Finally a night of sleep – over 8 straight hours – amazing! After waking up and eating breakfast it was time to drop off my luggage. While I thought I just needed to walk it across the street to the port, after asking two different people where the green roof building it was, it was 8 blocks down the street. It was raining off and on but in the mid 50’s so it wasn’t that bad. Not dealing with the snow and ice that Pennsylvania was having!! While this is their summer, it is low 40’s – I couldn’t imagine that being my summer! After I dropped off my luggage I got to explore the cute town of Ushuaia. There was this double decker bus that gave a little longer than an hour tour of the city so I thought that would be perfect to just sit back, take some pictures and stay out of the rain.
Walking along, I ran into Christine and Jamie so we went for some coffee to wake us up a bit. These patches make you a bit sleepy and have a dry mouth – so coffee hit the spot. I ate lunch of Lamb Pie at Christophers which my Dad recommended for me since mainly they had local beers. The restaurant was named after the half sunken ship that was across the street.
Boarding the ship was at 4pm – we all got on, checked in and then headed to our rooms where our luggage was to be waiting for us. My large suitcase was there, but where was my book bag with my jackets, vests? Luckily the stewardess directed me to the front of the ship where there were many bags there without the room numbers are there. My roommate is Bianca, super quiet from San Diego. Our room is not a bad size, think of a dorm room. We have a nice size bathroom, but the closet they have is pretty small. The ship is really nice – they have it all decorated for Christmas with lights and trees, garland around all of the poles and big stars on each of the doors. Pretty festive! After our mandatory meeting, we had our safety drill learning what to do when the alarm sounds and how to get into the safety boats that look like mini submarines. They gave us all champagne with these amazing pastries while the Captain welcomed us all to the boat – he was such an awkward speaker, you didn’t know what was going to come out of his mouth next. Dinner was avocado and tomato salad, fettuccine with mussels, scallops and shrimp. Dessert was lemon ice cream and fresh fruit. I can see that finding food that I like on this trip is not going to be a problem.
As I write this at 11 am night, it is just getting dark and we are about to get out of the canal and into open waters. You can already tell the boat is starting to sway and rock a bit more. I have the patch on my ears, but some of these horror stories you hear about sea sickness I am pretty worried about it. My stomach is hurting right now, but I think that’s from dinner since my stomach never likes alfredo sauce anyways. I am hoping I get some sleep tonight – I have never actually slept on a boat before. Tomorrow is a day full of lectures and learning about all of the activities we hopefully will be doing once we get to the Peninsula.