ship's log :
tuesday , march 28 , port stanley , falkland islands
- 7:22 am - safely at anchor
- 3:42 pm - anchor away
- 3:48 pm - commence sea voyage
this was another day to get up early and watch the falkland islands come into view ,
the weather was quite pleasant , moderate wind , light swell ,
we were told that not all cruises manage to get passengers ashore
since the weather is somewhat unpredictable ,
had the weather been unfavourable , the ship would just have cruised around the islands and sailed on ,
there is no harbour with sufficient depth to allow ships to enter the harbour ,
ships anchor in an open channel between two of the islands and passengers are taken ashore by tender (fancy name for lifeboat).
welcome to port stanley
marilyn , our wonderful local guide ,
she came from britain 25 years ago to escape "the ratrace"
and found the right place ,
she said : "it's not for people looking for privacy ; we live in each others pocket ; if a husband (
) is seen with another lady it'll likely be on the local newscast the next day or reported in the local paper ('the penguin news')"
plenty of rusting , abandoned boats
bridge built by the british soldiers ; there is still a fair-sized contingent of british soldiers , but they are located several miles away from port stanley
are you looking for a ship ?
airplane of the british antarctic survey on a stopover before returning to britain
still plenty of landmines courtesy of the argentines ,
since most are sitting in the bog , it is almost impossible to remove them - plenty of warnings are posted along roped-off areas
a reindeer brought over from south-georgia islands ,
several hundred were brought over to supply meat to the falkland-islanders ,
marilyn said that they have become pets , since no one wants to kill them
local whaling protest
care for a libation ?
a/t the penguin news - we all received a copy - , drunkenness is the most common 'crime' in the islands - speeding , cars run of the road ... just like in any other normal community
good-bye , falkland islands !
we had a great time !
mrs h and yours truly practicing for buenos aires ,
do you like our fancy footwork ?