This gives me a few minutes to bond with a part of Antarctica history which in some regards we will be reliving in a few hours.
In December 1897, Gerlache, a Belgian Polar Explorer sailed from Ushuaia and was the first expedition to winter over in Antarctica.
I have another mission to accomplish.
Not sure about how we will pass our free time at sea, I make an inquiry about card games available on the ship and get an uncertain answer.
Still with about 20 minutes to spare I leave the waiting area in search of playing cards which become a challenge to find. At several stores there are decks with 40 or 50 cards but not 52.
Unfortunately, I do not have time to learn new games with them. I have already lined up some potential victims (students) to teach “Spades”. On Avenida San Martin I get lucky and find a set of regular playing cards.
Next time I will remember to bring my own and save about three bucks!