We returned to Ushuaia on the morning of March 4th. At the time, we were just becoming aware of Covid and the spread. Most of the passengers were on flights from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires. My cabin mate Laurie and I made our way to the hotel where we first stayed and hung out a bit in their lounge to catch up on technology. We had no internet access through the duration of the trip. We went out for lunch and ran into more folks from our trip. Walked around a bit and enjoyed Ushuaia one last bit. Laurie headed out to the airport first and I stayed and walked around a bit more. I was able to get a taxi to take me to the airport later in the day. When I arrived to the airport I saw a ton of people sitting outside of security. It helps that I speak Spanish, I went to ask at the gate what was going on, and got clarity on flights... I got everyone in line to get through clearance and to our gates. We said our goodbyes, exchanged emails and numbers, and made our way to our gates.
I flew the 4 hours to Buenos Aires and I was met by the same gentleman that had picked me up when I first arrived to BA weeks prior. He drove me to my beautiful hotel. The next day, I found a top restaurant for Argentinian BBQ. It was fantastic! I was able to leave my mark with a commemoration place where I wrote my name with Chris' and my trip. After BBQ, I walked around a bit and came upon a small bookstore where I bought my dad some books in Spanish about Antarctica. I walked around a bit more then found a taxi to take me to my hotel again. I spent some time in the lounge and then my driver picked me up for the last ride to the airport. He dropped me off and we hugged goodbye, he truly made me feel like family. He drives for his son's transportation company, so if you ever need reliable transportation in BA, I highly recommend them.
At the airport, I checked in, went to the lounge and had a bit of time to relax before my flight. I departed at 10pm with a direct flight to LA. I at very little dinner in flight, then I made my bed and slept most of the flight to LA.
At home, the airport was eerily empty. It was really the first time seeing the effects of the Corona virus. In Argentina, airports were full with people trying to get back home. TO see the streets of LAX almost deserted was scary. I was grateful to be home, and thankful to make it back safely. I quarantined to make sure I was healthy, and so grateful I was okay.
Antarctica was the trip of a lifetime, and I cannot recommend it strongly enough! It was the best trip I have ever had.
Have passport, will travel.