For those of you who don’t remember your grade school history and geography lessons, the Drake Passage is the 800 kms (500 mi) wide passage between Cape Horn, Chile and Livingston Island is the shortest crossing from Antarctica to the rest of the world's land. There, the otherwise unimpeded waves of the vast Southern Ocean squeeze through the relatively narrow and shallow bottleneck of the Drake Passage, and in the process, generate complicated, unpredictable and often brutal weather. Violent, chaotic, notorious: these are common words used to describe the weather in the Drake Passage. Unpredictable is another. Antarctica is out there, and you can’t really appreciate that unless you sit on a long, bumpy, uncomfortable boat ride with nothing to look at but the gray rolling waves from horizon to horizon. And that makes it all the more wondrous when you spot your first iceberg . . . and your first glimpse of frozen land!
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