Chile: cruising

Last night we left the safety of the fjord and entered the open sea
which meant gushing winds beating on and rocking our ship.  I don’t know
how those guys in the 16th century managed to cross the Atlantic in
their wooden ships the size of school buses.  Our cabin stewardess,
Marina from Yalta, told us that the third of the crew was seasick
while the rest could not sleep because of the waves smashing into the
boat.  Now we are back inside another fjord and the sea is calm.
This morning we attended a lecture by the US naturalist (a Harvard
graduate) about her 3-month long stay in Antarctica.  She addressed
the important issues, such as: how does a girl pee if there is 30
degrees below.
The Bolivian geologist’s lecture put us all to sleep and we arrived rested
to the lecture by the New Zealander who, as it turned out, is not only
easy on the eye but has a good eye too.  In addition to working for
the New Zealand government, he takes wonderful pictures which were
published in 6 books AND his images were used in the Lord of the Ring
movies.
We went through the English narrows – a pretty site of many isles and
islets and are due to pass by a glacier.  All the bored passengers and
staff members bundled up and gathered on the deck.  I killed some time
talking to the fellow Latvian expat and a photographer from Australia
born in Hong Kong of the Russian parents, whose parents, in turn, fled
Russia after the revolution and settled in China.
Going back on deck now, rain notwithstanding, in the hope to catch
some excitement.

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