30 Oct 2015

Expedition To South Georgia Island by Maureen

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Flight attendants begin waking us up with pink lighting and breakfast. I should have taken a photo of my breakfast sandwich: paper-thin white bread with the crusts cut off, a very thin layer of ham, and a thin layer of white processed cheese -- my travelmates tell me that this very thin sandwich is normal for the region. As the sun starts lighting the sky, my view out my window seat turns magical: rocky islands poking up out of a beautiful white sea of clouds. There is even what looks like a vast waterfall of clouds plunging down towards earth between "islands" -- just stunning. My photos do not do the view justice.

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8:00am Arrive in Santiago!

9:00am to 6:30pm Cheesemans' staff duties which include meet-and-greet in the hotel lobby as expedition participants and staff arrive, pre-expedition staff meeting, and more meeting-and-greeting

6:30 to 8:30pm Dinner at the hotel. Budweiser is listed in the Imported Beers section on the menu! Had a nice dinner with Gina, Ray, Irene (my roommate for the trip), and Tom Murphy (leader of our South Georgia Island expedition aboard the Hans Hansson, a 12-passenger vessel -- this expedition will stay around the island for about a month and conduct penguin research).

10:30pm Sleep, preciously needed sleep...