Thursday, May 9, 2013


Arrival in Ushuaia, Argentina, watercolor, 4x6in
South American Cruise series # 34

After cruising along the Beagle Channel since sunrise, we approached the border between Chile and Argentina mid-morning, arriving in Ushuaia, the Southernmost city in the world, at noon on February 27th. The wind, the clouds sliding in the sky, a wild West setting, home-made houses, colorful, timeless, this is Ushuahia.  The architecture is uneven, chaotic at times. The Beagle Channel created a frontier and a passage. The port/harbour of Ushuaia is exempted from taxes, so it is filled with many factories. Thirty years ago, Ushuaia was only a town. Why do people stay? Why do others come? At the end of the world, swept by winds, with an average temperature of 41 degrees Farenheit throughout the year, Ushuaia can have four seasons in the same day!

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