ANTARCTICA CRUISING – DAY 1

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ANTARCTICA CRUISING – DAY 1

After a restful night’s sleep we woke up to find ourselves cruising the northernmost islands and islets of Antarctica – with weather overcast, drizzly sleet and poor visibility.  Two hours later the situation changed – visibility dropped to less than 1/2 mile and the drizzle had turned to snow. It is nearly impossible to see icebergs floating by, the wind is blowing and the sea had large whitecaps – but for some reason the ship is sailing incredibly smoothly considering what the water looks like.

Here are some photos from the ship showing today’s weather:

The soupy sea, with a berg floating by, from the 11th story Dining Room on the ship.  Raindrops are turning into snow…..

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The ship’s pool deck is wet from melting snow, nobody’s out, steam is rising from the small pool. 

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IT’s COLD OUTSIDE ! ! !

Just how cold?

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THAT COLD ! !

A perfect day for writing a travel blog….

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while someone finishes off ANOTHER pair of socks:

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Last year our first day of cruising brought us photos of the icebergs that looked like these:

You can see an iceberg we sailed by in the background:

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Here is a small berg floating by a land mass:

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The photo below is part of a land mass with a small chunk of iceberg in the water at the far right.  The green color is from algae the exist in the Antarctic. They are washed by the waves into the water where they become food for krill, tiny reddish pink shrimp-like creatures that are found in abundance in Antarctic waters and that are eaten by all fish and mammals who live here.  The reddish-pink color on the white snow is….er….penguin poop….after having eaten a lot of krill, penguins leave this sign of their presence.  In Antarctica, the saying is, “Never eat the pink ice.”.

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Speaking of icebergs:

An Asian guy and a Jewish guy are the only two passengers riding an elevator up to the top of the Empire State Building.      Suddenly the Jewish guy turns to the Asian guy and says to him, “I hate you Chinese people.”

The Chinese guy asks the Jewish guy, “Why do you hate us?

The Jewish guy replies, because you bombed Pearl Harbor.”

The Chinese guy says, “WE didn’t bomb Pearl Harbor.  The JAPANESE bombed Pearl Harbor !”

The Jewish guy replies, “Chinese, Japanese – what’s the difference….”

The Chinese guy then turns to the Jewish guy and says, “I hate you Jewish people.”

The Jewish guy asks the Chinese guy, “Why do you hate us Jews?”

The Chinese guy says, “Because you sunk the Titanic.”

The Jewish guy says to the Chinese guy, “WE didn’t sink the Titanic.  An ICEBERG sunk the Titanic !”

The Chinese guy turns to the Jewish guy and replies, “Iceberg, Goldberg, what’s the difference…”

 

 

For those who are still confused:

This is an Iceberg:

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And this is a  Goldberg::

Ezy in Combat Gear (2)

Ezra (Ezy) Goldberg, soldier and Nina’s son-in-law

 

Afternoon Update:

Not only has the weather not improved since this morning, but the winds are now gale force and the snow is blowing horizontally outside and across the ship decks.

Into this environment we now remember someone’s definition of insanity:  doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.  To this definition we add: going for a swim today in the Antarctic.  Yes, someone in the ship’s Entertainment Dept. has come up with the idea that a Polar Bear Swim in the midst of the Antarctic is somehow fun.  This insanity was offered last year as “entertainment” as well, and if you can believe it, there were “takers” then and earlier today, too.  At least last year the weather was warmer, the sky was clear, there was no wind. Not so today.  When I was offered the opportunity to “take an Antarctic swim” I politely declined.  I’m not chicken: I’m just not insane.  And it’s SNOWING and SLEETING!!!

But here are some photos taken an hour ago, in 3 degree centigrade weather, of today’s Darwin Award winners:

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The white streaks in the photos are blowing snow…..

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Warm-up time in the hot tub…..

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A quick thaw out…..

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And we’re done for the day…..

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