After an enjoyable day before visiting
West Point Island
& Carcass Island
, our ship arrived at Port Stanley in the morning and we zodiac'ed into town.
Port Stanley has a population of about 2,000 and is perhaps best known
recently for its role in the Falklands war between Argentina and
England - the museum in town (highly recommended) has an excellent exhibit
about the conflict and unfortunately, many areas are still off-limits due to mines.
We spent about 4 hours onshore which was enough to walk the town and even
get online at the Malvina hotel that had wireless Internet ... via satellite!
Fortunately, I had pre-written my Emails onboard.
A number of other people went on a wildlife bus trip (I felt there had been
ample wildlife viewing already and more to come) and ate in town (I was getting
plenty of food onboard the ship).
After dinner that evening, a group of us hung out in the
Aft Library and drank some of the Malbec Port I had brought onboard.
As I was about to go to bed, I saw Conrad on the upper deck
checking out the stars ... and he proceeded to give an impromptu
astronomy show (using a laser pointer) of the Southern Sky - very cool!
I turned in late as the ship continued east and turned (guess which direction!)
down toward the South Georgia Islands as we had
two days of
cruising on the Scotia Sea.
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