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Published: December 26th 2009
The southern most city in the world
Although the location implies that we are in El Calafate, we will end up in Punta Arenas today via Ushuaia. We left El Calafate today, our favorite place so far, for Punta Arenas. On our way to Punta Arena we stopped in Ushuaia. Ushuaia is the southern most city in the world. The weather was quickly moving into Ushuaia so it was wise to keep our visit short if we wanted to make it to our next destination. It was not as cold as one might expect, although it was very windy. We had just enough time to snap some photos at the airport and then hop back on board. But how many people can say they have been to the southern most city in the world on Christmas of all days?
When we arrived in Punta Arenas today the wind was whipping like I have never seen before. The blades were spinning without any power to the plane engines. Warren and Junior decided it would probably be a good ideas to cover the engines so they were not spinning for the next few days. Junior left us at the airport to head back home to
spend time with his family. Brian, another pilot, will be meeting us here in the next few days.
It was about a 20 minute ride into Punta Arenas from the airport. Unfortunately, Warren and I are on our own now with trying to speak the language. Warren knows some Italian, which is sometimes simiar to Spanish, and I know "hospital' Spanish, which consists of body parts and asking if a person has stairs in their home. I think we will be o.k. because between the locals broken English and our broken Italian/hospital Spanish we seem to be managing.
When we arrive at our hotel it is was a tiny little doorway across from a park. Warren and I looked at eachother without words but seemed to read eachothers minds. I think we were both thinking, "is this really it?". When we entered the lobby, it was beautiful. The hotel was almost a whole city block above the neighboring storefronts. We were greeted with our room key and a welcome drink certificate. We ended up in a corner room with a view of the park and oceanfront. After a call to home to wish a Merry Christmas to the
family we headed downstairs for our welcome drink.
For Christmas dinner we went to a restaurant I had found on the internet, La Luna. It was highly praised for it's King Crab dishes. If you are a fan of the "Deadliest Catch", King Crab may sound familiar. Punta Arenas is almost the same latitude as Dutch Harbor on the opposite side of the Equator. Punta Arenas is a major producer of King Crab because of the cold waters.
Christmas dinner was very tasty. La Luna in known for it's King Crab "chupe'. It is King Crab baked with cheese and sauces in a clay style bowl. We enjoyed our dinner with the La Luna Reserva house wine. It was similar to a Sangiovese. We are back in the hotel and ready to call it a night.
We would like to wish all of our friends and family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We miss you all and will be seeing you soon. Keep up with us on our blog and feel free to leave comments. We love you!
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