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.
Horse riding in the National Park beside the Beagle Channel (2007).
Me on the ski lift.
Shadow of riding the ski lift (2008).
Taking photos of the Martial Glacier (2009).
Climbing to the Martial Glacier (2009).
Sliding down the Martial Glacier (2008).
Icicles at the Martial Glacier (2009).
Cruise ship approaching Ushuaia (2009).
The Bugle Channel and me (2009).
Playing with a huge dog (2008).
Argentinian car, note the “Malvinas” sticker at the back (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).
A shot of the same glacier with some trees to show the scale (2009).
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.
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.
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).
Peter Hillary (son of Sir Edmund Hillary), Pola, and yours truly (2007).
Me and Pola juggling in Antarctica (2007).
Penguin and photographer (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).
Whale skull at an old whaling station. In the background is a Leopard Seal (2007).
More whale bones and a research ship (2007).
Bertha’s Breasts at the entrance to the Lemare Channel.(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).
The bay on Elephant Island where Shackleton and crew landed.
There are many impressive icebergs in the water around Antarctica. Here’s one.
Penguins on the iceberg.
The Arctowski Polish Antarctic Research Base, Admiralty Bay.
Snowy Petrel, the bird with the southernmost breeding area.
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 same boat with a glacier behind.
This is a feed from a camera on the bridge. The wind was pretty strong!
Mountains and people.
Me in the jacuzzi.
The swimming pool was far, far colder.
Jumping into the pool. Chilly!
Sunset in Antarctica.
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).
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…
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.