Sunday 4 December 2011

Quiet reflection

The “Drake”, the dreaded Drake Passage between Tierra del Fuego and Antarctica has been kind to us. For two days now we have sailed north with gentle breezes and soft seas. Some may be disappointed by this but those of us who have experienced the wrath of the Drake are very thankful!

On our last day and night aboard the Fram we took time to reflect on the once-in-a-lifetime experience we all had. This of course had to occur between another active day of lectures by our expedition team. In the late afternoon, we all assembled in the Panorama Lounge on deck 7 for a farewell reception hosted by our captain Rune Andreassen.

Following the reception, we held our famous Fram auction, the proceeds of which go to worthy charities such as Birdlife International, UK Antarctic Heritage Trust, South Georgia Heritage Trust, and others. This auction generated a record $3900 US for these very worthwhile causes.

Tonight we will pack our bags and think about returning home but part of all of us will be looking backwards Janus-like, to the magical place we have been.