Eamonn has arrived in Greenland.
Hello from Greenland! We are GMT – 3hrs here.
I arrived at the Polar Circle this morning to a place called Kangerlussuaq. It is a settlement on the west coast of Greenland near the end of a fjord of the same name. Its Danish name is Søndre Strømfjord, and until the early 1990’s was home to a U.S. military base known as Bluie West Eight. I am staying in Old Camp, an elongated prefabricated building which thankfully is warm!
Temperatures dropped to -27 C with wind chill. I stayed on the move as much as possible, to stop my hands and feet from freezing! Athlete Florence Griffith Joyner once said “A muscle is like a car. If you want it to run well early in the morning, you have to warm it up”. Flo Jo was spot on and it will be key to my success in the Marathon on Saturday.
The town is surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and wildlife. On a tundra tour today, I saw musk oxen and reindeer roam the mountains and valleys near the town.
Meeting and greeting the Greenland Dog was a highlight. They are similar to the Canadian Eskimo Sleddog. The pups were good tempered and well fed. Mahatma Gandhi once said “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated”.
This follows on from wednesday when Eamonn flew from Dublin to Copenhagen on the first leg of his journey to the Arctic Circle.
“As I arrive for my overnight in Denmark before flying out to Greenland Thursday, to compete in the Polar Circle Polar Bear Challenge at the weekend, I instantly think of
WONDERFUL COPENHAGEN From the film “Hans Christian Andersen” (1952). The lyrics “Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen, Friendly old girl of a town” do ring true.
Upon check in at the Grand Hotel, my thoughts immediately switch to preparation mode for the next flight, & how to repack so as not to be over the baggage allowance as was the case in Dublin. I don’t fancy having to pay for excess again! We’ll see what happens in the morning at the airport itself.
After some fodder to start the “carbo loading”, as has been the case from stepping on the train in Waterford, my attention jumps in and out of focus to the challenge that lies ahead.
Helen Keller in The Open Door said
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all”. I agree. Of course I have my difficulties since getting knocked down, but it simply is not in me to give up, or throw in the towel, or take to the bed, hoping that all will be ok.
I believe that a person no matter what life throws at you, should strike back to the best of their respective abilities. Don’t put a limit on anything. The more you believe that things will get better, the more you can plan and ‘get moving ‘, to try and ensure success at your own level.
Having travelled through China 10 years ago, and now preparing again for the next part of my journey, an old Chinese proverb echoes clear in that “The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials”.