Fellow river traffic in the Chacabuco Channel.
Fairly quiet day today, meeting new people, reading, looking at scenery and eating - there is plenty of food, and it always seems to be mealtime, so don´t think we really needed the extra snacks! Was nice to have a glass of red wine this afternoon, though, because they are a bit short on drinks between meals, unless you want to buy something from the bar. We bought a carton of wine with a screw cap just in case the trip was a bit rough - it was a Clos merlot, and actually quite drinkable. Melissa borrowed a couple of books from the book exchange - finished the Rupert Everett autobiography, and now onto Joan Collins, although seeing as she wrote it in 1977, it´s a couple of husbands out of date! We are slowly cruising through some really lovely waterways which sit within little valleys between the mountains.
A friendly local racing our ferry in the Pulluche Channel.
We go outside for short bursts, because it´s quite cold, but the air is very fresh and clear down here, not like the pollution of Santiago
. Most of the mountains are snow-capped and look wonderful. We haven´t seen a lot of wildlife yet, but we do expect to see a bit further down. We were advised to take our sea-sickness pills at about 2pm, before we headed out into the Pacific Ocean. Not sure if they did much good, though, because once we hit open water it got quite rough and Noel spent most of the time in the toilet! Melissa felt a bit queasy, but luckily wasn´t too bad. We were rolling around a bit, but only one thing fell off a shelf - unfortunately it was Noel´s glass of coke! Saw a film this afternoon about Patagonia. There are also films on at night, if you want to watch them, but we felt much better tonight just lying on our beds with our eyes shut and hoping for the best!