The day has finally come and I was so excited to get going on my voyage to Antarctica, I could hardly sleep! Well, that and the fact that I was out until 1am, then there was a miscommunication and the front desk started calling my room non-stop at 3am until I yanked the phone out of the wall...which meant they came to my door, but it was easier to sort once the phone stopped ringing. Anyhow, I managed to leave Buenos Aires on time and did not miss my flight. Along the way, I even started to make friends with a few of my shipmates. Before boarding the boat, we had a few hours in Ushuaia, Argentina. I had a recommendation for a coffeeshop: Ramos Generales, which turned out to be the perfect place to hang out. Ushuaia is an adorable village, situated between the Beagle Channel and a series of mountains and glaciers, it almost reminds me of a Swiss town. Very cute and extremely touristy. And since, I had scheduled a night in Ushuaia after Antarctica, I figured I could explore the town then. For now, I was happy at a little coffeeshop, where I could do everything possible not to fall asleep....I think all my adventuring (or maybe just a late night) has caught up with me.
Should you find yourself in Ushuaia, make sure you stop at Ramos Generales, it is a former general store, and has held on to the old school look. There is a museum of some sort attached, but it was never open while I was there. Order a submarino: A hot milk drink that comes with a bar of chocolate to melt inside. They also have cocktail versions of the drink, for when you are ready to graduate to the next level.
When I finally got onboard the ship, I was excited to see that my tiny stateroom wasn't too tiny and was completely livable. And after a safety briefing, I began to meet some more of my shipmates. By 11pm we had set sail and it was Goodbye Argentina and Hello Drake Passage.