"Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake." -Henry David Thoreau

South America » Argentina » Tierra del Fuego » Ushuaia February 8th 2019

Ushuaia (pronounced oo-swy-ya...H is silent in Spanish) is the most southern city in the world. Met fellow shipmate "Blue," 27 year old Brit at the BA Jorge Newberry Airport and we went thru security together as we were on the same plane. We flew to Ushuaia from BA 2 days ago. Breathtaking vistas of the Andes Mountains. Had the local delicacy fresh King Crab and toured the old prison turned into boat/art museum. Yesterday, 5 of us fellow shipmates went on a thrilling hiking tour of the Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire) National Park with Emilio as our driver and guide. Just awesome beyond words. Got up and personal with the Andes. I am at the Hotel Tierra Leyendas (Land of Legends) writing this blog in a rush to get some photos published. Will write ... read more
At BA Airport
Leaving Argentina Coast of Atlantic Ocean
Over Beagle Channel Coming In for Landing

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires February 5th 2019

How does one do justice to Buenos Aires (BA) when visiting the city of 15 million people in only 4 days and nights? My answer: hire a private tour guide! Prior to arriving in BA, I googled "BA private tour guide" and up came with choices. I wrote to highly rated guide Marcelo Mansilla and he responded right back (he gave me permission to use his whole name if I wrote positive reviews about his tour business, Ha!). It was the best decision I made for making the most of my limited time in BA. I hired him for ½ day right after checking in to my hotel room. This was crucial for me as he showed me the ropes of navigating the city using taxis, buses and when walking alone, especially at night. He ... read more
Hotel Arc Recoleta
Tour Guide and Porteno Marcelo
Eva Peron's Final Resting Place

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires February 5th 2019

It was with mixed feelings that I left home for more than 2 months. It was sad to drop my standard poodle Roman off at Frankie & Bab's Winter Camp (Thank you F&B!!). And after a tearful departure with Mark at the airport, I lugged my now 110 pounds of no-wheel luggage to the check-in counter, checked the 2 duffel bags, and proceeded to the security check point. The guard asked if I had any food products and I said the I had a box of Godiva chocolates. He made me take it out of my backpack and put it on a tray to be X-rayed. He exclaimed, "A box of chocolates!" I explained that, "My flight attendant friend Michele told me to take a box of chocolates and give it to the first flight attendant ... read more
Let the Adventure Begin
Godiva Heaven
And the Winner Is...

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires January 24th 2019

Only 7 days before I fly to "Good Air" Buenos Aires (BA), Argentina! What's not to like about warm 85˚F, sunny and palm trees after snowshoeing in lots of snow and cold? Yikes! Time is flying. I am mostly packed and thankfully will be just within the airline weight limits of 50 pounds per duffel bag. PTL, I fit in all 21 pairs of underwear! LOL. Had to last minute order more packing cubes, the last 4 arriving today. I have been also brushing up on my Spanish, reading a book about using my new 83X telephoto bridge camera, learning my new GoPro camera, learning the names of all of the ship's 30 sails, reading everything I can find about all of the places I am going to be visiting, hiring a BA guide, getting ... read more
A Backpack & 2 Duffel Bags
Europa Sail Plan
Moon December 25, 2018 @ 7:52AM EST

South America » Argentina December 21st 2018

The countdown clock keeps ticking. Now only 41 days until flying to Buenos Aires and I am still as excited as the first day I got accepted! This trip is causing major planning, organizing and purchasing. All of my flights and hotels have been reserved. My voyage has been paid for. I purchased extensive travel insurance for trip, luggage, medical, emergency medical evacuation and life. I got my required immunizations for typhoid fever and flu. My previous immunizations for yellow fever, et al are still good. I have been busy buying Antarctica waterproof/windproof sailing gear, clothes, cameras/cases/batteries/memory cards, water resistant duffel bags & backpack, seasickness meds, goggles, you name it. As the saying goes, "You can do anything with gloves on!" Purchased 4 pairs of waterproof gloves with varying degrees of warmth & dexterity for ... read more
Alien Invasion!
Rosaslovian Changes Into An "Old Salt"

North America » United States October 1st 2018

Welcome to Rosaslovian Travel Blog! Thank you for following along with my latest adventure. OMG, OMG, OMG…exciting news!!! I got accepted as a trainee sailor on the 2 month Cape-to-Cape voyage on the training ship Europa! We will be sailing from Cape Horn, Chile to Cape of Good Hope, South Africa with several stops in Antarctica and many islands along the way. Some interesting stats: Europa is a 3-masted, square rigged, steel-hulled bark, built in 1911 in Hamburg, Germany, registered in The Netherlands, LOA (length over all) 56 m (184’), height 33 m (108'), beam 7.4 m (24'), draft 3.9 m (12'), 2 x 365 HP 6-cylinder Diesel Caterpillar engines, 30 sails (1250 m2, 13,500 ft2), speed 13 knots (24 km/h, 15 mph) and can sail on a 65˚ close hauled course. There are 5.5 ... read more

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