Thursday, 14 February 2013

Gliding through the Drake

We woke up a wonderfully calm day in the Drake.  Most of the day was spent learning about Antarctica with lectures on biodiversity, penguins, seabirds, marine mammals and history.  The schedule was intense and although it felt like going back to school for many, the intellectual benefit was great and many passengers took the opportunity to go on deck and put their new gained knowledge to work and spotted their first wandering albatross and cape petrels.  Much of the day was also spent in logistics preparation for our first landing tomorrow.  We all took our personal gear (jackets, back packs, etc.) down to the vacuuming stations to remove dirt and crumbs from other parts of the world.  We also had the chance to try on special rubber boots to ensure our feet stay nicely dry and warm during our beach landings.

After a delicious meal prepared by Chef Erik we were treated to several episodes of Frozen Planet. It feels like we are there already!