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Antarctica 2010 - Day 3

Monday, January 25, 2010 13:07

Greetings from Ushuaia, Fin del Mundo (end of the world)

We arrived today from Buenos Aires flying in over beautiful snow capped mountains and then circling over the Beagle Channel to finally land in Ushuaia, our final destination before we board ship tomorrow for our voyage.


The weather is nice. We've left the high temperatures and strong sunshine of Buenos Aires behind and now we have some broken sunshine with temperatures of about 15 degrees.


Ushuaia has a real frontier town feel about it with all sorts of people coming and going. This is the staging post for marine traffic travelling to Antarctica. There are a variety of vessels here from the small expedition cruise vessels that we will be travelling on to supply vessels that ply the waters around South America as well as Antarctica.


Around town there is a buzz of activity with people either finishing cruises and spending there last hours in town or people just arriving and picking up there last bits and pieces before departing south. It's peak season now for voyages south so lots going on.


Our ship has not arrived back yet but will dock sometime early tomorrow morning to resupply and pick us up. Two of the other ships I use, the Professor Molchanov and Multanovskiy are in port and will leave this evening to begin their voyages.


Everyone is starting to get excited now as there time to board draws closer. Conversations now turn to Antarctica...what will the Drake Passage be like...time will tell. We sail tomorrow at approx 9pm GMT.


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