Meet The Polar Bears!

by | Jun 6, 2022 | Introductions | 0 comments

 

Just like we had committed to Wales last week, a trip postponed over 3 times the past 3 years due to the pandemic must eventually follow through in the world of monsooning. And so we finally will with our voyage to the north on Svalbard, with 17 monsooners — 15 of them being returners — on none other than our old home the m/v Ortelius — the very same ship that took me to Antarctica 8 years ago.

10 of us already come from 3 different yacht week trips we’ve co-led past 8 months, with a grand total of 15 returning if we include 2 separate trips to Egypt and South America!

 

Once again, I introduce the next generation of monsooners:

 

Calvin "O Captain My Captain" Sun - Expedition Leader | NYC | Emergency Physician

 

Gareth “The Guvnor” Johnson - Co-Expedition Leader and Return Monsooner | Xi’an, China | Managing Director of Young Pioneer Tours

 

Jeanette "V8 Engine" Wong - Senior Monsooner: May '22 (Wales), Feb. '22 (Whistler), Jan. '22 (Saint Lucia), Sept. '21 (Sardinia & Corsica), Aug '21 (Balearic Islands), Jun '21 (Cyprus) | NYC | MRI Specialist

 

Sampson "Charging Station" Lau - Returning Monsooner: Feb. '22 (Vancouver), Sept. '21 (Sardinia & Corsica), Aug. '20 (Pacific Coast Highway), Winter '17 (Australia) | Mountain View, CA | Engineer

 

Amanda "Eyes in the Storm" Shillingford - Return Monsooner: Apr. 22 (French Polynesia) | Psychiatry NP | VT

 

Alice "White Nights" Hong - Returning Monsooner: Sept. '21 (Sardinia & Corsica) | NYC | Family Medicine Physician

 

Alicia "Wulidat" Shi - Return Monsooner: Mar. '22 (Egypt) | NYC

 

Karthik "Vegas" S. - Return Monsooner: Nov. '19 (Egypt) | NYC

 

Kimsa N. - Public Health | CA
Mihaela "Compass" K. - Lieutenant, Senior Monsooner: Apr. '22 (French Polynesia), Mar. '22 (Iraq & Jordan), Feb. '22 (Whistler), Oct. '21 (Saudi Arabia), Sept.'21 (Sardinia/Corsica), Jun '21 (Cyprus), Aug. '20 (USA), Dec. '19 (Egypt), Nov. '18 (Armenia), June '18 (The Persian Gulf), Oct. '17 (Slovenia), Aug. '17 (The Balkans), May '17 (Luxembourg), Mar. '17 (Scotland), Jan. '17 (Mongolia & Tibet) | NYC | Cytologist, Mt. Sinai

 

Donna "Spyglass" V. – Senior Monsooner: Sept. '21 (The Tyrrhenian Sea), June '21 (Cyprus), May '19 (Isle of Man & Northern Ireland), Jan '19 (Prague & Budapest), Aug. '18 (Japan), Winter ’18 (Australia & NZ) | Boston, MA | Real Estate & Construction | Wentworth Institute of Technology

 

Alexandra "Venus Flytrap" De Rosa - Previous Monsooner: Nov. '19 (Egypt) | Winter '17 (Australia & New Zealand) | NYC | Research Assistant, Memorial Sloan Kettering

 

Bruce "The Prodigal Son" Zhang - Return Monsooner: Apr. '22 (French Polynesia) | NYC | Medical Scribe

 

Justin "Chief Diving Officer" Chiu - Returning Monsooner: Sept. '21 (Sardinia & Corsica) | NYC

 

Sujay "Fashionably Late" Sheth - Return Monsooner: Feb. '22 (Whistler), Sept. '21 (Sardinia & Corsica) | Radiologist | Chicago

 

Cindy "Ploppity" Cui - Return Monsooner: Apr. '15 (Extreme South America) | NYC

 

Stephen L. - NYC

 

And where we’re actually monsooning through this coming June:

 

Longyearbyen
Svalbard
Pyramiden

 

Want to join us? More details about the trip can be found here.

 

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