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29th of January 2015 Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego / Argentina 54°48,6’S; 068°17,9’W
We tied up in Ushuaia again last night. It already got busy once the ship was cleared. Besides the garbage skips two big containers were places next to the “National Geographic Explorer” - the dry provisions and a variety of other things for the next three months had arrived from the US. Therefore I got up really early this morning; my plan was to help with taking on the provisions. Lucas and Hernán, the ships’ agents, had arranged a forklift and driver to help taking all the pallets of goods on board. Unbelievable how much stuff there was! And it all got stashed away – impressive!
Half way through the provisions the stevedores at the harbour started giving us a hard time. We were suddenly no longer allowed to touch anything on land – behold from carrying anything on board ourselves. You have no idea how that slowed the whole operation down! Now the pallets were split up by the workers – and they do seem to have a lot of time on their side… . I believe everybody found that pretty annoying.
For a moment I thought about sneaking away. The busses that were taking our disembarking passengers on a small tour to the prison museum had pulled up next to the ship.
But the driver caught me – and I know that I am much better off with my friends on board the “National Geographic Explorer”.