Luke Around The World – 20100212 – Ushuaia, Argentina

As I’ve worked on many cruises around South America, Ushuaia is a place I’ve visited many times. In the podcast I talk about the places I’ve visited and seen, and below are some photos from the past 3 years.

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View up the pier towards the town.
View up the pier towards the town.

The main street in Ushuaia.
The main street in Ushuaia.

Eat at Moustacchio.
Eat at Moustacchio.

Barbecue at Moustacchio.
Barbecue at Moustacchio.

Horse riding in the National Park beside the Beagle Channel (2007).
Horse riding in the National Park beside the Beagle Channel (2007).

Me on the ski lift.
Me on the ski lift.

Shadow of riding the ski lift (2008).
Shadow of riding the ski lift (2008).

Taking photos of the Martial Glacier (2009).
Taking photos of the Martial Glacier (2009).

Climbing to the Martial Glacier (2009).
Climbing to the Martial Glacier (2009).

Sliding down the Martial Glacier (2008).
Sliding down the Martial Glacier (2008).

Icicles at the Martial Glacier (2009).
Icicles at the Martial Glacier (2009).

Cruise ship approaching Ushuaia (2009).
Cruise ship approaching Ushuaia (2009).

The Bugle Channel and me (2009).
The Bugle Channel and me (2009).

Playing with a huge dog (2008).
Playing with a huge dog (2008).

Argentinian car, note the “Malvinas” sticker at the back (2008).
Argentinian car, note the

Mount Herman, Ushuaia (2008).
Mount Herman, Ushuaia (2008).

One of the International Glaciers on the Beagle Channel. These aren’t called International because they are near the border between Chile and Argentina, instead each one is named after a different European country. This may be France (2009).
One of the International Glaciers on the Beagle Channel. These aren't called International because they are near the border between Chile and Argentina, instead each one is named after a different European country. This may be France (2009).

A shot of the same glacier with some trees to show the scale (2009).
A shot of the same glacier with some trees to show the scale (2009).

The Marco Polo and the Norwegian Dream (2008).
The Marco Polo and the Norwegian Dream (2008).

The Norwegian Sun and the Star Princess (2009).
The Norwegian Sun and the Star Princess (2009).


Luke Around The World – 20100211 – Cape Horn, Chile

Cape Horn is the southernmost bit of South America. Many people think (as did I years ago) that Cape Horn is part of the mainland of South America, and to get from the Atlantic to the Pacific (before the opening of the Panama Canal) you had to “Round the Horn”, a dangerous passage for any kind of ship.

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The truth is that the Horn is actually a small island. South of it is the Drake Passage, but there are another two navigable shipping routes further north; the Megallanic and Beagle Channels.
The truth is that the Horn is actually a small island. South of it is the Drake Passage, but there are another two navigable shipping routes further north; the Megallanic and Beagle Channels.

The island has a memorial to all the seamen (and women) who have died in the area. It’s a diamond shaped piece of steel, with an albatross silhouette cut out of the center.
The island has a memorial to all the seamen (and women) who have died in the area. It's a diamond shaped piece of steel, with an albatross silhouette cut out of the center.

A building. It use to be used by the Chilean Navy, but now… I’m not sure who lives there now.
A building. It use to be used by the Chilean Navy, but now... I'm not sure who lives there now.

Here’s a shipping chart showing just how dangerous these waters can be (photo from 2007).
Here's a shipping chart showing just how dangerous these waters can be (photo from 2007).

Sunset over the Drake Passage.
Sunset over the Drake Passage.


Luke Around The World – 20100209 – Antarctic Peninsula

My second time to Antarctica, and probably the last time for many years to come. I ran long on this podcast, but had a lot of things to talk about. Hopefully I can keep these photos in a similar order to how I mentioned them during the podcast.

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A zodiac with the Marco Polo int he background (2007).
A zodiac with the Marco Polo int he background (2007).

