You know you’re in Alaska when the hotel decor is a play by play of Iditarod results. Check the detail of this info … each line is for a team. SCRATCH means they had to leave the race.
I’ll be by the finish line in Nome later today! Go dogs!
Okay, so I know you guys are used to seeing beautiful photographs of the Arctic, but let’s get real for a second: airports. This is my view right now. Stuck in Denver, delayed overnight, blah, blah. But guess what? I shared my last flight with the Harlem Globe Trotters. How sweet is that? I couldn’t walk down the aisle to the bathroom without tripping over all kinds of legs. Beverage cart nightmare. Next time you think you are uncomfortable in a plane, think of the Globetrotters!
Today is all airports, all the time. Sense of humour will be key. In Toronto, at security, one of the employees yelling, “Love the day you are in! Smile everybody! Don’t look at the lineup!” She was rad.
It’s a good day to be Alaska bound.
Let’s try not to take ourselves too seriously. Deal?
My love goes out to all of the women who have been my guides on this unpredictable path. This web of stories, woven by intuition, grows with each new thread. There are dozens more women and girls I could feature here, but I’m settling for one from each country we have visited so far with Meet the North. Happy International Women’s Day!
Clockwise from top left: Ana Lena Ekeblad (with her daughter’s rabbit), Longyearbyen, Svalbard; Sorine Petersen, Aasiaat, Greenland; Hrund Gunnsteinsdóttir (and me), Reykjakik, Iceland; Joanna Innualuk Kunnuk, Pond Inlet, Canada.
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IMAGINE PEACE: Written in Inuktitut, found in Iceland.
This white panel is part of the Imagine Peace tower, created by Yoko Ono in memory of John Lennon. The tower is on Videy, near Reykjavik, and it shines brilliant beams of light into the heavens for part of each year.
Around the base, ‘imagine peace’ is inscribed in 24 languages.
I was there last fall with Yoko Ono and a small crowd for the annual lighting of the tower. We stood together and sang along with John Lennon, as ‘Imagine’ poured out of the speakers and over the North Atlantic. Magic.
Well! My first library fine from the Arctic arrived today. This is one way to participate in community that I hadn’t considered, and they tracked me down at home! I’m not sure what happened to the book, but the cheque is in the mail, I promise. (Sorry.)
I just got home to Ottawa from New York City, and while the view out the plane window wasn’t quite like this (this is East Greenland), I was reminded of both the beauty of the earth from above and the sweetness of coming home.
We’re heading north again very soon, so these few days of home time will be extra special.