24.12.2006 - 24.12.2006
Two entries in three days...can you believe it?! Today we anchored in Concepcion, Chile just for the day, and we are now on our way to Valdivia for Christmas. We had some problems upon arrival in Conception; although we had scheduled our visit months ago, the Chilean authorities weren't sure they wanted to let anyone ashore. They finally did, so some of the residents were able to explore; I however hung out with the new children for the morning and then helped out at Marina Day. The air and water temperatures are both pretty chilly, so it was a fairly slow day. Not too many people kayaking or touring on the zodiacs (small, inflatable, motorized boats). There was however a group of sea lions basking on a nearby buoy, and I had a chance to travel in the zodiac to see them. Some of the males were unbelievably huge! They were all huddled together, biting and pushing and sunning themselves. What magnificent animals! A friend took some pictures, so hopefully I will be able to pass those along at some point.
Tonight the crew is putting on the annual Christmas show for guests and residents. Those of you who know me well may find it hard to believe that I am actually in the choir! Good lord. It's fun though and adds a bit of Christmas spirit to the atmosphere of the ship. We're also having a Scandinavian Christmas dinner tonight(makes me think of our solstice dinner, Mom). The piano player is playing Christmas music as I type, the sun is shining outside, and there's no snow to be found (no real evergreens, either). It must be Christmas Eve....Merry Christmas.