Zodiac semi-inflatables, here seen pushing small icebergs away from the (comparatively delicate) tender embarkation platform that hugs the side of the ship at the waterline (2007).
Zodiac semi-inflatables, here seen pushing small icebergs away from the (comparatively delicate) tender embarkation platform that hugs the side of the ship at the waterline (2007).

Peter Hillary (son of Sir Edmund Hillary), Pola, and yours truly (2007).
Peter Hillary (son of Sir Edmund Hillary), Pola, and yours truly (2007).

Me and Pola juggling in Antarctica (2007).
Me and Pola juggling in Antarctica (2007).

Penguin and photographer (2007).
Penguin and photographer (2007).

No humans beyond this point. In Antarctica, penguins have the right of way (2007).
No humans beyond this point. In Antarctica, penguins have the right of way (2007).

Night in Antarctica, or as close to it as you get two days after the longest day of the year, just a few degrees above the Antarctic Circle (2007).
Night in Antarctica, or as close to it as you get two days after the longest day of the year, just a few degrees above the Antarctic Circle (2007).

Whale skull at an old whaling station. In the background is a Leopard Seal (2007).
Whale skull at an old whaling station. In the background is a Leopard Seal (2007).

More whale bones and a research ship (2007).
More whale bones and a research ship (2007).

Bertha’s Breasts at the entrance to the Lemare Channel.(2007).
Bertha's Breasts at the entrance to the Lemare Channel.(2007).

Me and Pola on Christmas Eve 2007.
Me and Pola on Christmas Eve 2007.

Half Moon Island. The wind picked up and due to safety concerns we had to leave early and rejoin the ship (2007).
Half Moon Island. The wind picked up and due to safety concerns we had to leave early and rejoin the ship (2007).

Elephant Island.
Elephant Island.

The bay on Elephant Island where Shackleton and crew landed.
The bay on Elephant Island where Shackleton and crew landed.

There are many impressive icebergs in the water around Antarctica. Here’s one.
There are many impressive icebergs in the water around Antarctica. Here's one.

Penguins on the iceberg.
Penguins on the iceberg.

The Arctowski Polish Antarctic Research Base, Admiralty Bay.
The Arctowski Polish Antarctic Research Base, Admiralty Bay.

Snowy Petrel, the bird with the southernmost breeding area.
Snowy Petrel, the bird with the southernmost breeding area.

Another awesome iceberg, this one with an arch.
Another awesome iceberg, this one with an arch.

The mountains have no trees or any other feature to judge their size. Here you can see a boat below the mountain, and suddenly the size becomes apparent. It’s possible to see similar height mountains all over the world, but not with that much snow, and not that much snow right down to sea level. Maybe in Greenland, but I’ve never visited Greenland.
The mountains have no trees or any other feature to judge their size. Here you can see a boat  below the mountain, and suddenly the size becomes apparent. It's possible to see similar height mountains all over the world, but not with that much snow, and not that much snow right down to sea level. Maybe in Greenland, but I've never visited Greenland.

The same boat with a glacier behind.
The same boat with a glacier behind.

This is a feed from a camera on the bridge. The wind was pretty strong!
This is a feed from a camera on the bridge. The wind was pretty strong!

Mountains and people.
Mountains and people.

Me in the jacuzzi.
Me in the jacuzzi.

The swimming pool was far, far colder.
The swimming pool was far, far colder.

Jumping into the pool. Chilly!
Jumping into the pool. Chilly!

Sunset in Antarctica.
Sunset in Antarctica.

A rock formation at the entrance to Deception Island (2007).
A rock formation at the entrance to Deception Island (2007).

A sailing boat in Deception Island, which must be one of the largest (almost) completely enclosed natural harbors in the world (2007).
A sailing boat in Deception Island, which must be one of the largest (almost) completely enclosed natural harbors in the world (2007).

