For people who have been to Greenland at least once in their life, they can easily attest to its freezing-cold temperature. Other than that, the experience can vary depending on several factors such as the time of travel, parts of Greenland visited, and the mode of transportation in getting there.
While many would prefer going to other parts of the world than in Greenland—and if they do, it would probably be by plane—there are a few individuals who had been there by ship and considered the experience a memorable one. Dr. Denny Hamann (author, composer, playwright) shares his experience in Greenland.
Living in Thule Greenland: A one of a kind privilege
Visiting and staying in Greenland for only a short period is not for everyone, and living there for a year is even more so. But to someone who travels tremendously to chase down his dreams like Dr. Denny Hamann, it’s a unique experience. In his mid-40’s, Dr. Hamann chose to give up his private practice as a Veterinarian in Milwaukee to start discovering deeper meaning and purpose for his life.
Before that, he had the chance to live for a year in Thule Greenland while serving as a Captain in the Air Force. His Veterinary profession has a significant role in the military particularly in inspecting fisheries to ensure public health. Dr. Hamann experienced traveling several coastal areas to conduct fishery inspection by seaplanes, Eskimo fishing boats, helicopters, and the M/S Sarfaq Ittuk ship.
The Veterinarian-turned composer and playwright initially disliked that year he was in Thule. But after embarking on an inner journey to self-discovery, Dr. Hamann gladly looks back on that once in a lifetime experience and realized how privileged he was to have it. The opportunity to meet locals and be immersed in their lifestyle and culture was a precious gift worth cherishing.
That perfectly fits in with Dr. Hamann’s primary purpose of traveling—to discover with bravery all that the universe has to offer him and share this to everyone who may find inspiration in it.
It may be brutally-cold in Thule Greenland and living there for a year seems impossible, but Dr. Hamann made it and that experience can attest to his belief in the goodness of the Universe.
“his was part of my life . . and I think I’ll include this story with more detail in my next book. Looking back on this year in Thule (which I hated at the time), was truly a once in a life time experience that very few people have experienced . . and realize how fortunate I have been in my life. Thule is north of the magnetic north pole . . and south of the geographic north pole by several hundred miles.
It’s purpose with 4 huge radar screens, each the size of a football field, pointed toward Russia . .this was during the cold war . .and would detect any missel shortly after it left the ground. We also had a bomber circling over head 24 hours a day, because Thule would be the first base attacked by Russia and the bomber was always a visual to be sure that never happened . . if it did, we would be immediately at war. Almost happened early in the operation when it look like hundreds of missels had been launched, but could not figure out where they were going. Turns out, the radar picked up the rising moon. Lucky we didn’t go to war then.
. I spent several weeks inspecting fisheries along the western coast of Greenland when I was a Captain in the Air Force, stationed at Thule. Any company selling food to the USA needs an annual inspection by a Veterinarian. I never realized what a once in a life time experience that tour would be. I traveled the various small cities by sea planes, (actually landing in the water . . and on take off, the water covered the windows. spooky.) eskimo fishing boats, helicopter, and this ship. Each city I spent the night, I was hosted by the town Mayor. Treated to “mattuk” (whale blubber) and offered so many cigarettes. The fisheries were amazing in their operation. I spent several days on this ship, along with a young MD from Sondestrom Air Base, Greenland. I was given the magnificent presidential suite . . with a large living room and large bedroom .. and was treated as a VIP. The doctor had the “hots” for a young nurse on board, and asked me not to return to the cabin until after 12 midnight because he wanted to get her in bed. When I returned, he was quite upset. Earlier that evening, having supper with the Captain, I mentioned that our bedroom seemed quite cold. The bedroom had a curtain to close around the bed, providing some privacy. Funny!! The MD was seducing her, enclosed by the curtain, when the repair man came into the bedroom, happened to open the curtain, finding them nude in an “un compromising” position, and said, “I understand you have a problem with the heat”. He then said, “Don’t worry, I’ll be out of here very quickly.” Needless to say, that ended the romance, and became great gossip all over the ship.
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