1st Jan 2017 - Adventure in Antarctica
Sea Day: Starting the journey north again.
Being that today is a full day at sea, Brian paid for the internet and allowed me to be his second device on the plan. We then spent the majority of the day on deck 5 blogging, editing photographs, and communicating with loved ones online. Therefore, this will be a very short entry, but it is also a great chance to catch up on some missed observations.
1. People on the boat like to sit around and take photos of other people's photos. During lecture presentations of places we will visit, people hold up their cameras to take photos to later pass off as their own. There is a photo display on the one TV in the lounge of deck 5 and one lady sat there for 2 days straight to steal every photo. I am not sure why you would want someone else's experience to be passed as your own...especially since we have had spectacular weather and animal encounters.
What to Pack for an Antarctic Cruise with Landings
I may have mentioned this before. My apologies if the following is a repeat. Announcements are done here in English and German. I just love the excursion announcement lady and her accent. The German speaking people are put in the penguin groups, but it is always pronounced "Pinguinie" like linguine. I also love how she pronounces crabeater seal in English. Lastly, I told Fritz that they should make the German people seals because they are "Sea Hund" and it would be awesome to hear that paged regularly throughout the cruise.
Back to the day.
While we sat on deck, Brian was praying for his rough seas. He dreamed of surviving a rough Drake Passage. Yet, during the whole voyage we have had phenomenal weather and calm waters. I was also there praying for a breeching whale. We feared that these final two wishes would not happen this trip. We can't complain though, as we have been incredibly fortunate. The lack of rough seas actually allowed us to get closer to the Falklands and we might now get to see the King penguins!!! (Three exclamation marks to show how excited I am...don't tell my students)
This morning they offered a visit to the Bridge to learn about how to manoeuvre a ship of this size. It was really interesting to see. I was most fascinated by the chairs that have a groove on which they slide along the console and be locked into position during rough waters. I never really watched Star Trek, but it reminded me of that show.
All day long the crew offered lectures and movies. Mom and dad attended almost every one and even managed to stay awake. Dad learned all about the Falkland Islands history (let's be honest he already knew it and was fact checking) and movies on Antarctica.
For dinner tonight, we had a lovely cut of reindeer. Delicious. I have had a variety of reindeer dishes this trip and I think I have forgotten to mention it before now.
We went to bed relatively early again tonight in anticipation of our 8 hour King penguin trip tomorrow.
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