As a elementary school student I developed an affection towards Antartica which grew into the dream to visit, and maybe live there. Looking back upon those days I believe that there were two reasons.
In grade school, Antartica seemed to be a forgotten land. When asked to receite the 7 continents, my fellow grade schoolers would most often fail to remember Antartica, and when the teacher corrected them, they frequently shrugged it off - It's only Antartica, It's not like anyone lives there. "But I will", I hoped.
The second reason I wished Antartica was a part of my life was it's spacial ambiguity. It always seemed to change size and shape depending upon what map you were looking at. This was, and still is, magical.
How to Fulfill the Dream
While in the Army I got really excited finding out that there was an Antartica Service Medal. The Army helped me reach many of my childhood goals as you will see in future posts, but visiting Antartica was not one of them. So now how does one get to Antartica? I didn't study Biology and the impression I get is that only scientists live there. This could work in my favor then, as I can't imagine there would be a lot of competition for artists to live there. maybe they have an artist in residence program? I shall look into this!