The wind and swell died away for good today, and the sun came out in the afternoon: surprisingly pleasant conditions out on deck. A fine day for a spot of birdwatching! With four species of albatross and six species of petrel, it was a great day to hone our species identification skills which will undoubtedly get sharper as we spend the next three weeks exploring the Southern Ocean.
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On this busy day at sea, we are busy packing, attending interesting talks, getting important information about disembarkation, and having wonderful meals. At teatime, there are Swedish pancakes, berries, chocolate, ice cream, whipped cream and more! Soon, it’s time to dress up for the Captain’s Farewell Cocktail Party, where we reflect on our amazing experiences over the past twenty days. There was the Drake Passage, Antarctica, South Orkney Islands, South Georgia Island, and the Falkland Islands. So much history and wildlife. At dinner, oh my gosh, give me everything, especially the soup made from wild Falkland celery! The sea is calm, and the sun has come out as we head to Ushuaia, where our journey began. Yes, we are more than what we were before. We have grown and what a pleasure it is.