As a world travel writer, there are so many places I have yet not had the chance to go to, mainly because of time restraints, and other commitments in life. However, one of the places I would love to travel to is Antarctica. I highly doubt that I would in reality be able to go - unless I really sit down and plan it carefully one day. One determined adventurer, Gabriella Guglielminotti Trivel, an Italian native and an inspiring lady took a personal challenge of going to Antarctica and achieved it in 2008. Gabriella, known as “The Flying Witch” due to her wit and passion for flying, started working in Italy as a tour leader, interpreter and then moved to UK in 1998. She worked in the travel business for several years and then, due to being made redundant from work, she decided to pursue her other passion in life, the human mind and its potential.
She trained in Neuro Linguistic Programming and investigated several alternative therapies like Reiki, Shiatsu, Aura Soma, the De Martini method, Macrobiotics, Do-in, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Hypnotherapy, Time Line Therapy, The Journey, The Work which all gave her a better and holistic understanding of the human being that we all are. In 2008 she joined a group of people going to Antarctica to face their fears and limiting beliefs to test herself and put into action first hand in a dramatic way what she learnt and then pass it on to others. She wrote a book about it where she describes her inner journey while she was down under with penguins, seals and the ice.
Gabriella’s book ‘Antarctic Odyssey – A New Beginning’ keeps the reader engaged throughout. Her artistic and yet descriptive writing style gives the reader a true feel for the potential challenges which she and the rest of the team faced. It’s a journey charged with emotions and physical stress. Throughout the book details her courage to fight the fear of giving up and failure, and how she attacked those challenges head on. Indeed, in her own words the book details that this was no ordinary geographical conquest, however “it felt as if I was a fellow traveller, sharing her experiences’.
It clearly comes across that the author has gone through a lot of physical and physiological distress while on this expedition in one of the toughest parts of this world. One does get the impression that Gabriella is a shining role model for anyone of us who has had to go through a difficult period in our lives, and have found it challenging to fight that period through. I have been privileged to read about and meet many inspiring people in my life journey, and Gabriella is one of them.
Gabriella's book is available here.
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