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At sea -- Happy Valentine's Day!
Antarctica - pure awe for 19 days...

Layers of paint on old shipLayers of paint on old ship (Peyton McCollum)
The first of three consecutive days at sea, Valentine's Day was quite uneventful. I found the severe rolling of the ship to be soothing and took many naps on our sea days. It was just so cozy! These days were when the friendships really flourished. We had a library/computer area on top deck, movies and lectures in the bar lounge, lectures in the dining hall, good bird viewing up on the bridge with the captain, and a tiny movie room for DVDs up on top. You had to steady yourself, and your constant hot tea, for huge swells. Taking the stairs was particularly fun as you 100% HAD to use both railings at all times. We all closed the night with a showing of Life in the Freezer, rather appropriate! Note all outer decks were closed for our sea passing given the weather and crazy rolling and pitching... showers weren't really a safe option either...

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