The very visible geology in Antarctica due to complete lack of soil and vegetation. Just imagine if we got rid of all the ice, and how many new fossils we could find! That said, I’d rather keep the ice…
The very visible geology in Antarctica due to complete lack of soil and vegetation. Just imagine if we got rid of all the ice, and how many new fossils we could find! That said, I'd rather keep the ice...


Luke Around The World – 20100205 – Stanley, Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands, otherwise known as the Isla Malvinas. I’ve visited 8 times, and done a similar walking route 5 times. I’ve got to know the wildlife pretty well!

Which also means I have LOADS of photos to share. The repeated photo subjects will become clear when listening to the podcast.

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British military plane over Stanley (2009).
British military plane over Stanley (2009).

Stanley Cathedral with a whale jaw bone sculpture (2009).
Stanley Cathedral with a whale jaw bone sculpture (2009).

Penguins (2009).
Penguins (2009).

Penguins.
Penguins.

Penguin.
Penguin.

Penguins watching other people doing a similar walk to me.
Penguins watching other people doing a similar walk to me.

Warning, land mines! (2007)
Warning, land mines! (2007)

Ship wreck (2009).
Ship wreck (2009).

Lady Elizabeth shipwreck (2009).
Lady Elizabeth shipwreck (2009).

Shipwrecks at the East end of Stanley Harbour.
Shipwrecks at the East end of Stanley Harbour.

Magellanic Penguins in a burrow, early December 2009.
Magellanic Penguins in a burrow, early December 2009.

Magellanic Penguin in a burrow with chicks, late December 2009.
Magellanic Penguin in a burrow with chicks, late December 2009.

Magellanic Penguin with adolescent offspring, February 2010.
Magellanic Penguin with adolescent offspring, February 2010.

Magellanic Penguins with adolescent offspring, February 2010.
Magellanic Penguins with adolescent offspring, February 2010.

Aiming at the Marco Polo (2007).
Aiming at the Marco Polo (2007).

Aiming at the HAL Amsterdam (2009).
Aiming at the HAL Amsterdam (2009).

Aiming at the Norwegian Sun (2009).
Aiming at the Norwegian Sun (2009).

Aiming at the Star Princess (2010).
Aiming at the Star Princess (2010).

Sea lion in March 2009.
Sea lion in March 2009.

The same Sea Lion in December 2009.
The same Sea Lion in December 2009.

The same Sea Lion in February 2010.
The same Sea Lion in February 2010.

Turkey Vulture in December 2009.
Turkey Vulture in December 2009.

Turkey Vulture in February 2010.
Turkey Vulture in February 2010.

Goose family in 2007.
Goose family in 2007.

A different goose family in late December 2009.
A different goose family in late December 2009.

The same goose family as above in February 2010.
The same goose family as above in February 2010.

Unknown (to me) bird of prey (2009).
Unknown (to me) bird of prey (2009).

Duck family in late December 2009.
Duck family in late December 2009.

Duck family in February 2010.
Duck family in February 2010.

Leaving the pier at Stanley.
Leaving the pier at Stanley.

Albatrosses at West Point (2007).
Albatrosses at West Point (2007).

Albatrosses at West Point (2007).
Albatrosses at West Point (2007).

Rockhopper Penguins at West Point (2007).
Rockhopper Penguins at West Point (2007).

An Albatross (2007).
An Albatross (2007).


To India (and other places)

20100330 trip

In a few hours I’ll be heading to the airport on my next work trip. Three weeks at home in Berlin has been great, and I’ve got a load of work done. But the work I’m working on at home isn’t earning any money as yet…

Anyway, I’ve not been to India before, so I’m really excited about this. I have two days in Cochin, right at the south of India. Then, depending on my visa, I may or may not be able to spend a day in Mumbai. After that I’ll be doing Muscat (or Musqat, as it says on the map), and finally two days in Dubai. Should be good!

I also may or may not have good internet access for the next 9 days, so updates to the blog may, if I’m going to be honest, continue at the slow pace they’ve been arriving during the last month.