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Trip Start Jan 29, 2007
Trip End May 30, 2007

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Hotel Del Glacier

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Saturday, March 3, 2007

OK, IŽm writing this after returning from Antarctica as obviously there were better things to do than write emails on the ship. So how was the trip? In short, f*cking amazing. It had everything, icebergs, clear skies, cloudy skies, freezing weather, large colonies of penguins, whales, seals and surprisingly a good collection of people on the boat, as opposed to my initial idea of it being full of the blue-rinse brigade who were going there to die.

I knew that the scenary would be good and the wildlife would be cool, but the actual scale of it blew my mind. Needless to say I have tonnes of photos, and the crew even gave us a dvd of some of the highlights too.  IŽll do my best to fill you in on the last 11 days, but in the meantime hereŽs a little preamble.

My mum flew in to Ushuaia on the 2nd March and we stayed in the Hotel del Glaciar out of town. The place was dead, but had a stunning view of the bay. I enjoyed living a life of luxury, with my mum picking up the tab for most of it....she insiusted honest.

We went up to the glaciar in the day, where I bumped into Ed and Katrien. Was a bit of a whirlwind stop as mum hates heights.

After a good nights sleep we headed to the docks to board the "Ushuaia" for our trip to Argentina. The first nice surprise was that it seemed like quite a collection of people...most of them seemed in their late 20s/early 30s, which came as a surprise as IŽd expected it to be a lot older. The next surprise was that weŽd been upgraded from the "cheap" cabins in the bowels of the ship, with no window and a shared bathroom, to the cabins on the top floor with private bathroom and porthole. This in itself would have been 1000 dollars more each if weŽd paid for it.

The itinery was presented to us, with the emphasis on being flexible depending on weather, ice conditions, etc. The day would be interspersed with lectures on wildlife, history, geography, etc, and zodiac landings, whereby weŽd land twice a day at the peninsular in inflatable boats for up to 3 and a half hours each time. For the first couple of days it would be lectures, movies and loads of food as we crossed the perilous "Drake Passage", renowned for being exposed to strong winds that could cause it to get extremely rough, to get to our first stop, the South Shetland Islands. Doped up on sea sickness pills, we waited to see how the crossing would go.
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