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Crazy COVID Stories of 2020, Trapped in Antartica for Weeks

Updated: Feb 19

The blog adventure with photos at above link. Thanks finally to Uruguay for allowing the passengers to disembark.

Imagine sailing the pristine waters of Antarctica, surrounded by towering glaciers and majestic icebergs, on a once-in-a-lifetime 11-day cruise. Fatima AlMattar, a Kuwaiti globetrotter and content creator, embarked on this extraordinary journey with high spirits and a sense of adventure.

As her ship set sail from the enchanting port of Ushuaia, Argentina, on March 9th, the world seemed like a familiar place. But little did Fatima know, a storm was brewing beyond the horizon. As she ventured deeper into the icy wilderness of Antarctica, she disconnected from the outside world, losing phone signal for an unprecedented 7 days. During this digital detox, Fatima marveled at the breathtaking beauty of the Antarctic landscape, completely unaware of the chaos unfolding elsewhere.

When she finally regained internet access, Fatima was met with a shock: the world had changed dramatically in her absence. The COVID-19 pandemic had swept across the globe, transforming bustling cities into ghost towns and disrupting travel on an unprecedented scale.

To her dismay, the Argentinian government refused permission for their ship to dock back in Argentina, fearing the spread of the virus. Fatima and her fellow passengers found themselves stranded in the remote wilderness of Antarctica, facing an uncertain future.

But Fatima is not one to be deterred by challenges. With determination and resourcefulness, she and her companions charted a new course. Their ship was rerouted to Montevideo, Uruguay, where they hastily disembarked and boarded a flight to Los Angeles. The clock was ticking, as Kuwait's airport had closed its doors, leaving them with no choice but to find an alternative route home.

The journey from Uruguay to Los Angeles was fraught with uncertainty and anxiety. Amidst the chaos of the pandemic, airports were deserted, flights were scarce, and travel restrictions were constantly changing. But Fatima remained resilient, drawing strength from the camaraderie of her fellow travelers and the unwavering hope of returning home.

Finally, after navigating through a labyrinth of challenges and obstacles, Fatima touched down on Kuwaiti soil. Her journey, though fraught with uncertainty and adversity, had transformed her into a storyteller with a tale to rival the greatest adventures of all time.

And as she reflects on her epic odyssey from the frozen wilderness of Antarctica to the warmth of her homeland, Fatima knows one thing for certain: no matter how far she roams, there's no place like home.

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