It is almost 10pm and the sun is working it's artistic magic. Gone are the oranges seen at the higher latitudes now replaced with soft blues, along with soothing pinks and purples.
On board the Ioffe is an Argentine Pilot Captain who is navigating us along the historically disputed boundaries of the Beagle Canal. On one side lies Chile and the other, Argentina.
The important sea passages here was once so disputed that it took the intervention and threat of excommunication by Pope John Paul to get both sides to reach an agreement.
Here a piano is available just in case Billy Joel or Sir Elton John comes on board.
The Ioffe is now on it’s own.
Nonetheless, I feel confident with the remaining crew as the we head out to open seas.
With Carlos from Colombia serving as Alcohol And Snack Ambassador, a small but notable crowd from countries like Germany, Taiwan, Bolivia and The US have gathered for brief international talks and drinks.
Proper introductions are made and possible agendas discussed before the meeting is adjoined.
This is less than seven hours away as I head to my upper bunk bed.