Saturday, October 05, 2013

Greenland memories: Tasiilaq

Time to rummage through the piles directories of photos from the trip to Greenland in the summer.

As blogged here, we dropped anchor in Tasiilaq at around 3 in the morning when all was still (above) but not quiet as the dogs were awake, barking and howling.
The next day we had a chance to explore this lovely little town of around 2,000 people, the largest community on the east coast of Greenland.

It is very picturesque with brightly coloured houses perched with great views over the fjord and mountains, with unimaginable luxuries like a hotel with showers and wifi, church, shop and take away pizza place.

There was also a small museum outside of which was this large traditional canoe made from seal skin:
It felt a bit of a culture shock to see all these people after having spent two weeks in wilderness with nothing but the odd polar bear.

I remember overhearing a conversation from a tourist complaining that she wanted her latte to come in a glass not a mug and comparing that with our experiences of eating raw whale meat, soaking in a hot spring and towing a yacht out of a ice filled fjord.

It was probably just as well I didn't fly straight back to London as that could have felt overwhelmingly large and noisy.

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