NEW CASTLE —
The world has been Adam Pivovar’s playpen for almost a century.
Pivovar has seen and done things that most Americans can only see in their dreams or on the National Geographic Channel.
But even as his eyesight diminishes from macular degeneration, the 96-year-old South New Castle Borough man isn’t ready to alter a lifestyle that has taken him to the far corners of the earth.
From the dense jungles and intense heat of Borneo to sub-zero conditions of Alaska and Siberia, weather conditions have never been an obstacle in choosing a destination.
Facing challenges that would be demanding for someone half his age, the adventurous Pivovar remains enthusiastic in his quest for knowledge.
He has stood beside the great Pyramids in Egypt, walked along China’s Great Wall, viewed Buddhist temples in Mongolia, photographed Komodo dragons from just a few feet away in Borneo, visited a village in Greenland that wasn’t discovered until 1900 and observed the Terracotta Warriors — the largest pottery figurine group ever found in China, unearthed by archaeologists in 1974.
WHERE HE’S BEEN
Pivovar traveled through 13 time zones during his Borneo visit in 2012. He has been to Poland — the land of his parents — 13 times and Mexico City on 14 occasions. In between, there were journeys to Russia, Finland, Germany, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Panama, Portugal, Quebec, Mongolia and the Gobi Desert.
Along the way, he has spoken with peoples from different cultures, races and religions, taking pictures of and with them. He’s used one of his many talents to make balloon animals for children throughout the world.
“Every place is different and has its own charm,” Pivovar said.
One of the “charms” of Borneo was sleeping in a hut built on stilts to protect Pivovar and his guide from Borneo’s boa constrictors. In North Borneo, Pivovar made his way to three small islands, traveling by small boat.
Even more amazing is that Pivovar, whose second wife, Josephine, passed away in 2005, almost always travels alone.