There are approximately 2500 people here on the islands. This makes it similar in size to a village in the UK and therefore there are social expectations far removed from the silence, smartphone-glaring and eye contact avoidance of a London tube train, for example.On a day to day basis there’s the hellos and waving at all you pass on the road, but there also comes with this a surprising number of events and social occasions that we find ourselves attending. In the past few weeks Han had her first opportunity to visit His Excellency the Governor’s official residence at Government House for an evening celebrating the Spanish language (no, neither of us speak Spanish but it’s not what you know…) where two Doctor friends of ours were performing some readings and we were treated to some free drinks and tapas:
Following that, the perks of being a History teacher saw us invited to the opening of the new Shackleton exhibition at the excellent Stanley Historic Dockyard Museum featuring some items borrowed from South Georgia (the closest we’ve got so far, sadly):
We’ve also, as mentioned, had the Liberation Day celebrations, which involve a parade at the 1982 Memorial followed by several hours of free food and drinks supplied by the Government in the Town Hall for the whole of Stanley to attend (and, of course, private events througout the day). We took the opportunity to also visit the Liberation Room (the site of the surrender) and the Museum again for some apt historic intake:
While we were at the Museum with some new arrivals to the islands we did one of the many things that you just wouldn’t be allowed to do in so many other places; we picked up the key to the Cape Pembroke Lighthouse and took a sunny walk out to the Eastern-most point in the Falkland Islands:
It is telling that, in previous trips to Cape Pembroke, we’ve come across a small group of elephant seals and the occasional sea lion and none were to be seen this time around; Winter sees so much of the wildlife leave that only the gentoo penguins really stick around to be seen. Thankfully, our concerns about there not being much to see and do over Winter are so far proving unfounded.
New experiences have been a consistent theme of our time here and that continued last weekend, but that’s a story for another day.