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Recrossing The Drake.

1st December 2012 04:34 AM[(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

It's the 2nd day and the Drake is calm on the way back. Stomachs are calm as well.

It's a long trip but we are well entertained. Today, a humpback whale was spotted, so the Captain stopped the ship expecting the whale to check us out.
Right on cue, he turned around and swam across our bow a few times, with plenty of breaching. Then he resumed his journey South.

We have also had the chance to attend many talks on Wildlife, Environment, Adventurers and Pioneers of the region.
Also, a trivia quiz organised by Simon, one of the runners.

As well, I have had plenty of sleep and finished Pat Farmers book, Pole to Pole.
Pat ran from the Nth Pole to the Sth Pole a year ago.
On the Antarctic leg he ran 70km every day in the early part of that stage.
One of the talks was on Shackletons voyage where the crew were stuck in ice and took 15 months, I think, to be rescued.
That is a story worth reading about, as is Pat's book.

You can read about the pioneers and adventurers of the polar regions and be in awe.
But when you have been here and been exposed to the conditions for awhile you get a better perspective and the admiration is magnified.

We have tomorrow, Sunday to go, and arrive Monday morning at Ushuaia.
There is a really full program tomorrow, culminating in our awards presentation.
There might be a bit of celebrating as well.

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