Our excited arrival at BA airport soon palled when standing over 2 hours in the line to reach passport control. Yes it was fun chatting to all the people around us finding out what they planned to do but after an overnight flight we were weary. Once through we got to the baggage hall to discover there was no indication of our flight on the carousels so we methodically checked all the bags that had been taken off, clearly so many flights had arrived that the hall was full. Having found them we exited to locate the Holland America transport to the ship. That was well organised and within the hour we reached the port, our bags having been taken in vans to the ship.
In the port terminal we regained our excitement as we were waved through to the boarding lounge upstairs within minutes, only to discover another passport control line to exit Argentina! This one took an hour and a half to reach the front and be allowed through to the buses that would take us to the ship. In all we had 5 hours from landing to boarding the ship, on top of the 14 hours flight and 3 at London Heathrow it made for a very tedious start to the trip.
I had arranged a private tour from the port for 2.30 so we just dumped our travel bags in the cabin and returned to the terminal.
Recently retired from teaching with 40 years experience in many different areas including working in SE Asia and Japan. In my 20s and 30s I backpacked in between posts in Canada, Australia and SE Asia & China. My journals were written in a variety of notebooks and it is wonderful to look back on them and remember the people and places. Now this seems the more logical place to keep my journals and it is great that they can be shared.
I try to upload the blog as I go along but most of the details and photos are added on return home when I have more time and a stronger Internet connection!... full info