09.03.2012 -8 °C
Having managed to convince Leigh that yesterdays clangers (passing comments) must have been attributable to the extreme cold outside causing brain freeze, over breakfast we happened to hear the couple from the next table ask the leader when they would get to see the polar bears! We can only assume that they must have booked the wrong expedition as Polar bears only exist in the Arctic Circle. Therefore we’ve concluded, its tough being a leader as sometimes the local wildlife will have greater IQs than your clients!
Last night, whilst sitting down to dinner in an almost empty dining room I’d almost convinced myself for a moment that I’d boarded the wrong vessel, but with the boat once again heaving underfoot one doesn’t have to guess where we are...yes we’ve begun our slow but steady journey back North to Argentina via the Drake Passage. With +12 m swells outside, most if not all of the boat, had headed to bed early leaving me to eat my dessert in peace......four slices later and top trouser button undone I figured it was time to go! Swinging by the forward lounge for a mug of tea I noted the Captain, First Officer and Chief Engineer by the bar drinking brandy’s.....as the boat shuddered in the water I was secretly left wondering who exactly was up in the bridge manning the wheel at this point in time.....thinking long and hard I thought it best not to ask for fear of hearing the truth!
Leaving this great continent under a grey and drizzly sky wasn’t quite how I’d imagined my final farewell to be but with a short summer here changes are already afoot. When we originally embarked on this wonderful journey I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but through the course of the past 8 days we’ve played witness to such amazing sights and sounds that it’s hard not to say we’ve changed a little! The next time I reach into the fridge freezer at home I’ll be sure to spare a thought for those cute Gentoo penguins freezing their proverbial off but I won’t linger long for fear of a leopard seal lurking behind the ice cube tray!
And so in my best Norwegian...Fram (forward) to our next adventure!