In June, between my two visits to Doha, I suddenly found myself having to go to Nuuk, Greenland, to teach a course. I'll be honest with you, I was pretty stressed at the time, so I actually only realized how lucky I was when I got off the plane in Kangerlussuaq to board the small propeller plane to go to Nuuk. All I can say, really, is WOW! The mountains, the sky, nature! BEAUTIFUL!
Landing in Nuuk, it was raining, so to be honest, everything looked a bit dreary, but I was still fascinated. For many years, Greenland was considered a part of Denmark, but I think I speak for both myself and most people in Greenland when I say that Greenland is a country in its own right with a distinct culture, breathtaking scenery and very different from anything Danish. Sure, they speak Danish there, but other than that, I say anyone who thinks Greenland is Danish needs to go there and take a look and speak to the proud people who live there.
I loved the few days I spent in Nuuk despite my course participants telling me that Nuuk does not really represent what Greenland is all about. I did not ride a dog sleigh, it did not snow, and the town itself is big for Greenland - roughly 16,000 people.
Why should I visit Nuuk?
Because you will not just get the touristy experience that is advertised everywhere. You will see a different side to Greenland. Hey - you might even get a tan on a sunny day! If you don't believe me, check out the webpage for Colorful Nuuk.
Okay okay, if you love big pulsating cities and shopping, don't stop by Nuuk, really! Stop by Nuuk to experience a different kind of community and culture. Experience their national day where they catch and prepare seals, sing songs, go to church and celebrate their culture. Take a walk around Nuuk. Find a spot in the sun and see if there are whales in the fjord. To me, there is a sense of peace and beauty that is just unique!