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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

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SOI Office

Gatineau, Quebec, Canada

Expedition Update - 6:00pm EST

New update from Expedition Leader, Geoff Green. The team has just landed in Ushuaia. They had a spectacular descent over the Andes and down the Beagle Channel! They are off to the hotel to get settled in and launch the education program. We hope to receive a few more photos and journals this evening.

Expedition Update - 2:15pm EST

And they're off! The team is in the air and en route to Ushuaia! Before they left we received photographs from their tour of Buenos Aires which we have posted below.

Upon arrival this evening at 7:15pm Ushuaia time (which is also two hours ahead of EST), everyone will transfer to the Hotel Los Yamanas and check-in to their rooms. By 8:30pm the program includes a delicious feast and the first official expedition debrief with all expedition team members! It will be early to bed as they have a jam-packed day tomorrow of educational programming and walking tours to explore Tierra del Fuego!

We'd also like to take this opportunity to wish staff member Fredda Payne a happy birthday! It was an extra special day for Fredda to return to Buenos Aires where she lived for two years while completing school. HAPPY BIRTHDAY FREDDA!

Staff member Fredda Payne in front of

Eva Peron's remains at La Recoleta Cemetery.
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  Expedition Leader Geoff Green leads an expedition orientation
during the first expedition briefing in Buenos Aires.
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Outreach and Participant Coordinator Niki Trudeau

goes over some logistics with expedition participants
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Pam and Heather flanked by Leah, Becky and other participants
in transit in warm and sunny central Buenos Aires.
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        Laurissa, Camille, Serena Mark, Drew, Shaziana and Pam
enjoy the sites and the sunshine!
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    Students on Ice explore the famous La Recoleta Cemetery
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   Expedition Leader Geoff Green organizes the group in

Ministro Pistarini International Airport
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Dr. Terry and Maggie check group luggage for the flight to Ushuaia

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Participants wait to board their Aerolineas Argentinas flight to Ushuaia
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Expedition Update - 10:45am EST

After a whirlwind morning of landings and collecting luggage, the team enjoyed a lovely tour of the city to stretch their legs and view the sites. Expedition educators and guides even discussed the important relationship between Argentina and Antarctica with the students. The team has just wrapped up their first meeting over lunch at the Hotel Las Americas. The plan for this afternoon is to transfer to the airport and check-in for their flight to Ushuaia! The flight schedule for the group will be a 3:40pm (Buenos Aires time) departure on Aerolineas Argentinas flight 2856 which arrives in Ushuaia at 7:15pm this evening.


Expedition Update - 4:45am EST

Good (and very early) morning!

A quick update to let you know that the Miami group has landed in beautiful Buenos Aires! They are collecting their luggage and await the arrival of the Toronto group, which is scheduled to arrive at 7:20am Buenos Aires time which is 5:20am EST. A reminder to our readers that Buenos Aires is two hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. For question about the actual time of the participants, check out

Once the groups collect their luggage and meet with the Buenos Aires group, the team will enjoy a bus and walking tour of the city and some other educational activities. We hope to receive some photos throughout the day.

Stay tuned...

In the expedition spirit,

The SOI office team


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