The Arctic Tern spends six months of the year in the Arctic and the other 6 months in the Antarctic. I'm beginning to feel like an Arctic Tern....
Meanwhile, World Cup Fever is sweeping parts of Stanley, the normally quiet capital of the Falkland Islands.
|Chile and Spain fans celebrating the new order....|
But there seems to be a widespread upsurge in skill, pride and nationalism across Latin America, which is resulting in many European teams being surprised. I don't have any photos of England, or Italian, fans celebrating..... (Being Scottish, I am quietly celebrating Scotland beating Argentina at Rugby last week!)
|HMS Clyde, with tug in tow|
The other major event happening around Stanley is the Midwinter Swim, although not much swimming goes on. It's more a gentle trot into the waves at Surf Bay, then a sudden realisation that the human body cannot survive long at those temperatures, followed by a sprint back to the beach and the burning braziers.
|Air Temperature 5C, sea temperature, 2C|
|Dawn approaching at 8.38|
This is an aspect of life here that few tourists get to enjoy. Most tourists visit in the summer as part of an Antarctic cruise. Midnight sun is all very well, but the stars and the sunsets can be amazing, too.
Lastly, but certainly not least, the Falkland Islanders commemorated Liberation Day on June 14th, marking 32 years since the islands were liberated from the Argentine invasion force. Several small ceremonies were also held, including one to salute those who died on HMS Glamorgan on 12th June 1982
|HMS Glamorgan memorial|
As is often said here, "WE WILL REMEMBER THEM".