Monday, March 19, 2012
Ushuaia after Antarctica
We are here for seven more days then we will fly back to Toronto. The word ‘flying’ does not seem natural, it feels out of context. Man is not made to fly, right?
For the rest of my remaining life I need to stay in touch with the world around me, do things that seem a lot more complicated than just survival. This is my modern reality.
I am searching for words to describe the feelings I had, yet words fail me. Antarctica is Nature. Ushuaia is 2012.
It seems a long time to stay in a city I do not really love. Ushuaia is all business without beauty.
We knew we were going to be in Ushuaia for a week and had arranged to stay in a one bedroom apartment right after we docked with the Antarctic Dream.
To understand Ushuaia better we visited the old Jail (Carcel de Ushuaia).
After 1947 the first Scientist and Explorers came to town and Ushuaia was set up as a supply spot for anything going to Antarctica. Today Ushuaia is a stop for Cruise ships, both for ships going to Antarctica or for ships going from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean or vise versa. Ushuaia is a Sea Port city, along with all the seediness of it. The former jail, now restored to a
Naturally, being so close to the end of Ruta 3, we had to take the trip to the literal ‘End of the World’.
Argentina built two monster highways, the most westerly, Ruta 40 and the most easterly, Ruta 3. Both highways run the length of the county and are a feat of civil engineering. How could we not travel to the end of the southernmost road on this Earth?
Besides this famous road, the National Park gave us an insight into how the Indigenous People lived here for centuries.
And would you believe it? Carol and I ran into three of the women that were stationed at Port Lockroy on Antarctica!
Sometimes it is a small world; you meet people you know in the most unlikely places. I have wondered often if these chance meetings far away from what one would expect have a special meaning. Is it a cosmic sign? A sign to do what?
And what did it mean that we again met the leaders of the Australian Compass Motorcycle Tours in Ushuaia?
We were stopped for a cup of coffee when those guys walked in, just to shake hands with us. After finishing up with the BMW group we met all along our travels, those leaders are now set to meet new clients here in Ushuaia and guide them back to Santiago de Chile. It is a tough job given what I know about this area and Argentina now; tough for both the riders and the guides to travel by bike to the end of the world and back again.