Wednesday, 25 February 2015
25.02.2015 - 25.02.2015
This morning was cold, windy and very bleak as we approached the port of Stanley on the Falkland Island. Today's visit is a tendered port which requires us to be ferried from ship to shore in small boats. The process is well practised and quite efficient. Boarding the tender has never been easier and the 20 minute ride to the pier was relatively smooth but quite cold.
We were dressed in multiple layers which proved to be adequate until we started to walk into the wind. Although it wasn't raining we donned our rain jackets which took the edge off that chill wind. The houses are all painted in a variety of colours and most appear to be well maintained. There were many Union Jack flags flying proudly in the brisk breeze. The island people are proudly and fiercely British and have a wealth of memorials to demonstrate their gratitude for the action taken by Margaret Thatcher to drive out the Argentines.
Gift shops abound and all have a plethora of penguin memorabilia. Stuffed toys in many sizes and ceramic version adorned many shelves. Churches and public buildings are well maintained and there was no shortage of high end 4X4 SUV vehicles. Modern Range Rovers and Land Cruisers competed with some vintage Landrovers.
We walked for over two hours and managed to leave the island without doing much for the local economy. Speaking of which, the island is economically fully independent with the exception of Defence which is provided by Britain. Any military presence was low key except for a quick fly-over by a jet fighter.
The return trip on the tender was again uneventful and we were back aboard in time for a late lunch.
Managed to stay awake through the Afternoon Movie, strange show called "Foxcatcher" supposedly based on a true story.
Dinner on our own, Mary and Don didn't make it. Finished in time to make the early show in the Theatre where we were treated to two excellent performances. First up was Lee Bayless who again talked his way through a number of funny tales. He then topped that off with a number of very clever 'magic' tricks. He was almost overshadowed by the second act in the form of some very clever and funny renditions of songs by Dan Riley who managed to extract an impressive amount of audience participation.
Back to the cabin to pen this tale as the ship heads towards the Cape Horn on a SouthWesterly course. Tomorrow we sail around the Cape and then on to Ushuaia.
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Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony