Day 25...Cruise to South America...Ushuaia..."End of the world, beginning of everything"...


Ushuaia is a seaport and resort town.
We were bundled up in Ushuaia in the cold air. 

The sign reads, "fin del mundo," the end of the world.
 "Sightings from the Veranda while Cruising"
In Ushuaia, this was the first loon we'd seen since our old lives in Minnesota.
In 37 days, we'll be returning to Ushuaia to board Ponant's Le Soleil to begin our 17-day journey to Antarctica.  As we perused the colorful and unusual city known as the "end of the world" we found ourselves particularly interested in the seaport community.

An expedition ship preparing to set sail to Antarctica.  Soon, we'll be on such a ship.
We couldn't stop smiling as we wandered through the town, entranced by its unique beauty and charm.  At times, I found myself squealing with delight while Tom reveled along with me in a more sedate manner.  Guys don't usually squeal.  But, I found doing so irresistible.
It's almost summer in Ushuaia but it was cold and the mountains are still snow-capped.
We didn't need a specific ship's tour to get the flavor of the port city as we walked the level and hilly streets of the town, stopping to peer inside unique shops, restaurants, and businesses.

"Construction of the national penitentiary in Ushuaia began in 1902 when there were already a dozen prisoners living in wood and tin huts. The convicts sentenced to the penitentiary in Ushuaia were dangerous repeat offenders and political prisoners sent down from jails in Buenos Aires province."
The local people are friendly, never failing to nod and smile when passing us on the street.  The workers at the port were equally friendly and accommodating while passengers walked passed, often interrupting their work in loading and unloading food and supplies for various seafaring ships preparing to set sail.

Mountains surround the town.
With both of us possessing an affinity for the sea, this outing was of the utmost interest. For a moment, I fantasized about staying in this town for a period of time but the winters are bitterly cold and snowy.  Even now, with their summer looming in a few days, it was outrageously cold.  I guess this type of weather isn't for us for the long haul.
Most of the town is centered around seaport enterprises.
Here is information about Ushuaia from this site:

"Ushuaia (/ˈʃw.ə/Spanish pronunciation: [uˈswaʝa]) is the capital of Tierra del Fuego, Antártida e Islas del Atlántico Sur Province, Argentina. It is commonly regarded as the southernmost city in the world. Ushuaia is located in a wide bay on the southern coast of Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego, bounded on the north by the Martial mountain range, and on the south by the Beagle Channel. It is the only municipality in the Department of Ushuaia, which has an area of 9,390 km2 (3,625 sq mi). It was founded October 12 of 1884 by Augusto Lasserre and is located on the shores of the Beagle Channel surrounded by the mountain range of the Martial Glacier, in the Bay of Ushuaia. Besides being an administrative center, it is a light industrial port and tourist hub.
Country Argentina
Province Tierra del Fuego
DepartmentUshuaia
Founded12 October 1884
Founded byCommodore Lasserre ARA
Government
 • TypeMunicipality
 • MayorFederico Sciurano
Area
 • Total23 km2 (9 sq mi)
Elevation23 m (75 ft)
Population (2010 Census[1])
 • Total56,956
 • Density2,500/km2 (6,400/sq mi)
Time zoneART (UTC−3)
CPA BaseV 9410
Area code(s)+54 2901
ClimateET
The word Ushuaia comes from the Yaghan language: ush and waia ("bay" or "cove") and means "deep bay" or "bay to background". The act creating the subprefecture in 1884 cites the name "Oshovia", one of the many orthographic variations of the word.[4] Its demonym is "Ushuaiense".

Another ship, preparing to head to Antarctica.
The name is often pronounced "u-sua-ia" (Spanish pronunciation: [uˈswaʝa]), an exception to the orthographic rules of Spanish, since the 's' forms a syllable with the following 'u' despite the intervening 'h'.The pronunciation"Usuaía" (accented on the 'i') is erroneous: the prosodic accent is on the first 'a', which is why the word is written without an accent mark."

Ushuaia's motto reads: 

"Ushuaia, end of the world, beginning of everything."
An exquisite albatross sculpture.  We especially enjoyed seeing many albatross in the port.
The above-listed website has considerably more information should you desire to learn more than we've listed here.
A totem pole depicting distances to various cities in the world.
What's on the agenda for today?  With only six days remaining until the end of the cruise, today, we'll continue to socialize with people we've already met and others we're yet to meet.  As always, the cruise has been an ideal venue for us to make new friends.

Lupine flowers are commonly seen in spring-time in Ushuaia.  Soon, on December
21st, summer will begin in this part of the world.
Of course, our new friends Lisa and Barry with whom we spent the first 15 days on the cruise are staying in touch as we're all anticipating being together again in the near future.
Bust statue of Argentina's beloved Evita.
Tonight, we're dining in Qsine, an upscale specialty restaurant for which we'll be writing a review and sharing photos tomorrow.  After meeting with Chef Chantal a few days ago, I have no doubt the meal will exquisitely perfect for my way of eating.

The long walk from the ship to the town was highlighted by the many sights and sounds of the bustling port.
See you tomorrow, dear readers and our heartfelt thanks for you continuing with us through yet another 30-night cruise.
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Photo from one year ago today, December 17, 2016:
Wildflowers blooming along a country road in Tasmania.  For more details, please click here.

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