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Saturday, August 13, 2011

El Fin del Mundo

Ushuaia, at last. For us, the end of the road after 40 000 km (around the Earth!), "El fin del mundo" as has been nicknamed the Argentines. It is considered the southernmost city in the world, even if, once there, we are not talking only of Puerto Williams, Chile, on the other side of the Beagle Channel (the crossing is not yet democratized enough for our liking: USD 200 round trip!). It talks a lot about French in the streets of Ushuaia. No doubt the effect Hulot, but it also crosses a lot of sailors settled there for the season.

We are quite fascinated by the people we meet. To live here one generation a year or a season, you need a good composition and perhaps a "little extra something." No real unity, Ushuaia travelers often disappoints, but its history can not be ignored. For proof, just a few hours in the old prison, now the Museo Maritimo y del Presidio. Time for a rainy afternoon, we let ourselves be carried away by the extraordinary for browsers and convicts who have gone before ...

Ushuaia, "el fin del mundo"? What traveler can accept such a limit? Certainly not the sailors, who instead of Ushuaia the "door of Antarctica and the South Pole." Faced with the yachts that sailed, with images of white desert and marine life that taunting us in displays, we all forget, the price of the cruise, the vagaries of weather Tierra del Fuego, and even my incurable seasickness, to board us too. A dream is just made ​​another emerges: the next challenge, Antarctica?

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