I wish I got a dollar (or ten kroners) for every time someone organised a future indoor event with this caveat: ‘if the weather is good then our plans are cancelled’. I could be soooooo much the richer, simply for the love of sailing!
Newsflash: the world doesn’t orbit the sun
If you ever come to live in Greenland, you’ll soon begin to realise that the world doesn’t revolve around the sun. No, life’s orbit has a wetter path; it’s centred on getting out on a boat! It’s THE way to pass time for many people here, at least in their version of summer.
Beating the Poms in their weather-talk
Here more than anywhere else I’ve ever been, including the land of the whinging Poms (England), weather is so important. The whole city is affected, literally. If it’s too windy the buses get cancelled, and a quarter of the city residents can’t come into work. If it’s great weather, meaning sun shining and no wind, everyone goes out sailing. Or hiking. Or fishing or hunting. Or all the aforementioned in one trip. The ones who can’t get out of work just dream about it.
Sail to freedom
Good weather and sailing come hand in hand. Perhaps it’s a signifier of freedom, since sailing allows people to get out of the small city and to explore more nature. The fjords and the other islands aren’t that far away, but it’s not like you can swim or drive there in a car.
The most important part of the daily news
On an amusing aside, a friend told me that even just a few years ago, the first thing announced on the radio news was not current affairs, but the weather forecast. Since it was the most important piece of information to know. That’s been changed since, but there was much resistance to moving the weather forecast to the end of the news clip.
Now that’s weather for thought.
- A sailing adventure to the abandoned fishing village of Kangeq (thefourthcontinent.com)
- How to dress for a hike in the Arctic summer / spring (thefourthcontinent.com)
- Go sailing (visitgreenland.com)