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Pole to Pole

Day 137: Punta Arenas

Michael Palin - Pole to Pole'So . . . we're not going in today?' I ask Bruce.

'We're definitely not going today.'

'Tomorrow?'

Bruce shrugs. 'I'll come over here at about 7.15 tomorrow morning . . . we'll make a decision by 7.30.'

I must be looking at him like a dog waiting for its dinner. He doesn't want to disappoint me but he can't bear me looking at him like that.

'It's very common to have five- to ten-day delays, with the weather . . . not to put you off.'

Back to the Cabo do Hornos with its plaintive sign in the elevator: 'Please Push Only One Time the Button'. I'm in limbo-land. All dressed up and no Pole to go to. We visit a nearby penguin colony but a fierce storm hits us and Nigel is unable to film.

An early night after a bad paella. Lie awake worrying about footling things. What happens if we're stranded there until Christmas? Did I buy enough underpants? Is Mercury still in retrograde?
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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Pole to Pole
  • Day: 137
  • Country/sea: Chile
  • Place: Punta Arenas
  • Book page no: 304

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