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I can't handle anymore beef!


Although my duties on board have decreased substantially with our departure from Antarctica and the absence of children, I have somehow managed to stay busy enough that I have failed to update you all on Buenos Aires. In reality, I have not been too busy to write, but I have been too tired, and my brain has been in a perpetual state of something approaching mush after too many late nights (rather, early mornings) in this lovely city. I also ingested more protein within the past week than probably several of the past years put together. Okay, that may be a slight exaggeration, but damn, Argentinian beef is good, plentiful and cheap. Beef, sausage, and chicken are all prepared on open grills, and in many places you simply point to the cut that you want and it is slapped on your plate (sorry my vegetarian friends!).

We also have been drinking lovely malbec wine and even doing a bit of tango. I went to several tango shows, at which you are served dinner and then watch the show, which lasts for several hours. I'm glad that I experienced that aspect of Argentinian culture, but the shows are very touristy and quite a bit too long. We had a more authentic experience at a local milonga, or tango club, in the city. It was in a grand building, and there were many tables set up around the dance floor. When a man decides on a dance partner, he nods at her and she approaches the dance floor if she is interested. They don't talk, but stand still for several bars of the song, and then they dance. It's quite a beautiful style, but I don't recommend attempting to join in unless you are at a milonga specifically designated for those who are learning to tango. Johnny and I were actually asked to leave the dance floor, as we were told (by an American nonetheless) that practicing there was dangerous! That was embarrassing, but pretty funny, although I think we would have done just fine. Oh well!

So now we are in Montevideo, Uruguay for several days. This city appears to have seen better days, but the architecture is beautiful, as is the weather, and I have thoroughly enjoyed yet another South American city.

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Antarctic Blur

Although I am still decompressing from our trip to Antarctica, I feel that I owe the five people who read this at least a brief recap of my latest adventure. I still need to sit down with my pictures and a map and actually take a look at exactly where we were. The itinerary changed almost hourly. and that in addition to hanging out with the children for seven hours a day has left me a bit muddled. I do know that I have at least a thousand pictures of icebergs and penguins....it would take a lot for me to ever tire of either!

I was luckier than some of the crew in that my office (the children's room) has huge windows spanning one wall, and thus we were able to enjoy the magnificent views as we painted, glued, beaded, and played. Listening to Miles Davis as you travel through Antarctic waters and play Scrabble is not a bad way to make a living!

I also know that we made it further south than this ship has ever been, and I think that we are the largest ship to have gone as far south, 67.9 degrees, as we did. I was able to step foot on the continent twice; once in Neko Harbour and once at Almirante (I think that's correct). I really do need to sit down and figure out where the heck I've been! It's tough when you're experiencing such an amazing destination through the lens of such a big and busy ship. I would have loved to have spent more time in azodiac, darting among the ice and penguins. But, as crazy and improbable as it may seem, I have a strong feeling that I will return to this part of our amazing planet some day in the not too distant future. If not, I have some fabulous snapshots in my mind and thousands of photos in my computer! Don't forget to check out more of my photos at photos.yahoo.com/lindseytuuri

One final note--I went swimming in the Southern Ocean! Okay, it was a jump in, jump out sort of thing, but still....IMG_7029.jpg

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McNaught's Comet

Although it is now past the witching hour, I cannot in good conscience fall asleep until I have made some attempt to record the amazing site I just witnessed. We are currently heading due south; after leaving Ushuaia today, we began our journey to Antarctica via Cape Horn and the Drake Passage. Tonight on our starboard side, that would be the right side of the ship and due west in this case for all you non-nautical types, McNaught’s comet was visible and absolutely spectacular. Some friends and I headed up to deck 12 (top deck) around midnight, and the horizon was still an orange hue at this late hour. Wispy clouds parted to clear a path for the comet as it seemingly made its way to the ocean, and the sight was superbly beautiful and serene. This description certainly does not do the view justice, but I am pretty certain that no photo could capture the power either, and so I will have to be content with the picture in my mind. I’m sorry that I am not better able to share what I witnessed with you all; this world continually amazes me with its beauty, despite all the ugliness that exists as well. The awesomeness of the natural world that I have witnessed over the past two weeks certainly does a lot to counteract much of the unpleasantness that I know is present around as well. The wildlife, the landscape, some fabulous people, and just the majestic nature of the places I have seen have left me in awe. And definitely wanting more… I have much more to share, but this will have to suffice for the time being. Don’t forget to look up now and again.

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Penguins, penguins everywhere

We have just experienced two of the most awe-inspiring days in South Georgia. It hardly seems fair that I have been able to visit such remote and fantastic places, but I’ll take it. Yesterday we were in Grytviken, South Georgia, where Ernest Shackleton’s grave is located. I had just finished reading Endurance the night before, and that really added an element of gravity and wonder to the place for me. For those of you who are not familiar with the story, in the early 1900s, Shackleton and his team headed out from South Georgia for Antarctica, with the objective of sailing to the continent and then completing the first ever trans-Antarctic expedition. However, their ship became frozen in the ice, eventually sank, and 522 days after leaving South Georgia, Shackleton and five of his men made it back. They then rescued the other 22 men who had been left behind at Elephant Island. All the men survived, and my synopsis does the story no justice at all----read the book. It’s amazing, and then to be able to visit his grave and witness a slice of what he had to overcome----it was very humbling and powerful. The day itself was also spectacular. We’ve been experiencing a lot of fog and rain, but yesterday was simply beautiful. Sunny and 50 degrees F; we couldn’t have asked for a better day.

Today we arrived at St. Andrew’s Bay, where we ran zodiac landings. So much fun! This island was spectacular because of the sheer number of penguins that were present. The colony was over half a million strong! Penguins were everywhere. There were also elephant and fur seals. Fur seals are very aggressive; small but feisty. They will charge after you, growling, and you have to clap your hands to scare them away. They also have a very infectious bite, but luckily nobody has been bitten yet!

I can’t even fully describe what I am experiencing. Suffice to say that it is beyond words.penguinseverywhere.jpg

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A new career path?

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Today we are back at sea, so I’ve actually had a little bit of time to do some reflecting and writing. Yesterday I assisted with my first cold water landing. There is nothing sexier than me in hip waders…well, maybe a few things! My job was to stand in the ocean up to about my waist and help bring in the zodiacs as they ferried residents and guests from the ship to Sea Lion Island. It was awesome! I wish that I could do that all the time, instead of my normal duties. I think that I’m going to have to find out how I can get on the path to becoming an expedition team member. It was so cool to see gentoo penguins swimming and leaping in the water as we stood waiting for zodiacs to arrive. I also saw about 45 elephant seals basking and burping on the beach. How cool is that?! We had another landing earlier in the day at Bleaker Island, and apparently there were Rockhopper penguins there, but I wasn’t on shore to help out with that landing. We also went to East Falkland Island a few days ago. It’s a pretty slow island, but it was exciting to be there just for historical reasons. It was interesting to see and feel the obvious cultural differences between Ushuaia and the other South American locales we have visited and the Falklands, which is a UK territory. We have another sea day tomorrow, and then we will be arriving in South Georgia, and I’m sure I will have more to report at that time. Go Pats!!!!DSC_0004.jpg

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