Saturday, January 27, 2007

The Lost Islands

I spent the first three weeks of January in Ushuaia, Argentina, where the eastern half of the waterfront is given over to a park honoring the Lost Islands--what Argentina calls the Malvinas, and Britain knows as the Falklands. The park's main feature is a negative sculpture, with an absence where the islands should be, so that you stand on the gravel and look through the holes to the eastern approach to the Beagle Channel. It's very affecting. Here's a photo, taken on a rare sunny day.

Ushuaia is the provincial capital of "Tierra del Fuego, Antartida, y Los Islas del Sur" with the last phrase referring to the Falklands, South Georgia, and the South Sandwich Islands. You only think they're British!


At 9:01 AM, Blogger David J. Betz said...

I'm not expert on this, but that hasn't caused me to hold back before. Yes, they're British islands. See any Argentinians there? Case closed.


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