Dec 8th: It was with great anticipation and excitement that we set off from Buenos Aires on our way down to Ushuaia. Ushuaia is the southern most city in the world, this is where we would board our ship that would carry us to the white continent. La Boreal was our charter a fine 200 berth specially designed ice class ship.
I have never been on a cruise ship before let alone an expedition of this kind so we were both stoked with the idea of following in the footsteps of the great polar explorers to the great white wilderness. Some of the greatest adventurers and explorers had made this journey in their attempts to explore the vast wilderness and to conquer by various means the South Pole.
We did not know what to expect accept maybe the fact we were going to be pretty young in comparison to the rest of the passengers, but with regards to Crew and the expedition team we had no idea, and more importantly the weather. We had many faces of Mother Nature to confront, despite being summer this was not a trip to be guaranteed sunshine and cocktails, it was going to be interesting and we were stoked to be getting ready for what we felt was going to be a great adventure.
First challenge of the trip was the Drake Passage. If you Are not familiar with the Drake Passage it is probably one of the most dangerous and violent stretches of ocean in the world, we were facing 2 days of passage from leaving Ushuaia before we make first sight of land in Antartica.
Leaving Ushuaia below the world's most southerly city