Published: January 13th 2013
January 9th 2013
Well, this is the last day of our cruise per se, a day at sea on the way to the port of Valpariso, Chile. We will have a day in Valpariso and then will head home from Santiago.
We sleep in a bit. In the morning, we receive instructions on disembarkation procedures for tomorrow. As mentioned, we have booked a bus tour that will take us through Valpariso and the surrounding area and eventually deposit us at the airport in Santiago.
Today we attend three lectures: the history of scurvy, bird ringing (or banding), and magic. The latter deserves some explanation. Devlin, the magician who entertained us previously, puts on an afternoon workshop on simple magic tricks or "actions," as he calls them. He shows us nine different tricks, demonstrating each one first and then explaining how it's done. Each is extremely simple once explained, but quite mystifying when expertly executed by a practiced prestidigitator. Very interesting and entertaining, and something I'd like to try myself when I have time.
The early evening is spent packing. Dinner is once again excellent. We throroughly enjoy chatting with our dinner companions, a couple from Holland. The entertainment show is split between Devlin, who notably extricates himself from a strait jacket right before our eyes, and guitarist Francis Diatschenko. Very enjoyable. After the show we finish packing and put our bags outside the cabin. There's no denying that we feel sad that this amazing voyage is nearing its end.