We gather in the Oceanus Lounge to listen to the expedition staff present power point lectures on a variety of subjects. During the Drake Passage crossing these can be up to four times a day.
The seats are comfy, the room is warm if not stuffy and if it is during the Drake Passage crossing, the audience is all sleepy due to seasickness tablets. A captive if not difficult audience.
So far I have heard fascinating info on sea birds, seals, geological formations and history of the Antarctic area.
Surprise: I didn’t come here with the expectation of learning about Antarctica History – yet the place is full of it. The huts and the human stories of survival and expedition that surround them have really caught my imagination.
My reason for wanting to come to Antarctica was because of its remoteness. So it should have been of no surprise for me to learn of the expeditions, the hunger and the desperation. Yet these and the drive to conquer to know and to understand is astonishing to me.
The re-caps, which occur at the end of each day – before dinner, have been a great treat to me. The staff present in about 5 minutes each about what we have seen and experienced during that day.
Disappointment: The staff presentations are not put onto the CD that we all receive at the conclusion of the trip. This is a disappointment for me not only because I would like to have access to the information, but also as the staff have prepared these in limited time as a direct response to the day’s events.
The crew is all studying these fields in various forms and at various levels and are very knowledgeable. Their presentations vary in degrees of sophistication and audience engagement – and I believe that I wouldn’t have passed all of them if they were in my class. Never – the – less they are great to listen to and be a part of.
New information: Antarctica used to be covered in forest; it wasn’t always totally icy.