Day 3 - Heading South
Today, we had a very early wake up call. 5:30 a.m. Mr. Sanders was not happy with that time. I was pretty comfortable with it. We get up so early for Disney. We had breakfast and gathered like herds of cattle to go to the airport! We were taking the first steps to the great, white continent.
Ushuaia was much colder and windier than Buenos Aires. In Buenos Aires, I was in shorts and t-shirts. Ushuaia was cold – like 40 degrees. And, there was wind! We were given a tour of Ushuaia and the Tierra del Fuego National Park. We were in the province of Tierra del Fuego. Argentina has “provinces” and not states like we do. The tour guide talked about various trees and the flora and fauna of the area. I was surprised to learn that fallen trees took a long time to decompose. The tour guide said up to 70 or 80 years.
From there we went on a catamaran. We ate lunch and then sailed from the port seeing various birds. A naturalist (Andy) who I have become friends with claimed that he saw a penguin! We really didn’t believe him. It was great to have a naturalist right there. Andy would explain what the different birds were and if someone had a question, he was right there to give answers! The boat took us to a dock where we met up with our busses and our luggage. Awaiting us was a grand, beautiful ship.
We boarded the National Geographic Endeavor; that is the official name of the ship. After finding our cabin, we met with passengers to get to know each other and socialize. People have come from so many different places – New Zealand, San Francisco and London. So many people have chosen to make this expedition their trip of a lifetime- I feel so blessed to be able to do this.
As I write this, I am a little nervous. We met our mentor, Eric. He welcomed Mr. Sanders and I but was quick to explain that we are going to be experiencing some rough waters crossing the Drake Passage. The boat is trying to beat out a storm before it hits. They guarantee some rough water! Hopefully, the seasickness medication that I took the moment I got on the boat will work!
This is Andy Szabo showing us the penguin that he spotted!
12/11/2014 07:11:03 am
Hi,Mr.Szymanski I am so suprised that Andy showed you the penguin he spotted! I like your photos Andy looks kind of happy in the photo. Keep up the Good Work.I was wondering if you have been Exploring A lot Of places.You Know I wake up at 5:30 It takes a lot of work getting up Early!
12/12/2014 05:41:25 am
Andy will be very happy that you support him. We were sort of laughing at him - but all in good fun. I have actually now seen penguins with Andy! So exciting!
Stacia (Blake's Mom)
12/11/2014 07:23:01 am
It's been gun to read your blog. Was you catamaran ride cold? At 40 degrees that means some pretty cold splashes.
12/12/2014 05:40:00 am
Hi there! Antarctica is a multi-governed continent. If you look up on line you will see it is divided into pieces like a pie. Each belonging to a separate country!
12/11/2014 09:35:00 am
I like the guy who showed you the Penguins.
12/12/2014 05:41:51 am
I will let him know you said that. He is pretty terrific!
12/11/2014 10:55:21 am
Thanks for blogging! I'm really enjoying it! I've been sick for the week but I'll be back on Monday. I really miss you please be safe p. s. Don't fall "Indawater"! Lol
12/12/2014 05:43:13 am
A grill flew off the side of the ship when we were crossing the Drake Passage yesterday! Many people go out on the decks - but I am a little scared. I have been out but not that much!
Olivia and Fam
12/11/2014 12:23:28 pm
We love reading your updates and getting your texts - so very cool! The entire class read your blog today at the promethean board and loved seeing your photos!
12/13/2014 10:20:20 am
I think of your guys EVERY second. I have been asked about my "love bugs" by countless people! I wish you all were here with me!
Briannah and Family
12/14/2014 11:09:46 am
I wish we were there with you to.We have been looking at your pics in class the last few days and a lot of us loved them so much that some of us just shouted out there questions or stuff like that.I loved your pics to but did not shout out my questions or things i wanted to say for the substitute to put on your blog for you to look at.from:Briannah and Family
Chaitan and family
12/11/2014 11:26:44 pm
Mr. S. So amazing and inspirational! Be safe!
12/14/2014 04:03:08 am
I am so glad you are following this! There are a few kids on the expedition! I can see you coming on a family adventure like this! Mr. S.
12/12/2014 10:21:37 am
Hello Mr.Szmanski.where are you now?i have saw your pictures and i was wondering where you are now because i can not tell where you are.i have known your picture with the sign that says a whole bunch of stuff.i really love your pictures a lot.how are you doing? have fun Mr.Szmanski! from:Briannah
12/13/2014 10:21:15 am
Brianna, I am so glad you are reading my posts! Look on a map and use google to find out where each spot is! Mr. S.
12/12/2014 11:48:01 am
Hi Mr a.l most you .Are you in amystics yet? L can not wait Intel you get back.
12/14/2014 04:03:40 am
Miss you too Mariyah! Mr. S.
Kiya & Kru
12/12/2014 12:03:51 pm
Dear Mr. Szymanski,
12/13/2014 10:22:39 am
Hi Kiya and crew! I would love a dance! Everybody here is so nice and kind. Yes, there are LOTS of funny things! I asked Mr. Sanders to take pictures of the silly things I do!
12/13/2014 09:39:51 am
when are you going to get there?
12/13/2014 10:23:03 am
Keep reading Liga! Miss you! Mr. S.
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Mr. Szymanski is a 7th Grade Math, Reading and Writing Teacher at Gary Elementary school in Chicago, IL He is bringing the world to his classroom with the help of National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions. Here, he chronicles his adventures to Antarctica and South America in December 2014.