November 29, 2009
We docked at Ushuaia at noon - there's a real dock here, too, so no riding in tenders this time!
We just went on down to deck 3, stepped ashore, and walked toward land with the Sun looming over us:
There was quite a walk to shore, the dock being very long, and there was a lot to see, including mountains,
fellow tourists (I volunteered to take a picture of these two together)
and a pretty little town with its back to the mountains.
The streets were steep, and the buildings well designed to shed the snow:
Winter here must be entertaining. We found another internet cafe and checked email, then wandered the quaint streets,
enjoyed a penguin mural,
and posed for pictures in front of stuff.
The weather was chilly, breezy and bright, but not cold. It made me all cheerful.
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: