Monday, 19 November 2012

What now?

After our incredible voyage of the past 3 weeks, we have incredible memories – seeing is believing! But now reality looms – back to civilization. Compared with the seas we endured to and from South Georgia the Drake was comfortable, but the odd storm still reminded us the power of Southern Ocean.
The winds and the waves meant that we still had abundant bird life with us, including the Black browed Albatross and the Southern Fulmar that we have seen from very early on in the voyage – are these the same birds seeing us safely back to land?
Final lectures were given by the Expedition team and the Captain, Chief Engineer and Hotel Manager held a Question and Answer session covering any of those final queries including what goes on behind the scenes in the Galley, Engine room and the real story of ‘the storm’.
Due to the potential chaos caused by the travel strike in Argentina on the 20th we went as fast as possible out of the Drake into the protected waters of the Beagle channel and made our way northwards to Ushuaia for arrival on early evening on the 19th. Cancelled flights will mean taking in the highlights in the most southern city in the world for an extra day.
Our thoughts our now towards home, seeing family and friends and telling them about our unforgettable experiences and memories that will be with us forever.