Cambridge to Ushuaia 06/11/19

Greetings from Ushuaia! This is our first blog post of the season from the new Port Lockroy Team – Lucy, Vicky, Lauren and Kit. 

Despite our ample amount of time on our final morning in the UK, things felt rushed trying to get the last few pieces packed into bags and watching the Rugby World Cup final. After leaving horrific weather in South England, following our 13 hours flight the hot sunny weather in Buenos Aires was a welcome change. This combined with our 5-hour layover, made a perfect excuse for a picnic outside the airport surrounded by a surprising amount and variety of wildlife.   

On Monday morning we had a bit of a slower start given our previous days travelling. Following an introduction to Dulce de Leche at breakfast, we spent the rest of the morning doing some work and familiarising ourselves with role-specific tasks. During the afternoon Lauren, Vicky and Kit began, with what we are hoping will become a trend (despite the warnings of the unsuccessful attempt by last years team) of regular yoga. The team have also visited the Museo Maritimo de Ushuaia, spending a disproportional amount of time in the Antarctic section brushing up on the histories of the area that is soon to become our home.

On Tuesday night our team was completed by the arrival of Sophie and Lizzie, the conservators who will be working with us for the first 5 weeks.

As well as all of the amazing activities we have embarked on a small food tour throughout our stay in Ushuaia, making the most of fresh food before we begin the Fray Bentos journey. The menu for the week has ranged from crab soup (king crab is a local delicacy) to milkshakes resembling the surrounding mountains both in height and to be looked at in awe. Having two vegetarians in the team South America could have been a challenge yet we have been pleasantly surprised. Only one meal lost had been in translation so far but “sin carne” saved the day! The team have been researching and finding recipes for the exciting provisions that lay ahead. First challenge: smash gnocchi.

We are all excited to continue our journey South and have just waved our bags off in a snowstorm, to be met at the ship later.

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