Friday 23 December 2011

Georgia on my mind

Georgia, oh Georgia… Not quite the same Georgia the song aludes to, but everyone on board had it on their their minds today: we’re heading towards South Georgia. And that entails some preparations, which we began today. For a start, we explained our passengers the Antarctic code of conduct they have to follow, and we also vacuum-cleaned our backpacks and other gear to minimize the risk of introducing seeds, bugs and other biological aliens to these far-away lands.

We did all the preparations in relative calm, because we were lucky to have the wind blowing from astern: that is, from behind, which means we’re making very good progress with the help of the winds, and we’re not rocking too much, which is always a welcome thing.

Calm seas also meant the Captain invited several guests to visit the bridge, where he explained how to operate a rather complicated piece of machinery: MS Fram.

Pretty much all day long, we were also treated to the majestic flight of wandering albatrosses following the ship – a fantastic background scenery against which to enjoy a beautifully aromatic cup of tea and start preparing emotionally to arriving to the Jewel of the South, and maybe take part –weather permitting- in the Shackleton walk we want to make with our passengers, following the last epic leg of the famous adventurer’s hike from Fortuna Bay to Stromness. Definitely, Georgia on my mind…