I don't have a good track record on going back to places - at the end of lots of trips I can be heard saying "I must go back there". The reality is that the attraction of things and places I haven't seen often, even usually, over-rides the lure of the familiar. The other problem is that if a holiday is really good, there is the risk (perhaps more percieved rather than real) that the repeat visit won't be as good and the memories of the first perfect trip will some how be sullied.
In early 2009 I spent an excellent two weeks in the Falklands, and this month I've just spent another fantastic two weeks island hopping in the Falkland Islands. In some ways this was a repeat of the 2009 trip, the key differences being that I opted to come south via Chile rather than using the MoD air-bridge from Brize Norton, and I've come much earlier in the southern hemisphere summer. The birds are either sitting on eggs or are tending to small chicks rather than contempating their autumn migrations.
Even as I sit contemplating South Georgia, I can't help thinking about when I'll be able to get back to the Falklands and what I'd want to do on that trip. Maybe February?
Logistics and thanks. I flew into the Falklands with LAN Chile via Santiago, and my local arrangements were sorted by Arlette Bloomfield at Falkland Island Holdays. In Darwin I stayed with Graham and Fiona Didlick at Darwin House. On Sea Lion Island I stayed at the Sea Lion Lodge with Jenny Luxton, on Carcass stayed with Lorraine and Rob McGill, and finally I stayed with Arlette Betts at Lafone House in Stanley. The UK end of the arrangements were made via Sue Grimwood at Steppes Travel. Thanks to every one who's looked after me over the last couple of weeks, without exception the accommodation and hospitality has been wonderful - and the food, in terms of both quality and quantity just amazing.
(Pictures eventually added in mid-January...)
UPDATED 18/01/2012: More pictures are now online on Picasa and Flickr