Duo Goes to Greenland! ^_^
From one land to the other, discovering realms that might have forever been unknown, singing the song of languages and travelling the whole of the world is something our little green owl has always done and this time has reached to the world of greenery..... Greenland!! :)
Well, got that wrong...Greenland is not really green and this is the very reason why Duo decided to visit and explore the culture in Greenland.
We owls have a characteristic trait of being knowledgeable. So before going to Greenland, I pulled out maps from my library and studied the beautiful country of Greenland.
After knowing where Greenland was located on the world map, I researched more and tried to learn the political and physical maps of Greenland.
All was set, and I decided to fly to Greenland as soon my possible! I wanted to enjoy a flight to Greenland and so, I flew to Helsinki in Finland where I boarded the flight Air Greenland to Greenland.
I arrived at the Nuuk Airport and was actually freezing! I put on my warm clothes and stood right in front of the Nuuk Airport. In the early 1960s, after the establishment of Air Greenland on 7 November 1960 as Grønlandsfly, Nuuk was served exclusively by the PBY Catalina water planes, with the aircraft using the waterways of the Nuuk Port as a landing site.
When I reached Greenland, I heard people calling it Kalaallit Nunaat. Kalaallit Nunaat is the other name for Greenland, and it is taken from the Inuit Languages.
(Flag of Greenland)
Greenland is located between the Arctic Ocean and the North Atlantic Ocean, northeast of Canada and northwest of Iceland. It is very cold in Greenland! So, if you plan on visiting there, do not forget your caps and woollens. Greenland has an Arctic climate with average temperatures that do not exceed 10° C (50° F) in the warmest summer months. The air quality in Greenland is among the best in the world due to the country's geographical position to the high north.
In the southern part of the country and the innermost parts of the long fjords, the temperature can, however, rise to more than 20° C (68° F) in June, July or August.
There aren’t many seasons in Greenland. The spring and autumn seasons in Greenland are very short, and do not last long. The summers also are of a less duration. Winter in Kalaallit Nunaat is extremely cold, ranging between -20 and -25 degree Celsius. If it is windy, the perceived temperature can be as low as -40 degree Celsius. Also, the weather in Greenland can change suddenly. That was all the information I had gathered when I researched. Now, it’s time to experience the real thing!!
My airplane landed on the Kangerlussuaq Airport. It is an airport in the city of Kangerlussuaq. Alongside Narsarsuaq Airport, it is one of only two civilian airports in Greenland large enough to handle large airliners. The Kangerlussuaq area has very few inhabitants, around 500, so few passengers have their origin or destination here. Most passengers change planes.
Soon, my official Greenland trip had begun! There are four municipalities in Greenland; Kujalleq, Qaasuitsup, Qeqqata, and Sermersooq as well as the large Northeast Greenland National Park which is unincorporated.
Administrative divisions of Greenland since 1 January 2009, with municipal centers marked with numbers.
Greenland is a huge land of ice. I enjoyed touring this land and went dog sledding! :)
I enjoyed dog sledding. Next, I went on a hiking tour to Ilulissat Icefjord.
Kayaking was my favourite activity in Greenland. Kayaks are canoes of a type used originally by the Inuit, made of a light frame with a watertight covering having a small opening in the top to sit in. I had posed for this photo which held all my memories of my first kayaking experience.
The natural vegetation and wildlife in Greenland were new experiences to me. I remember that day when I was watching whales while I was flying in the chilly air. Aaaaaaaaand you know what! I had a whale ride!! :)
While touring Greenland, I saw reindeers, polar fox, and muskox and many animals which I had only seen in books!
The Greenland tour would never be complete if I didn’t taste the cuisine and delve deeper into Greenland’s culture.
So, I began my cultural tour with the Greenlandic cuisine..!
I drank Greenlandic coffee after dinner. Greenlandic coffee is a popular after-dinner drink. It typically features hot coffee, whiskey, Kahlúa, Grand Marnier, and whipped cream. Served in a bordeaux glass, the coffee is set on fire before drinking. Those of you who haven’t tasted the Greenlandic coffee yet, it’s time you do so! :)
I also made sure that I learn the Greenlandic language. :) And, I did! :)
I conversed with many native speakers and practised the language until I became fluent! :) I am planning to make a course on Greenlandic soon. Very soon...hopefully, soon. :)
Just in case you are interested in learning the language, I have an interesting table for you! :)
Can you guess the time I had taken this photo?
I had taken the photo at midnight! :)
Don’t believe me? One can see the sun at midnight for five long months!
I returned to Pittsburgh after a month-long absence from the Incubator, filled with dreams to promote the highly descriptive Greenlandic language spoken among the people of Northern lands.
Thank you for sharing those beautiful photographs and your great story. I love travelling - but have not time and money to explore the world. This is a wonderful way to do it! Thanks a lot ❤️
Going to the Arctic Circle to experience the midnight sun and/or polar night is on my bucket list! Greenlandic would be cool.
I worked in Greenland this summer. I was in Kangerlussuaq and Illulisat as well. I went even further north than that. I went to Upernavik and worked there, and later on another island two hours north of Upernavik. I tried to learn some Greenlandic but it was extremely hard. Most of the words are just the bad words plus few neutral words.
I can add that I drank a lots of coffee (since I needed it for work). I wasn't really a huge fan of their coffee. As a Swede I'm used to drink stronger coffee. At least it wasn't as weak as American coffee.
I will try to add a link to my photos from Greenland. I hope it will work now. https://www.facebook.com/isak.nygren.3/media_set?set=a.10153945860513218.1073741844.687023217=1=2e6b5eeef7
What a nice idea. Duo is traveling.around the world. Very beautiful pictures. And great Information about Greenland. Thank you for this great job.
This is great, Anne! I think that Duo is very cute trying to look cool wearing sunglasses. :) For everyone else, if you want to make a Duo goes to and need help, contact me or Anneysha. :)
Hey! I don't know whether or not your activity stream is working so I thought I'd ask it here (and it works out well, since this is the Greenland post).
I'd like to make a "Duo goes to Nunavut" post. Would you be able to do the graphics for me if I send you the photos I'd like?
Also, it's probably easier to reply here than on my stream, since I can't access mine.
Sounds cool. I can add Duo in the pictures for you, but I do not know more about making graphics. What about Duo goes to Zambia? Have you given up on it? :)
I have, yes. Here are the pictures I'd like Duo added to (anywhere in the picture is fine):
Did Duo get to speak to the whale while he was riding it? Wonderful job. Thank you for sharing Greenland.
Great job! Loving the whale-riding with the sunglasses. And that's one heck of a word in the national anthem -* utoqqarsuanngoravit * ...
Absolutely fantastic. Thank you so much for this story and the great pictures! It really makes my day(s).