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Day 13— Ushuaia
Argentina Photo Gallery
September 2, 2008

Photographs courtesy Agnes Johnson, Dan & Christina Mortiz, Young Kang, Birgit & Hans Iliew, Patricia Ortiz, JoAnn Rego, Catherine Ohl, Michael O'Connor, R.T. Thompson, Mary Alexander, Danielle Battut, Peggy Knight, Don Brenholt, Nadya Penoff.

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We got a reasonably early start in the morning. We met in the lobby to weigh luggage and store the excess with the hotel. Most of us just loaded up our boot bags, careful to take ski clothes for the expected cold weather. We thought we might ski just so we could say we did it.

Ushuaia was the surprise highlight of the trip. Ushuaia lies at the end of the world in the province of Tierra del Fuego. The first thing we learned, since some of us were really tired of beef, that Ushuaia is famous for their crab and a fish called Merluza (or hake) Negra. This was the most amazing fish. It has a black skin, with a quarter inch layer of fat between the skin and meat. It is so incredibly moist, it just melts in your mouth. We've never tasted anything like it and ate the fish prepared differently every day.

Surprisingly, Ushuaia wasn't all that cold. Unfortunately, their glaciers are melting and will be gone in a few years. It is usually very windy and rains a lot, especially in the summer when the cruise ships stop by. We lucked out with beautiful weather and clear sunny skies.

And finally, and most disappointedly, the penguins had migrated to Brazil and weren't expected back until the following week.


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