Last night I didn’t get much sleep. While I really didn’t mind the constant rolling of the ship, it did keep me up. I am super fortunate that I do not feel any sea sickness – happy the patches are working. I did have some of the side effects, but I will take them instead of the puking that many on the ship are doing. I am glad I put it in at the beginning of the day yesterday so it had time to get into my system before all of the waves started! Today we all listened to different lectures about camping, sea kayaking and snow shoeing. These will start on the 20th depending on when they can fit us in. We can add photography and hiking tours when we aren’t sea kayaking or camping for the night. The rest of the day I just read over half a book on my kindle – I have been trying to stay on the upper observation deck so I am not seeing the waves right at the windows where it is for the meals. The meals here are delicious, well everything except for breakfast. Boiled hot dogs and baked beans or salami with green olives in it are not that appetizing to me at 8am. Thank goodness for toast, peanut butter and fruit! Other than that one meal, they have been feeding us amazing meals and some good afternoon snacks!
Lucky for me, we are currently experiencing the Drake Lake. For the most part it is very calm, but we still are experiencing 3m (about 9 foot) swells. If it was the Drake Shake it would be 30 foot swells so super happy that we haven’t experienced that yet. We are currently about half way through the drake passage. Tomorrow we should be starting to see some of the ice bergs towards the end of the day as we approach the Antarctica peninsula. Some people saw penguins that were swimming next to the boat today – but by the time I got to that side of the boat, I was just looking at white caps on the water. I think today was a first – I didn’t take one single picture – that never happens when I am traveling! The picture is of an albatross. They can have up to 7 foot wing span. They are following are boat to Antarctica and it is really interesting to watch them interact with the Petrol birds. They can actually fly while they are sleeping!