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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Stanley, Falkland Islands





My grandmother was an avid gardener as were her brothers and sisters. Every time we would visit one of my aunts or uncles, we would be taken on a tour of the gardens. Seeing these gardens reminded me of that.

Puerto Madryn - Gardens in small spaces


Meeting the Most Important Man on the Ship



Here I am meeting the most important man on the ship - the chef. The food was magnificent. If you're a foodie or if you just love to eat, a cruise is a wonderful way to travel.

Sewing Machines






We arried in Usuhuaia, Argentina on a Sunday and all the stores were closed. We did a little window shopping, and found sewing machines. The rate of exchange is about 3.5 pesos to the dollar. Notice the Toyota quilting machine.

Beagle Channel





Part of the cruise was through Beagle Channel at the bottom of South America. These are glaciers, and yes - that is a waterfall coming out of the bottom of one of the glaciers. Alas, the color in real life surpasses the color in photographs. The glaciers are more white with lots of blue - something that would look lovely done in watercolor.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Deb & Jim Take A South American Cruise

We started in Buenos Aries, went north to Montevideo, then went south, took a little trip to the Falkland Islands, went around Cape Horn, through the Beagle Channel, through the Straights of Magellen and then north to Valpariso, Chile. We were going to see the Patagonia Coast and the Chilean Fijords, but the sea was too rough to navigate the channel safely.

When we went around the Horn, we were about 350 miles from Antarctica. The day was 17 hours long and twilight lasted more than an hour. I got to see the Southern Cross. The sky in the Southern Hemisphere is very different from the Northern Hemisphere.

I was seriously relaxed during the trip and got some great sketching done. I've got art ideas to last for about six months. I also bought some great fabric in Montevideo and bought wool yarn in Stanley. I even got to see penguins.

We took about 1000 photos, and I've included a few below.

Day 2 - Montevideo, Uruguay




This is where we found a wonderful fabric store with far better quality dress fabrics than I've ever seen in the US. This is also where I discovered that the Mexican Spanish I use at work is different from the Spanish spoken in Uruguay. Uruguay, Argentina and Chile each have their own dialects and I had problems communicating. I couldn't have done too badly. I didn't start a war and I now have some wonderful fabric to work sew.

Day 6 - Stanley, Falkland Islands





The penguins live in what may well be a mine field. The penguins aren't heavy enough to set off the mines and tourists are kept well back from the penguins. Stanley is a gorgeous little town with lots of gardens - both flower and vegetable.

Day 8- Ushuaia, Argentina




If I've got it identified right, the poppy is an opium poppy. It was the size of a peony. There was a kind of memorial for Eva Peron. She must have been an amazing woman.

Day 12 - Chacabuco




It was cold, raining, and windy. We walked a bit through the town and headed back to the ship.

Day 14 - Valpariso Chile




We stopped for lunch at a little restaurant beside where llamas are raised. My sandwich is a typical Chilean lunch - thin sliced beef, tomato slices and green beans. The bread is shaped like an oversized English muffin. This was an incredibly good sandwich.