Friday, 21 January 2011

A nice calm day at sea

When we woke up in the morning we were already in the Drake Passage, about which you can read the most harrowing stories. It is supposed to be one of the most dangerous and windblown bodies of water on Earth, but - what do you know - it was a calm and easy day. That was good as some of us needed some time to let the sealegs grow and get some rest from the long journey here. Luckily there was just enough wind so that the birds were able to fly. We had a chance to observe albatross and other seabirds soaring about Fram. These magnificent creatures have been the most cherished companions of sailors for centuries and when you see them ride the wind in all their grace and elegance you really begin to understand why.

The day was also filled with all kinds of lectures which even hightened our expectations ofAntarctica. The topics ranged from birdlife to climate change, ecology, and the history of this remote continent ... and,oh yes, we were also tempted to go for more excursions when we will return to South America. Bookings need to be at the expedition desk by tomorrow, so we really must make up our minds.
All in all it was nice way to begin the advenure of Antarctica and the conditions were perfect, but who knows what tomorrow may bring. The weather forecast looks as if Neptune won't be as friendly for the entire duration of the crossing...