As we left the Antarctic Peninsula and sailed back through the South Shetland Islands to the Drake Passage, we all had mixed feelings. Everyone had enjoyed seeing even this tiny part of the amazing White Continent, and all of us were sorry to be leaving.
And for some, the was a dread of the potential rough crossing and worse seasickness than last time. In fact we were lucky with the crossing again and though we had a few bumpy moments, it was no worse than a bit choppy.
As there was no longer a steady flow of ice and wildlife to look at, just the occasional wandering or black browed albatross, the plan was to write up some blogs during the crossing back.
Unfortunately though I had by now had to give in to the lousy bad throat that I had picked up in the last few days, so between that and the obviously completely unavoidable need to spend time in the bar with our new friends, I didn't get any done at all. Never mind.
By the time we got back to Ushuaia, we were all missing the penguins and having to resort to looking at our photos for our daily fix.
Mind you, as much as I liked the penguins, I didn't do what one Antarctic visitor apparently did. One of our crew told us about a time when a passenger arrived back from a shore landing on their first day, but the expedition team were suspicious about their backpack. They opened it up to find a penguin inside. Who knows where the person was planning to keep it until they got back to land - in the shower perhaps! Needless to say the penguin was returned and the individual was not allowed off the ship again.
I don't really have pictures for this blog, so have added photos of a few of the great little displays that the crew created from fruit and vegetables. I thought they were really good.
Welcome to our travel blog. We are Tabitha and Nic. In 2011 we 'retired' in our early 40s and set off to travel the world. We spent our first year in South America and have been lucky enough to make two trips to Antarctica.
Our blog is a record of our travels, thoughts and experiences. It is not a guide book, but we do include some tips and information, so we hope that you may find it useful if you are planning to visit somewhere we have been. Or you may just find it interesting as a bit of armchair travel.