Lorraine McGill scanned the South Atlantic Ocean from her window, the morning sun shining in her brown eyes.
"Sometimes they come right up to the garden, and you find the little fellows burrowing under the plants," she said about the playful penguins near her house in the Falkland Islands.
The view wasn't always so tranquil. She recalled an incident three decades ago when an Argentine soldier aimed a gun at her and "gave me such a fright."
Such contradictions aren't unusual in the Falklands, a British territory off the east coast of Argentina.