Nuuk open boat

by Guest Blogger

August 9, 2005

We held our open boat near the capital of Greenland today. I say “near”

since we were at anchor. There was a cruise ship in town, which needed

the dock space, so we ferried people out on one of our boats instead. I

was boat crew for a few hours, while Phil (outboard mechanic) drove. At

times there was a bit of swell, making it a small adventure for people

getting on and off the ship. Most of the kids seemed to enjoy the

experience, and many Greenlanders are used to being out in boats so took

it in stride. Overall, it was a great open boat day, with a constant

stream of people waiting at the dock for pick up.

Nuuk is a proper modern city. It’s got a Thai restaurant (and an

Mexican one), a civic center, a museum, government and office buildings,

public transportation and even housing projects. In fact, one percent

of the entire Greenland population lives on one block here (“blok P”).

Nuuk is also home to Santa’s mailbox – a big red thing full of hopeful

letters, visible from the ship.

Saturday, the crew got ashore for some bowling and walking around the

town. Tomorrow we’ll finish provisioning and meet with government

officials, then head out to continue the science work.

– Andrew

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