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译文:去南极洲和企鹅一块儿野营

译者:lethe翻跟斗  所属联盟:英语译者联盟  时间:2013-09-28
因为南极洲的温度长期低于零度,且其为袅无人烟的冰川地形,所以它往往不被视为一种良好的语言环境。然而,“白沙漠”旅行社决心改变这种情况。经过一年的考察,他们准备好了高档而设施完善的营地。旅行社为几百名旅客提供了一次机会,让他们在既能享受家的舒适,又能体验冰川大陆内部地带的生活白沙漠的创始人帕特里克•伍德海德,曾于2002年领队由东至西横穿南极洲。在当时多次远征途中,他就设想过这样的一种营地。有一次,当他和他的同伴在严寒中等待暴风雪时,他们不禁幻想起一个更具包容性的极地探险,奢华的交通和住宿条件兼备。现在,只要旅客在南极大陆的晚春和夏季( 11月和12月)预订旅程或组团项目, 就可以体验这个梦想。旅行自开普敦开始,经过五小时的私人飞行抵达一条冰跑道。它建于一座五十米高的瀑布之上,座落于南极洲东部毛德皇后地区。随后客人便可以在生态友好的Whichaway的营地得到舒适的体验。这营地完全靠太阳能和风力发电。帐篷区包括一个生活区,配有中央暖炉,毛皮地毯,图书馆以及向维多利亚早期探险家致敬的南极地图。六个供睡觉用的吊舱由玻璃纤维制成,其面板既能抵御南极洲那臭名昭著的强风,又能使室内保持安静和温暖。每个吊舱直径达6米--包括一张双人床,一个书桌和一间私人浴室。一位专业的南非厨师负责准备形式各异的餐食:先是全套英式早餐,随后清淡的午餐,最后是精心制作的含三道主菜的晚餐,包括烤牛排,配以芥末的鲑鱼和大量香槟。待在营地时,旅客可以参与各种各样的活动,包括冰洞探索,科普基地参观,风筝式滑雪或帝企鹅栖息地观光。帝企鹅栖息地有超过6000只不会飞的鸟,观光客可以看到他们筑巢及抚养幼鸟的过程。旅行社曾承诺对环境不造成影响,于是整个营地在旅游季结束后都会拆除,不会给巨大的冰川景观留下一点人为痕迹。实用性:历经8至10天的旅行团只能容纳12人,所以感兴趣的客人得尽快占位。每人的旅行成本从18000欧元到57000欧元不等,这取决于旅途的时长和参与的活动。尽管白沙漠旅行社在行前会提供购买清单,但客人必须自己准备极地所需的服装。
   
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原文:Camp with penguins in Antarctica

发现者:lylillian  来源: 发布时间:2013-09-27 类型:转载
White Desert sleeping pod Antactica

With its constant sub-zero temperatures and uninhabited glacier terrain, Antarctica is not usually thought of as a luxury locale. But tour operator White Desert is determined to change that. Offering a few expeditions a year to their upscale, well-furnished camp, the group affords a few hundred travellers the chance to experience the inner part of the icy continent with (almost) all the comforts of home.

White Desert founder Patrick Woodhead, who led the very first east-to-west traverse of Antarctica in 2002, envisioned the camp on one of his many expeditions. While waiting out a storm in the bitter cold, he and his fellow travellers imagined a more inclusive polar experience complete with luxury transportation and accommodation.

Today travellers get to experience that dream when they book one of the bespoke itineraries or organised trips that are offered during the continent’s late spring and summer (November and December). The trips all start with a five-hour private flight from Cape Town to an ice runway perched atop a 50m-tall frozen waterfall located within the Dronning Maud Land region in eastern Antarctica.

Guests then get cosy at the eco-friendly Whichaway camp, which is completely solar- and wind-powered. The tented refuge includes a living area furnished with a central warming stove, fur rugs, a library and maps of the South Pole in tribute to early Victorian explorers. Six sleeping pods are made of fibreglass panels that resist Antarctica’s notoriously strong winds and keep the interior quiet and warm. The pods – measuring 6m in diameter – include a double bed, a writing desk and a private bathroom.

Meals are also served in style, prepared by a professional South African chef. A full English breakfast is followed by a light lunch, with all the stops pulled out for a three-course dinner, which might include barbequed steak, salmon served with wasabi and plenty of Champagne.

While at the camp, guests can participate in a variety of activities, including exploring ice caves, visiting a nearby science base, kite-skiing or touring a colony of Emperor penguins, where more than 6,000 of the flightless birds nest and raise their chicks.

As part of its commitment to have zero environmental impact, the entire camp is dismantled at the end of each season, leaving behind no trace of human touch among the vast glacier landscape.

Practicalities
Book online at white-desert.com. The eight- to 10-day tours only accommodate 12 people, so spots fill up quickly. Per person cost ranges from 18,000 euros to 57,000 euros depending on the length of the tour and the activities involved. Guests must provide their own polar-ready clothing, though White Desert does offer items for purchase before the trip.


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