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Published: August 17th 2019
Today was a very relaxing day on the boat. Other than 3 meals today, looking for whales (never saw any), watching movies, spotting occasional icebergs, and just hanging out there’s not much to do on this boat. It’s not like cruise ships: no casino, pool, spa, exercise room, nightly show, etc. It’s just a transport boat.
The highlight today was a visit to the bridge. We were able to ask the captain lots of questions. Turns out we are in water that is too shallow for whales, so hopefully we will see whales north of here. We travel at 11 knots, the water is about 48 meters deep (when we were there), and the water temperature is 3 Celsius.
The boat made 3 stops today at different villages. I think the villages are cute, but I cannot imagine wintering over here with few hours of daylight and the cold temperatures. Tomorrow morning we arrive in Nuuk.
A bit of information about the Greenlandic language from Wikipedia: Greenlandic
) is an Eskimo–Aleut language
spoken by about 56,000 Greenlandic Inuit
. It is closely related to the Inuit languages
such as Inuktitut
. The main variety, Kalaallisut
or West Greenlandic,
has been the official language of the Greenlandic autonomous territory since June 2009; this is a move by the Naalakkersuisut
(government of Greenland) to strengthen the language in its competition with the colonial language, Danish
. The second variety is Tunumiit oraasiat
or East Greenlandic. The Thule Inuit of Greenland, Inuktun
or Polar Eskimo, is a recent arrival and a dialect of Inuktitut
The most prominent Greenlandic dialect is West Greenlandic (Kalaallisut),
which is the official language of Greenland. The name Kalaallisut
is often used as a cover term for all of Greenlandic. The northern dialect, Inuktun (Avanersuarmiutut),
spoken in the vicinity of the city of Qaanaaq
(Thule), is particularly closely related to Canadian Inuktitut. The eastern dialect (Tunumiit oraasiat)
, spoken in the vicinity of Ammassalik Island
, is the most innovative of the Greenlandic dialects, having assimilated consonant clusters
and vowel sequences to a greater extent than West Greenlandic.
Kalaallisut is further divided into four subdialects. One that is spoken around Upernavik
has certain similarities to East Greenlandic, possibly because of a previous migration from eastern Greenland. A second dialect is spoken in the region of Uummannaq
and the Disko Bay
. The standard language is based on the central Kalaallisut dialect spoken
in the north, around Nuuk
and as far south as Maniitsoq
. Southern Kalaallisut is spoken around Narsaq
in the south.
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