Monday, November 30, 2009

South America Day 11: The Southernmost City in the World, According To Argentina

November 29, 2009

We docked at Ushuaia at noon - there's a real dock here, too, so no riding in tenders this time!

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We just went on down to deck 3, stepped ashore, and walked toward land with the Sun looming over us:

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There was quite a walk to shore, the dock being very long, and there was a lot to see, including mountains,

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fellow tourists (I volunteered to take a picture of these two together)

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more mountains

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and a pretty little town with its back to the mountains.

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The streets were steep, and the buildings well designed to shed the snow:

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Winter here must be entertaining. We found another internet cafe and checked email, then wandered the quaint streets,

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enjoyed a penguin mural,

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and posed for pictures in front of stuff.

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The weather was chilly, breezy and bright, but not cold. It made me all cheerful.

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We picked up some postcards, scribbled on them and posted them to ourselves so they'd be postmarked Ushuaia; this is the southernmost post office we'll have access to. The folks that sprung for the $2400 optional tour to Antarctica get to mail their postcards from the southernmost post office there is (actually it's just a postal drop, but they'll still have Antarctica postmarks if their postcards arrive at all.)

Back in our stateroom I discovered that we had a really nice view of Ushuaia tucked up between the water and the rock:

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