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survival of spirit

It seems that everything will start again anew. After many days of perpetual dismal darkness, a slice of sky emerged just long enough to paint the ice a turquoise shade of perfection. In most other terrains, rushing out to catch the evening light would be a simple routine. When it takes forethought to dress, space to put on pac boots half the size of your legs and dexterity to zip up the Canada Goose expedition weight jacket with two pairs of liner gloves on, you swiftly learn the necessity of equanimity. The days have been filled with stunning beauty and two independent journeys towards acclimatizing to this world apart. The petite room in which we call home has two bunk beds, a small table and a narrow standing closet. The square window sits above a Danish oil heater mounted to the wall, and despite our gear stacked and strategically placed, we inevitably dance around one another to arrange for the day ahead. The communal kitchen serves as a refuge from the cold and an alternative to dining out. The markets have little fresh produce, notably cabbage, onions, and apples, but they do service an ever hungry hiker with cereal, cheese and dehydrated tomato soup.

Although desperate for a stretch of sunshine, we continue to delve deeper into the Inuit traditional culture and present reality. The people offer a friendly smile when passing and those that speak English come forward to inquire about our time here. Like any culture, there are layers, and a vast collection of varied types of people. The children play in the snow, the women hang wet clothes on the outdoor clothes line in the falling snow and the lot of them puff away on cigarettes. Wrapped in furs and down jackets, the wind chill carries a crisp reminder of cultivating and maintaining tenacity. Living here is a matter of survival, and the physical strain of simply existing is reflected on the faces that walk the ice packed streets. The solitude throughout Greenland brings a mixture of tranquillity and isolation, mutually exclusive yet woven together into the history of this island.

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  11. Beautiful photo!

    April 23, 2012
  12. James #

    Your “Survival or Spirit” photo is very divine. It looks a picture from another planet.

    April 20, 2012
  13. Dave #

    I have to hand it to you guys who take the timeout to spend time in such remote places of our planet that many of us wouldn’t dare to venture to bring us back such incredible pictures. It makes you just want to pack everything up and head for the peace and tranquitly that this part of the world has to offer..having said that, I would be lost without Mcdonalds :)

    April 19, 2012
  14. Fantastic; you are so right about the perfection of the landscape.

    April 16, 2012
  15. Photos are breath-taking. Very insightful.

    April 13, 2012
  16. Steve Montague #

    Hey Justin… Uncle Steve here. Your photos are outstanding…
    I especially like the collection of small boats..:)
    You are on to something truly magnificent, keep on truck’in and don’t look back..:)

    April 11, 2012
  17. Eliza #

    I have been thoroughly enjoying these posts. They transport me to another place and I spend a moment imagining what it would feel like to be where you are describing. Beautiful.

    April 10, 2012
  18. You paint such a precise picture full of emotion, truth & compassion and are keeping me at the edge of my seat ! I love you guys. Enjoy your time on the island of ice, what a treat to get to explore such a different part of the world. You leave me incredibly inspired. thank you :)

    April 9, 2012

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