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Greenland - Returning to a place I have never been

GREENLAND | Thursday, 24 January 2013 | Views [7607]

3 years ago I started to have a recurring dream. I was standing on the edge of a boat, somewhere in the arctic, ice creaking, the sound of water running beneath me.

Every breath I took felt as if my lungs were reborn, the stains of car exhausts, cigarette smoke and daily grime peeled away. Next to me a person, dressed in tradional clothing, face partially hidden by the fur, saying nothing, but with the warmest smile I've ever seen.

I know I'm in Greenland, but I dont know why.

Every time it's the same, there's no dialogue, there's no explanation, there's nothing but a sense of calm, of safety, of feeling that I'm in a place that I've always known, but yet never been.

As I've gotten older and my life has become increasingly frantic, travel has become the means by which to find solace. The quiet moments, the passages of time where the daily routine, the monotony, gives way to new faces, new views of a world far away from what I know.

I'm not a solitary person, I love the company of others when I travel, but what I recall more these days when I travel is those moments where you stand in shared awe of something new. There is an unspoken feeling that what you're witnessing will stay with you much longer after you've departed.

The dreams stopped. I sat down one night at a conference dinner, turned to see a stunning Inuit face smiling back at me. This lovely person worked for Greenland Tourism and I gushed about my recurring dream and asked mountains of strange questions as if this person was some kind of travel psychologist.

She was Greenlandic. So attuned to her culture and heritage, so welcoming of not just my questions, but also explaining that sometimes, we all need a return to a simpler way of living. She reminded me that travel affords everyone the chance to find their place between the earth, sea and sky.

Although the dreams have stopped, the video on this page reminds me of what I yearn for when I travel. The opportunity to see new things, taste new flavours and an immediate sense that I've become part of a community much bigger than the one I live in.

About the producers

This video was shared with me by a dear friend Mads Pihl who works for Destination Arctic Circle. They've produced a stunning series of videos about Greenland that you can check out on Greenland.com

Feel free to contact them on their Facebook page - I Love Greenland , or connect with travellers who've been to Greenland through our World Nomads Ask A Nomad community.

About the Author

Chris Noble is the General Manager of WorldNomads.com and someone by his own admission, spends too much time dreaming and not enough time travelling. He would like to apologise to every person he's bailed up that's been to Greenland and asked endless questions about his dreams.

Itilleq - Greenland - Courtesy Mads Pihl - Destination Arctic Circle

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