ⁠⁠You can get our free quick start guide to apply to jobs in Antarctica here!⁠ Follow us: Instagram: https://bit.ly/ADTFMIG Facebook: https://bit.ly/ADTFMFB LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/ADTFMLI TikTok: https://bit.ly/ADTFMTT Website: https://bit.ly/ADTFM Follow Keri at Simply Antarctica: TikTok: https://bit.ly/SimplyAntarcticaTT Instagram: https://bit.ly/SimplyAntarcticaIG Facebook: https://bit.ly/SimplyAntarcticaFB Follow Cassa: LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/CassaGrantLI Instagram: https://bit.ly/CassaGrantIG Website: https://bit.ly/cassagrant
The Ultimate World Cruise offers guests 9 whole months of vacation - and 9 whole months of being stuck in one floating building with the same people, same food and same routine. What do the Antarcticans say? "Been there, done that." Join us as we explore the dynamics of living in close quarters, including complaints, roommate dynamics, and the formation of social hierarchies.  We discuss the role of reality TV and the fascination with watching human interactions, our winter experiences of unique social gatherings and the creativity that arises in a closed community, and a reflection on shaping our communities and ourselves. ⁠⁠You can get our free quick start guide to apply to jobs in Antarctica here!⁠ Follow us: Instagram: https://bit.ly/ADTFMIG Facebook: https://bit.ly/ADTFMFB LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/ADTFMLI TikTok: https://bit.ly/ADTFMTT Website: https://bit.ly/ADTFM Follow Keri at Simply Antarctica: TikTok: https://bit.ly/SimplyAntarcticaTT Instagram: https://bit.ly/SimplyAntarcticaIG Facebook: https://bit.ly/SimplyAntarcticaFB Follow Cassa: LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/CassaGrantLI Instagram: https://bit.ly/CassaGrantIG Website: https://bit.ly/cassagrant
If you wanted to visit Antarctica, how would you get there? It's a top question posed to us, longtime Antarcticans Keri Nelson and Cassa Grant. We break down some ways you could see the Seventh Continent, and get inspired for your own life's adventure. In this episode, we go over how to get to Antarctica and the different ways to experience the continent.  You’ll hear some of our personal journeys…  how we ended up in Antarctica and the initial skepticism one of us had. We also talk about the various job opportunities available in Antarctica and the growing tourism industry, with an emphasis on the importance of ethical and sustainable visits to Antarctica. ⁠You can get our free quick start guide to apply to jobs in Antarctica here!⁠ Follow us: Instagram: https://bit.ly/ADTFMIG Facebook: https://bit.ly/ADTFMFB LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/ADTFMLI TikTok: https://bit.ly/ADTFMTT Website: https://bit.ly/ADTFM Follow Keri at Simply Antarctica: TikTok: https://bit.ly/SimplyAntarcticaTT Instagram: https://bit.ly/SimplyAntarcticaIG Facebook: https://bit.ly/SimplyAntarcticaFB Follow Cassa: LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/CassaGrantLI Instagram: https://bit.ly/CassaGrantIG Website: https://bit.ly/cassagrant
Antarcticans Keri Nelson and Cassa Grant talk about finding ways to live adventurous lives, and how listeners can learn to find their own lives of adventure. (Video Version) Welcome to the first episode of 'Antarctica Did That For Me,'  In this podcast, we’ll explore how one cool continent can light a fire… We’re your hosts, Keri Nelson and Cassa Grant, and we are delighted to have you join us. We’re old friends who met in Antarctica, and have spent years of our lives living and working there.  The lessons we learned about life in Antarctica can help you start you on your journey to finding your own adventures, both far away and close to home. Understanding life at the end of the world can help you open your imagination, stir your heart, and start you on your journey to finding your own adventures… What makes you feel alive in your life right now? Antarctica did that for us. In this first episode, we discuss the power of adventure and how it can push you to grow and discover new things about yourself. Adventure is not outside of you! Adventure can push you to grow and discover new things about yourself. Adventure is not limited to extreme activities and can be found in everyday life. Connecting with like-minded folks who embrace adventure can provide support and encouragement. Paying attention to moments of excitement and curiosity can lead to a more fulfilling life.
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Dylan Roan

Loving it.

Apr 17th
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