Sunday, 22 February 2015
22.02.2015 - 22.02.2015
With the time being adjusted for daylight saving, this morning's sunrise was relatively late at about 0730. The sun rose into a cloudless sky and the event was brief and not very spectacular. We had a simple breakfast and assembled in the Wheelhouse Bar to follow the now established routine for our Shore Excursion during which we visited the soccer stadium and the Legislative Palace.
There were some brief stops for photographs but most of the time we spent slowly driving around the tree-lined streets and avenues of the upper and middle class districts of the city. As it was a Sunday the streets were largely deserted and the driver was able to make a number of incredible manoeuvres in that large coach.
The city appears even more tranquil than Buenos Aires and is equally blessed with lots of parks and trees. Also in common with the previous city there is evidence of a depressed economy and despite the grandeur of many public buildings it is a third-world country.
We returned to the ship in time for the afternoon movie which featured 'Slumdog Millionaire'. A very confronting story in many ways with many horrendous scenes of brutality and abject poverty.
The movie finished in time to have dinner in the Horizon Court. It was ironic that while we are in a region famous for lots of meat, our choices were meatballs presented five ways. They tasted OK but were a far cry from the massive steaks offered in the on-shore eateries.
Next stop for the day was the Explorer's Lounge to be entertained by the fast-paced humour of Lee Bayless. A very funny man who reads all manner of unintended messages into innocent everyday signs.
Back to the cabin to review today's images and compose this brief description of the day's events. We are currently heading East in the Rio de la Plata before we turn South for two sea days to Stanly in the Falkland Islands.
If you want to look at what I've been up to you can view my latest photo by following this link to the image for Today
Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony