A Travellerspoint blog

February 2007

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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