Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Argentina: Happy New Year from El Fin del Mundo

Here`s raising a champagne toast to all of our friends and family in the New Year. May 2008 bring loads of love, joy, belly laughs, potlucks, good health, great happiness, peace, and much time spent together.

We rang in the New Year from the town of Ushuaia, which enjoys much recognition as being the southernmost town in the world. In truth, there`s another Chilean village, Puerto Williams, twenty miles south of Ushuaia, but who are we to argue with the Argentine Post Office that stamps your passport with an End of the World stamp?

The oddest thing about being this far south is that it stays light out really late. Never before have we raised a midnight toast without it being dark out. We clinked ridiculously overpriced beers with a friendly couple from Alaska in an Irish bar (yep, the world`s most southern one) to celebrate. But it didn`t seem right to not drink champagne, so we popped open the bottle in our hostal mini-bar (decadent!) and watched Mork and Mindy reruns in Spanish. Dreary as that sounds, it was actually quite fun.

Ushuaia is the jumping off point for Antarctica adventures, and our plan is to try and smuggle aboard a luxury yacht headed for icebergs. Barring that, we`ll likely rent a tent and camp out amidst scattered rainstorms in Tierra del Fuego.

Happy Happy New Year! Feliz Año Nuevo!

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