I thought I might be able to post while traveling but I didn’t even think about it. I had a great holiday! I thought about art, I did drawings, I saw amazing sporting events and some fabulous scenery, I took reference photos and I learned about Danish Artist from the 18th and 19th century.
So today lets start with Nuuk Greenland and the Arctic Winter Games. The first time Ian and I were in Nuuk was 30 years ago and then we came for the last Arctic Winter Games in 2002 (14 years ago). It was wonderful to be back and to see the changes that have happened in the intervening years.
Here are some scenes around Nuuk. We got there and the sun was shining…this was an unusual experience during our time. We raced out and took photos to prove we saw the sun! Nuuk is a very pretty city. The houses are painted bright colours and against the backdrop of snow they were visual jewels. I will be doing a few paintings from there!
Kid enjoying the fresh new snow after the blizzard that kept all the athletes away for an extra 24 hours. It was a very unusual experience to have a full on blizzard (though not unusual for Nuuk or Iqaluit) to delay the various teams arrivals. In fact the opening ceremony only had 1/2 the athletes there…the rest made it later that evening. Every sport schedule had to be redone in a very short period of time. The games folks in Nuuk pulled it off. :) Below is a phone photo I took out of our hotel room window.
This is a bronze statue of the “Mother of the Sea” (aka Sedna or Nuliajuk) that is on the beach by the museum. The part of the story the artist captured is when the shaman made the journey to clean Nuliajuk’s hair. She is the creator of all the sea life that the Inuit survived on for millennia. But if the Inuit didn’t honour her and didn’t take care of the ocean, then the fish, seals, narwals, walruses and so on would be captured in her dirty hair. This would cause great hunger to the Inuit and the shaman would take the transformative journey to the deep to clean her hair thus releasing all the animals of the sea. It was an amazing sculpture.
We had two nephews come to play Futsal (international indoor soccer). The photos of Judah and Levi are thanks to Padraic McCombe. He got some fabulous photos!
Judah Legaree, Arctic Winter Games Nuuk Greenland
Levi Legaree, Arctic Winter Games Nuuk Greenland
It was so fun to have our nephews and our sister-in-law Terri at the games. In all the years our family has been going it is the first time Legaree boys have competed! :)
There is plenty more to share but that is where i will stop today. See you on Monday. I hope to have something very special to share then! :)