We’re here! The five of us landed safe and sound last night. Our flight from Scotia, NY was quite memorable. At one point, I looked out of the plane’s window and recognized some huge wind farms – I immediately knew we were flying over Cap-Chat, in Quebec! It was great to recognize a part of the landscape from my home province. A few minutes later, I was lucky enough to get a personal tour of the flight deck! The island, faintly seen on the right, is Anticosti.
Arriving in Greenland was incredible! As the only one of the group who’s a newbie to all things Kangerlussuaq, everything seemed so different to me. Having spent the past few days in Hanover, it was a great relief from all the humidity and the heat to come to nice, cool air.
As we all walked across town this morning to grab breakfast, I began to get a real feel for the landscape: massive, beautiful rolling hills that seemed to shoot up from the ground and touch the sky surrounded us. The more I looked around, the more I noticed life all around me, from a few pesky mosquitoes, to the vivid pink of the niviarsiaq (Greenland’s national flower), to tiny shrubs growing along the way. Upon hearing of my upcoming travels, many of my friends wondered if anything grows in the Arctic, an assumption many people have. One visit to Greenland will change all of that.
I can also really see myself getting used to 24 hours of daylight. I was still unpacking hours after we had arrived, unaware that it was already 11:30PM! As a person who loves light and sunshine, Greenland in the summer is the perfect place for me.
Julia and I have spent most of today planning and prepping for our first field stint. We bought groceries for lunch, and I accidentally bought what I thought was a yogurt smoothie – but ended up being whipped cream. Oops! Better get caught up on my Greenlandic.
In a few hours Julia and I will be out on the field. I’m excited!