We bid adieu to our life in the Antarctic and began our journey home. As a mid-morning activity, we had Frühschoppen on the back deck. Frühschoppen is a German tradition, to meet up with people for a drink and food before midday. Head chef Rannie and his team set up a BBQ on the back deck and we gathered for food, music, and drinks. Fresh sausages were being grilled (don’t forget the grilled onions, sauerkraut, and various mustards!), Bloody Marys were being poured, and we had a mini dance party to the Michael Jackson soundtrack that was playing. The wind still had a sharp bite to it, but it was nothing a hat and a pair of gloves couldn’t fix. While we scarfed our sausages (eating more than one sausage was definitely welcome, judgment-free!), we enjoyed watching the cape petrels glide behind us. They were a good reminder that, despite our fanfare, we were still in the wild Southern Ocean.