If you’re familiar with outback culture, then just take away about 35 degrees [celcius] and replace miles of red earth with ditto of sea. What’s the same are the harsh terms provided by nature, the closeness of community, the distance between communities, the struggle to make ends meet and the tension and conflicting lifestyles between the aboriginals and the “colonists”.
Nuuk reminded me of a cross between Darwin and Alice Springs. Nuuk is slightly smaller than Alice, but has some of the large town architecture and admin focus of Darwin. It’s definitely frontier territory and with that cultural schism that is so marked in Alice.
These moving words were shared to me by an Australian photographer who visited Greenland. Don’t they just evoke something from you? It’s a story of survival!
Turns out my photographer friend isn’t the only one to observe similarities between the two landscapes.
Tonight over dinner, I learnt from my resident Antarctica guru and friend Andrew that many a restless explorer who had conquered a polar ice cap had then moved on to venture across the Australian desert. I guess it makes sense, hey? If you’re crazy enough to cross one, you’re probably crazy enough to survive the other.
Legendary Polar personalities (haha, excuse the pun) such as Mawson, Madigan, Rymill and Wilkins have all written chapters in their journals describing how utterly desolate and foreboding both environments are, and consequently, how similar they feel.
Question: Does Greenland remind you of any another place? Are you able to compare it with anywhere else you’ve ever been? Do let me know if so, I’d love to hear more.