Monday, February 27, 2012

Fin del Mundo, principio de todo

Ushuaia – End of the World, down in Patagonia is the Southern most city in the world. Lying at the latitude of 54’ 38’0”s, 68’18’0”W and 1471 flying miles south west of Buenos Aires, its beauty is outstanding, snow capped mountains surround and enclose a small town on the Argentinian side. Chile also owns land in Tierra del Fuego and the Beagle Channel is split down the middle for ownership. The Beagle channel is long and will take us most of the evening to motor through before the famous Drake Passage.

Our trip to Antarctica is one of the trips where the vessel goes as far South as it can, there was no email (or cheap internet access) so my postings will come after we have returned. The night we spent in Ushuaia before boarding the vessel, we found the Dublin Bar, the most southerly Irish pub in the world and enjoyed a few Guinness.

Antarctica has been a dream of mine for many years, I longed in my youth to work in Antarctica studying whales. Now a little while later and maybe somewhat wiser, I am off to see the most magical place on earth. Sometimes it can be hard when a dream becomes a reality, will you feel let down?, will it be better than what you have dreamed and witnessed on tv and in media. I am slightly nervous and extremely excited to see what Antarctica is about and how very personal this place is to me.

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