Bill McDermott, CEO, SAP: Hey Alex, I hope you’re doing terrific and staying safe in Antarctica! What are you seeing out there that we can all be inspired by to help the world run better and improve people’s lives? Thanks for the question, Bill! The stark beauty of the Antarctic seems simple on the surface: cold, … Continue reading Part II: Questions for Ask Alex
“Please make your way to the Mud Room, the Polar Plunge will begin in 15-minutes,” said the voice on the PA system as I blinked my eyes open from a much needed nap. Quite the wakeup call. I rolled out of bed and into my bathing suit, draped my robe around me, and with sleepy … Continue reading The Polar Plunge Pledge
March 8, 2017 I woke up early, hopeful to catch the sunrise and first sightings of an iceberg. There was a thick cloud covering and no signs of the sun, nor signs of land. I took a walk around the ship and up to the bridge where the captain and crew navigate the vessel. I … Continue reading Land Ho, Iceberg, & Penguins Ahead!
Excerpts from March 6–7, 2017 On March 6, we flew from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia where we had 45-minutes to explore the small port town before boarding the ship, Ocean Endeavor, our home away from home for the next 10 days. I’ve never been on a boat for a prolonged period, never a vessel of … Continue reading All Aboard! Surviving the Drake Passage
Today, March 7, I learned about penguins and other wildlife in Antarctica. Each day there are several educational sessions on various topics such as penguins, whales, birds, geography, and more. The penguin presenter, Noah the Bird Nerd–as he introduced himself–spoke about the species of penguins that exist, where they originated, which kind we will see … Continue reading Becoming a Bird Nerd
Traveling to new places, I typically dedicate time to researching the culture, a bit of the history, any must-see places or, more importantly, must-eat foods. For my travel to Buenos Aires, and my first time in South America, I dedicated zero time seeking information and my baseline knowledge was little to none. This led to … Continue reading What Never to Say While in Argentina
I was lucky to have the last contact with Alex before she set off and below are the burning questions I asked her: Hi, Ask Alex! I think it’s amazing what you’re doing and I know all of us at SAP are looking forward to the stories you will be sharing with us while you’re … Continue reading Questions for Ask Alex