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往世界的尽头飞To The Ends Of The World

世界有没有尽头,也许没人说得上,但我们总喜欢时不时说要往世界的尽头飞,只为了在远离尘嚣的净土寻找一片心灵的平和。 

黄英美(54岁)/摄影师
世界尽头:堪察加半岛(俄罗斯)
为何是堪察加: 堪察加被称为是“最后的边界”,是属于火山和棕熊的国度,也是地球上仅存不受人类文明破坏的地方,在苏联解体之前与外界完全隔绝。
怎么去:我前年8月随一个新加坡摄影团前往堪察加半岛,这个地方几乎与文明隔绝,得乘坐直升机才能到达。
体验:8月是当地的三文鱼产卵季节,成千上万的三文鱼聚集在河的上游产卵然后死去,这也是棕熊大快朵颐的最佳季节,所以也是摄影师捕捉非凡画面的好时候。夜间我们睡在营帐里,棕熊就在营帐外徘徊,那一刻我有种感觉自己就像是被关在笼子里的动物,突然学会了与野生动物互相尊重。这种感觉让世界突然变得美好起来。
收获:都市人得偶尔体验没有人迹的野外生活,才会明白我们的渺小 。

吕彦仪(40岁)/市场总监
世界尽头:玻利维亚(南美洲)的乌尤尼盐沼
为何是玻利维亚:给自己的40岁生日礼物,希望能征服地球更多角落,丰富人生。
怎么去:玻利维亚山长水远,我先在美国洛杉矶和秘鲁利马停留,才续程到玻利维亚。到玻利维亚高原地带拉巴斯的航班时间是早上5时50分,凌晨2时就得到机场,之后才转机到盐沼,沿途得抵御高山症,整个过程很有天涯海角的感觉。
体验:天寒地冻,没有互联网的乌尤尼盐沼确实予我世界尽头的感觉,那是地球上最大的“镜面世界”,在日升月落时刻的沧海桑田感觉尤其让人难忘。
收获:城市人都应该找机会到自己心目中世界的尽头走一趟,对我来说一年至少一次能让我洗涤心灵,重新整顿思维,并从忙碌的都市生活中解放出来。这对长年过重压生活的新加坡人来说尤其重要。

Iroshini Chua(41岁)/医生
世界尽头:南极洲 
为何是南极洲:那是我和丈夫想要探访的第七大洲,也被称为地球上“最后的边界”,所以就去了。
怎么去:我们之前从没尝试过大洋远航,非常担心安全问题,因此出发前做了很多资料收集,最后决定跟随一艘俄罗斯科学探险队船只出发,他们在夏季容许一些乘客跟随。前往南极洲的行程很远,从新加坡经约翰内斯堡、圣保罗、布宜诺斯艾利斯,最后在被称为世界尽头的乌斯怀亚上船。
体验:我们的船上都是世界级科学家,包括鲸鱼研究员、摄影师、自然学家,以及历史学家,与他们在不熟悉的冰世界共处多天大大丰富了我们的知识。我们与外界的唯一联系是通过卫星信号,那种感觉真像是到了天涯尽头。
收获:可以的话,一生至少得到心目中的世界尽头走一趟,一次与专家共赴世界尽头的旅程,让我学习并明白其他生物为了生存而展现的生命力和韧性,也为人类的许多自私行为感到羞愧。

Technically speaking, the Earth has no ends since it is round. Yet people like to talk about travelling to far-flung corners of the world, the further the better. This, perhaps, is our way of seeking respite from the hustle and bustle of daily life. 

Exploring an ice cave in Kamchatka, Russia. (Photo: Rosalynn Tay)

Rosalynn Tay, 54, photographer 

Where: Kamchatka, Russia
Why: Kamchatka is said to be the last frontier, the land of bears and volcanoes. It is one of the few places left on Earth where nature remains almost intact, with pristine fish-spawning rivers and mountain lakes, infinite stretches of forests, unique thermal springs and active geysers, and sublime cones of active volcanoes. More than 300 snow-dusted volcanoes punctuate the rugged terrain, 29 of which are still active. 
It was a military zone closed not only to the world but also to non-resident Russians until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1990. The entire peninsula occupies about 472,300 sq km (the size of Germany, Austria and Switzerland combined) but has a population of only about 320,000 people, half of whom live in the capital, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatka.
How: I went in August 2015 as part of a photography tour. Kamchatka still remains relatively untouched by civilisation as you can get there only by helicopter. 
The experience: August is the peak of the salmon-spawning season, during which the salmon swim upstream in their thousands to spawn in the rivers of their birth and die. This is also when the brown bears hunt and gorge themselves on the fish to gain enough fat to survive the harsh winters. Our primary goal was to see the numerous brown bears feasting during the annual salmon run. It was like National Geographic live.
The most memorable part was knowing that we were one with nature, in the wilderness. We were sleeping in tents and brown bears were roaming freely outside our tents at night. 
The gains: Urbanites should venture into the world’s remote zones once in a while so we realise how tiny we are in the grand scheme of things. More importantly, it gives us the chance to enjoy and appreciate the beauty of nature. 

Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia is the world's largest salt flat. (Photo: Loi Yan Yi)

 

Loi Yan Yi, 40, marketing director of Singapore Wine Vault
Where:
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Why: As I turn 40 this year, and as part of my continuing quest to see more new and exotic places.
How to get there: We went in September. I got Lightfoot Travel to plan the journey but gave input on some of the places I wanted to visit in Bolivia. Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat and looks amazing in pictures, and it has always been on my must-visit list. We landed in Lima, Peru, after taking a break in Los Angeles for a few days before making our way to Bolivia. We were up at 2am as our flight from Lima to La Paz was at 5.50 am. Having to deal with the lack of sleep and the high altitude in La Paz on our first day was definitely a challenge for me.
The experience:  I did feel like I was at the end of the world, as the place was deserted and there was no Wi-Fi. Waking up early to catch the moment when the moon waned as the sun rose was pretty amazing. It was freezing cold but definitely unforgettable.
The gains: Going to remote destinations helps me to clear my mind, realign my thoughts and decompress. I need such a break at least once a year. It is a must especially for those who lead very intense and stressful lives.

Antartica is an utterly remote and unfamiliar world of ice and rock. (Photo: Iroshini Chua)

 

Iroshini Chua, 41, doctor
Where:
Antarctica 
Why: It was the seventh continent my husband and I wanted to visit and we understood it to be the last frontier.
How: We had never been on an ocean voyage, so we did extensive research on the type of vessel we should take and decided on One Ocean Expeditions Akedemik Ioffe, a Russian science vessel that allows tourist passengers on board during summer. We flew from Singapore via Johannesburg to Sao Paolo, and then on to Buenos Aires and embarked on our expedition ship in Ushuaia, which is also known as the end of the Earth.
The experience: Crossing the dreaded Drake Passage was less arduous than we imagined and we avoided two storms. There were like-minded travellers and world-renowned experts on the expedition ship, such whale researchers, photographers, naturalists and historians. That enriched our experience in an utterly remote and unfamiliar world of ice and rock. Our only form of communication with the outside world was via satellite and we felt like we were at the end of the world.
The gains: It’s very important to travel to the remote corners of the Earth as we don’t often see the impact that humans make on this planet. Seeing how our pristine planet and areas are being threatened with destruction will more likely spur us towards conservation in our daily lives.