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Tea and Crumpets (Martin: 11)

2005-11-10 3e landing Falklands - Carcass Island - Tea And Crumpets DSC_4219

November 10 - 11, 2005

It is still Thursday, Nov 10th and we are busy with the third landing on the Falklands, on Carcass island. There are less animals here, a nice sandy beach although the average temperature is too low to ever do any sunbathing here. Only 1 couple lives on this island in the spring and summer. They receive people from passing ships like ours so they can come visit and do Tea and Crumpets.

On our way to Carcass island (few hours) we see some Hourglass Dolphins and Rock Shags. Although a number of languages are spoken on board everybody uses English names for the animals we see.

When leaving Puetro Madryn we have 44 passengers, in Stanley there will be 2 more. We are the only 2 from the Netherlands, except the cook that is who is Dutch also. The other nationalities are American, Swedish, South African, English, Australian, French and Swiss. We can get along nice with an English and Australian couple (2010 edit, we went with Chris & Christine, the Australian couple, to Africa together in 2009).

There is a staff of 4 people aboard for our travel guidance. There is an ornithologist (Nigel Milius), he is very enthousiastic about all animal sightings. During his study he worked a few years in Antarctica, as a cook. Back in England he dis his studies and then returned here. He is on board the whole season until the end of March.

If we have a travel day at sea the staff gives lectures. Nigel does that on animals, (Barrie McKelvey) on geology, the survival in the Arctic is done by (Trevor Potts). They usually have photos or video to liven things up. Generally every passenger goes to these lectures. The expedition leader Jonas has done a number of these trips over the years, he started 10 years ago.

The food on board is a bit overdone, in the morning European buffet, 4 courses for lunch and dinner (and salads). There is always a starter, then soup, main course and dessert. After a few days we skip a main course at either lunch or dinner.

The crew in the restaurant is Swedish and Russian. The bartender from Sweden has done these trips a few times before, this is his first trip as a single barkeeper on a small ship. There are 2 dining rooms, we are being served by a Russian girl from Moermansk, she is 22 and speaks a little bit of English, she is good at her work.

The crew of the ship is all Russian, 20 people. The only ones you can speak to are the people on the bridge, you rarely see any others. They speak little English. The ship has an open door policy for the tourist quarters, if there is a door with Russian signs on it, it is off limits for passengers. Jonas told us that the open door policy is because the keys kept on breaking off when passengers tried to keep steady, which is not very good for the key.

Travelling at sea does not work very well for Martin, after loosing breakfast he is using sea sickness tablets. You indeed feel green, and the idea of food is enough to .....

We arrive in Stanley on Friday, November 11th. It is the capital of the Falklands where most of the people on the Falklands live. We go sightseeing to Gypsy cove with a few people (with the bus) to look at local birds. There is also a small beach. There are also areas where you are not allowed to go because there are still mines left over from the war. If you get out alive of such an area you still will get a fine....

Around the afternoon we leave the Falklands altogether and we are on our way to South Georgia.

View of the ship

2005-11-11 4e landing Falklands - Stanley en Gypsy Cove - Lady Elizabeth met Molchanov op de achtergrond DSC_4571

Rock Shag at Gypsy Cove

2005-11-11 4e landing Falklands - Stanley en Gypsy Cove - Rock Shag DSC_4368