December 26, 2014

The expedition team grows in Buenos Aires!

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The Toronto and Miami groups have merged in Buenos Aires! After flying through the night, the Toronto group arrived this afternoon, which gave them a bit of time to explore and relax at the hotel. The Miami group arrived in the evening, just in time to sleep in a comfy bed before getting on another plane early tomorrow morning. Crossing two continents with such a large group is quite the process!
Students in Buenos Aires enjoyed a bit of warm South American weather. When the Toronto group arrived, the sun shining and the afternoon temperature was 24 degrees Celsius (75 F). This is quite the contrast to the Antarctic Peninsula, which has an average temperature of One to two degrees Celsius in January (34 to 36 F).
After settling into their hotel rooms, the Toronto team enjoyed their first sit-down dinner as a team, followed by a short walk to see the iconic Obelisco de Buenos Aires. The Miami group arrived in the evening, and then it was lights out at 10:00pm sharp local time. 
Tomorrow’s agenda includes a 5:00am wakeup call, a 6:00am departure to the airport for the flight to Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world.
We’ve just received a handful of photos from our talented expedition photographer, Lee Narraway, but there will be plenty more of her work displayed on the website and our social media in the coming days. In the meantime, enjoy a mix of cellphone snaps and Lee’s incredible work! (also note, two new photos from Lee have been added to December 25th page)
In the expedition spirit,
The SOI team

The Toronto group’s Buenos Aires arrival!

The Andes from the plane
Touchdown in Buenos Aires!
Geoff and the Toronto group after landing in Buenos Aires  
Made it through customs and out of the airport
 Loading luggage onto the bus bound for the hotel!
Dinner at the hotel
Lots of familiar faces!
In the hotel lobby
Toronto gateway group in front of the Obelisco de Buenos Aires

The Miami team makes the most of their airport delay!

Airports are a great place to start journalling
The team looks pretty enthusiastic despite delays
Getting acquainted 
Touchdown in Buenos Aires!