It’s so easy to bump into people in Greenland, even randoms strangers you’ve chatted with online!
This story begins in mid February, when a Korean guy got in touch via Airbnb because he wanted to stay with us while in Nuuk. He introduced himself as a pop columnist/DJ. Unfortunately we haven’t been able to host the last few months, but we agreed that we would have coffee together when he was in town.
Then I forgot about Mr DJ, because one month is a lifetime away in Greenland, and dates are easily broken here!
Flash forward two months later, and I’m sitting with my colleague Mads for breakfast at Hotel Avannaa in Ilulissat, another town in Greenland. It’s famous for its UNESCO icebergs. Nuuk and Ilulissat aren’t just a walk in the park apart from each other – it can take up to 3 hours to fly there, depending on how many stopovers your flight has. A plane in Greenland can be more like a coach sometimes, in the sense that it touches down to pick up and let off passengers in neighbouring cities.
So back to breakfast. An Asian guy in a red down jacket, jeans and street shoes is eating at the table next to us. I noticed him because he had a curious assortment of food for breakfast – instant noodle soup which he was slurping like any good Asian person should, bread with cheese, and juice. I also couldn’t help but see that his shoes, although trendy, were completely unsuitable for the Ilulissat winter temperature of minus 20 – 30 degrees Celcius!
I asked him if he had any warmer shoes to wear. He said yes, luckily. We got talking. Soon after, he mentioned that he worked in brand marketing, but was also a DJ. That was the trigger…I mean, how many Korean DJs come to Greenland in the dead of winter?
“Hey, you’re a DJ? I think we’ve talked before ! I’m Tanny!” I said to him.
“Oh!!! Hello!! But don’t you live in Nuuk?” Lee, AKA DJ Morebomb asked puzzled. I explained that I was in Ilulissat for the week on assignment (I’ve since moved into tourism marketing). How exciting this was for him! He comes from Seoul, a city with 10 million people, so chances of meeting someone you’ve talked to online in a city where that person DOESN’T live is rather rare. Of course this is not that unusual in Greenland…but still very fun!
It turned out that we were also scheduled on the same flight to Nuuk, so we ended up having coffee together in the urban capital after all.
I loved getting to know DJ Morebomb more. Here’s some hilariously cool stuff he did =D
- Sweet, friendly, and completely obsessed about music he told me that he was listening to the soundtrack of Secret Life of Walter Mitty while on holiday in Greenland.
- He also arranged to DJ at Manhattan, the ‘premier’ night club in Nuuk.
- He made a ‘falling sunset mix’ while in Ilulissat below!
Thanks for the meeting DJ Morebomb, and I hope to meet you in Seoul one day!