Mar 03, 2019 - National Geographic Orion
A day at sea is an opportunity to relax, reflect, and prepare for the adventures ahead of us. Today was one of those days, easing into the morning with a latte and amuse ourselves with the memories of an excellent night before. Last night was one of levity and celebration in the form of a show that had us laughing, dancing, and clapping to that evening’s talent until the late hours.
Today’s sunshine across the decks inspired the galley team to prepare a mid-morning surprise of Frühschoppen: a German-inspired gathering for good company and better food in which we rang in the wilderness of the voyage we have embarked upon.
As we sailed ahead to the Falklands, naturalists Ian Bullock and Gabriela Roldan presented the natural and human history of these islands. The lounge was full of enthusiasm and an eagerness to learn more about these islands of the South Atlantic. Lying about 300 miles away from the coast of South America, generations of hardworking islanders have made their home here through farming and fishing, with a cultural identity tempered by self-determination.
These islands also serve as an international destination for birdwatchers, the contents of which are absolutely teeming with wildlife. The Falklands seem to offer the perfect combination between urban comforts and the stark natural world comprising the far global south.
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