Thursday, July 22, 2010

QAQORTOQ, the Return

I know it hasn’t been that long since we were last in Qaqortoq, but I couldn’t wait to return. There were a couple of things I didn’t do last time we were here that I wanted to do this time.

We had to anchor farther out this time. More icebergs had floated into the area, and our normal “parking place” was occupied by a rather large iceberg.

As I boarded the shuttle boat, my friend, Vicki came on board, so we walked around the town together. There is a rather large seal fur company in town. We had to go have a look at all of the products they make with seal fur (purses, slippers, gloves, and lots of coats, etc). Vicki found some great fur items dyed green, her favorite color.

We walked up a set of steps, continued up the hill and over behind the grocery store beyond a large outcrop of boulders until we reached the hotel. We enjoyed some tea and pastries while sitting on the balcony watching the largest iceberg being blown by the winds towards the ship, then we watched as the pilot boat ran out to the ship to discuss the iceberg. As it turned out, the iceberg drifted just beyond the ship, but it provided some wonderful photo opportunities for the photographers (nearly everyone) on board.

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