By Gavin Francis

*WINNER OF THE SCOTISH ebook OF THE 12 months AWARD 2013*

Gavin Francis fulfilled a lifetime's ambition while he spent fourteen months because the base-camp health practitioner at Halley, a profoundly remoted British study station at the Caird Coast of Antarctica. So distant, it really is acknowledged to be more straightforward to evacuate a casualty from the overseas house Station than it's to deliver a person out of Halley in winter.

Antarctica provided a yr of unprecedented silence and solitude, with few distractions and extremely little human historical past, but in addition an extraordinary oppurtunity to reside between emperor penguins, the single species actually at domestic within the Antarctic. Following the penguins all year long -- from a summer season of perpetual sunshine to months of iciness darkness -- Gavin Francis explores a global of serious good looks conjured from the best parts, the hassle of dwelling at 50C under 0 and the unforeseen convenience that the penguin neighborhood bring.

Empire Antarctica is the tale of 1 guy and his fascination with the world's loneliest continent, in addition to the emperor penguins who climate the wintry weather with him. Combining an evocative narrative with an elegant sensitivity to the flora and fauna, this is often go back and forth writing at its very best.

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If you’re headed for a jazz or blues club, allow for a cover charge plus drinks (perhaps with a minimum drink requirement). However, some lively neighborhood bars serve reasonably priced drinks (see Chapter 16). And some entertainment won’t cost you a dime, such as noontime “Under the Picasso” concerts at Daley Plaza, and free movies at the Chicago Cultural Center (on South Michigan Avenue just north of the Art Institute of Chicago) and Oriental Institute Museum in suburban Hyde Park. In the summer, most music festivals in Grant Park are free, and the people-watching alone can keep you entertained all night long.

Com), based at the Petrillo Music Shell, at Jackson Drive and Columbus Drive in Grant Park, is the largest outdoor, free-admission event of its kind. Blues may be the city’s more famous musical export, but Chicago is also the birthplace of gospel music: Thomas Dorsey, the “father of gospel music,” and the greatest gospel singer ever, Mahalia Jackson, were Southsiders. This three-day festival offers music on three stages with more than 40 performances. Early June. com/extras/ printersrow), one of the nation’s largest free outdoor book fairs, which is located on Dearborn Street between Polk and Congress.

For ways to trim your budget, see “Cutting Costs — But Not the Fun” at the end of this chapter. Shopping This category is, of course, highly flexible. Budgeting often involves at least one four-letter word: sale. Check the daily newspapers, such as the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times (especially the Sunday editions), for announcements. To be sure of hitting the city’s most spectacular sales, plan to visit in January. And when it comes to Chicago souvenirs, why not be creative? Instead of bringing home overpriced Chicago Cubs jerseys from the souvenir store, you can buy something unique, such as a package of money from your free tour of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

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