NEKO HARBOR & ALMIRANTE BROWN

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BIG ONE


"FIRST YOU FALL IN LOVE WITH ANTARCTICA, AND THEN IT BREAKS YOUR HEART." - KIM STANLEY ROBINSON, the line of his book ANTARCTICA



ICEBERGS!!!!!! I AM IN ANTARCTICA....WOO HOOO....IT FINALLY HIT ME!!!



I woke up by my mum at 3am she yells, "MEL WAKE UP THERE ARE ICEBERGS!!!!!" OMG jumped out of my bed. The window is above us.  I just rolled over. WOW what a view of snow covered mountains. It was amazing. I went back to bed for another hour then I got ready to go outside to take photos. I just worn my boat pants, beanie, UGG boats, expedition jacket and my polar fleece. I made sure my battery is charged up. I brought my binoculars as well.                 `

 

What a beautiful morning.

MY FAVE PHOTO OF THE DAY
I went to deck 7 and I saw fresh snow as I opened the door. I see we had a nice layer of snow last night.  I took some photos of the lovely view. WOW what a magical view. I can even describe the view I AM IN ANTARCTICA!!!!!!!

 

I walked past the pile of snow. I was tempted to make a snow angel or something. HAHAHAHAHA.  I just bend down in both knees and I started to build a snowman or 2 HEHEHEHE. I just needed some eyes and mouth. I ran downstairs to the dining area to grab some meatballs for the eyes and crackers for the mouth.  I ran upstairs to create my masterpiece. I built my first snowman. It has been awhile since I built a snowman.  While I was making my snowman, I hear people in the background saying AWWWW how cute And I hear giggles.

 

I made 2 snowmen. There was a group of Chinese about 16 of them in a group.
MY FAVE PHOTO OF US :)
One of them was taking photos of me making my snowman and also with it. I stayed around until to make sure the meatballs don't fall off.  More people took photos of it and with it. so I took photos of them doing it HAHAHAHA.

 

I went downstairs to eat breakfast. Unfortunately while I was eating, Anja announced that we could not land at Neko harbor, which Is the mainland of Antarctica. I was looking forward to land there and slide there.  I was very bummed. I hope we try to land another day since we plan to go on the same route going back to Ushuaia.  The waves were too rough for the polar cirkels to have us land and it is very cloudy.  I saw them outside cruising around the boat to see if they can take us safely.

 

There are so many icebergs. It was so beautiful with the blue tint.
ME AND MY SNOWMEN
  I just photos of Almirante Brown Antarctic Base (64 51' S, 62 54' W) is an Argentine Antarctic base named after Admiral Guillermo Brown, the father of the Argentine Navy. This Argentine station in Paradise Bay, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful settings in Antarctica, was burned down in 1984 by a disturbed member of the overwintering party just as the last supply ship was leaving for the season. He apparently wanted to avoid the overwintering, and figured that if the station burned down he could get home sooner. He did. The base has been partially rebuilt, but is occupied only in the summer season.

We could not land there as well. it was too icy and steep. I only to photos of the abandon building with a rookery of gentoos surrounding it, you can hear them sing.  I could only see them with my binoculars.  You can see penguin highways.
ICEBERG DEBRIS
It was beautiful. I wish I could land. I am dying to get out of this boat.

 

I just hung out around the boat to check out if there are any wildlife on the icebergs and if we are lucky whales and seals. There are plenty of petrels and gulls following us. They are too fast to take photos. I need  a DSLR for that. I was just able to admire them with my binoculars.

 

HISTORY OF NEKO HARBOR

 

Neko Harbour is a harbour in Antarctica on Andvord Bay, situated on the west coast of Graham Land. It is one of only two venues used for cruise ships to stop on the continent; the other is Paradise Bay.

 

Neko Harbour was discovered by Belgian explorer Adrien de Gerlache in the early 20th century. It was named for a Norwegian whaling boat, the Neko, which operated in the area between 1911 and 1924.

 

LOOKING FORWARD TO LEMAIRE CHANNEL, PETERMANN ISLAND, AND VERNADSKY!!!!


jynmarino says:
Very kind of you to share your adventures:) How cool to say you've been to Antarctica! Lucky you:)
Posted on: Mar 15, 2013
viafia says:
Hi as I am preparing to go here in the coming 'Antarctic winter', I came across your Blog and it is fun to read! Hope to enjoy the trip as much as you did!
Posted on: Aug 28, 2011
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BIG ONE
BIG ONE
MY FAVE PHOTO OF THE DAY
MY FAVE PHOTO OF THE DAY
MY FAVE PHOTO OF US :)
MY FAVE PHOTO OF US :)
ME AND MY SNOWMEN
ME AND MY SNOWMEN
ICEBERG DEBRIS
HUGE ICEBERG
ICEBERG AT 3AM
ICEBERG AT 3AM
MORE AT 4AM
MORE AT 4AM
ANTARCTICA!!!!!
ANTARCTICA!!!!!
LONG SHOT
LONG SHOT
SNOW!!!!!
SNOW!!!!!
MORE SNOW!!!!
MORE SNOW!!!!
:)
:)
:)
:)
BLUE!!!
BLUE!!!
ALMIRANTE BROWN
ALMIRANTE BROWN
MY SNOWMEN
MY SNOWMEN
BY ME :)
BY ME :)
ME :)
ME :)
NOT PENGUINS!!!
NOT PENGUINS!!!
PEOPLE TAKING PHOTOS WITH IT
PEOPLE TAKING PHOTOS WITH IT
ADMIRING IT :P
ADMIRING IT :P
SMILE :)
SMILE :)
MEATBALLS I USED
MEATBALLS I USED
EYES AND MOUTH
EYES AND MOUTH
TOO ROUGH TO LAND
TOO ROUGH TO LAND
CHECK IT OUT!!!!
CHECK IT OUT!!!!
OOPS MOUTH FELL
OOPS MOUTH FELL
YES WE ARE....
YES WE ARE....
:P
:P
OOOOO BIG ONE
OOOOO BIG ONE
SIZE OF A BUILDING
SIZE OF A BUILDING
MASSIVE
MASSIVE
VERY WINDY
VERY WINDY
EEEEEEEEEEEK THEY HAD BABY!!!
EEEEEEEEEEEK THEY HAD BABY!!!
SHOVELING SNOW
SHOVELING SNOW
HAHAHAHAHA
HAHAHAHAHA
WORK WORK WORK
WORK WORK WORK
CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN
CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN
WE ARE HERE!!!!
WE ARE HERE!!!!
WE ARE HERE...
WE ARE HERE...
LEAVING NEKO HARBOR
LEAVING NEKO HARBOR
Neko Harbor
photo by: xander_van_hoof