Arctic Expedition Trip 2011 - The end is just the beginning

Arctic Expedition Trip 2011 - The end is just the beginning

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Jack with one of the local residents of Ittoqqortoormiit
Jack with one of the local residents of Ittoqqortoormiit
Photo: Jack Wong
Time really does fly. I can’t believe this is our last day in Greenland. Luckily, I really enjoyed the places we visited on this last day.

The first thing we did today was visit Ittoqqortoormiit, one of the Inuit towns in Greenland. The first image I got from there is that the people in the town look very similar to Asians. There is a local tale which tells that the Inuit are descendants of Chinese people. Another thing that impressed me a lot is that the city is fully modernized and we could find many modern facilities and goods such as smart boards in the schools and iPads that are sold in their supermarkets.

Although the city is fully modernized, we still noticed that they don’t have any advanced methods of disposing waste. Since the soil is really infertile there, they cannot use it to build a landfill. Anyway, this is a really interesting city full of things that I could not imagine.

Another place we visited today is called Hurry Inlet, which is our last landing location in Greenland. We immediately noticed that there were many polar bear footprints on the beach in Hurry Inlet. Since this is our last landing and the weather condition was extremely well on that day, all of us decided to swim in the 2°C water. Afterwards, we all received certificate stating, “We did most sturdily enter and immerse in the invigorating Greenland Ocean”.

That is the end of the expedition in Greenland but we still have a lot of things to do in a bid to protect and appreciate the environment.

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