Land of the Icebergs

Dawn at Qarqortoq from our deck (Bob’s photo)

Bob woke me at 5 am to stand on our deck and view the sunrise over the gleaming white icebergs floating near the Greenland coast; a rainbow curved down and met the sunrise colorband. Breathtaking, awesome and made the trip worthwhile. I sent him on his way to Qarqortoq (spelled as it’s pronounced) as my sore throat from the endoscopy hadn’t really subsided and I felt a cold coming on. Bob’s excursion was to visit a Qarqortoq home; the Inuit home holder had baked all day the day before, and served 20 ship passengers with her treats, conversing through an interpreter. The guide was a shrimp fisherman normally, catching millions of pounds of shrimp in multi-day runs. Bob was enthralled.

After Bob left, I decided that maybe it would be good to take one of the many COVID self-tests we brought. To make a long story short, I’m now isolated in our cabin for five days, and Bob (who is COVID free) has been moved to his own cabin. The good news is that three of those quarantine days are sea days, and two featured excursions (whale watching, iceberg chasing) for which I wasn’t scheduled. And the view from our deck is simply awesome. I should be good to go for Reykavik.

For the scientists among you: the COVID source was almost certainly St. John’s ER and/or the endoscopy procedure. Some staff there were not masked. We were going to send them flowers for being so kind, but I think we’re forgetting those. This COVID case is as minor as it gets; taste and smell are fine. No fever. No GI involvement (did that, already, right?). No fatigue that this inactive person has noticed. Bob is carefully — if unhappily–housed in his own room, just like this one, a floor away, hoping that he continues to be negative. The ship has its own infectious disease doctor, and he will be tested daily. We’re getting very good at packing and unpacking…..and we knew that COVID was a risk we were willing to take.

From the deck at 5am (Bob’s photo)

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Betty Warner

Married female, mother of two, grandmother of five. Living in a senior living community, where dinner, house maintenance, and continuing care are part of the contract. Residents in this community are actively engaged in our lifestyle here; I currently help produce Zoom programs, and help edit our webpage. Physically "healthy for your age" despite shortness of breath, two knee replacements, a cardiac murmur, various skin issues and an incipient back problem.

3 thoughts on “Land of the Icebergs”

  1. I am enjoying trying to pronounce Qarqotoq and love these pictures! That iceberg is gorgeous, and I love that you saw such a gorgeous sunrise at dawn. How wonderful! So sorry to hear about the COVID— what a medically adventurous time you are having 😬🤦‍♀️ of course I hope Dad remains in the clear. We love you lots and hope you are “cleared” and feel better asap!!


    1. The Innuit were here when the Vikings came, and their language and customs have remained with them. So I think that the names are merely the best guess spelling of the original names. Kind of cool that those are retained.


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