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Return to the real world
We landed for our first layover in Nerlerit Inaat (Constable point) where we waited for 5 hours for a plane to take us to Iceland. Here we met other researchers and a Nanok crew that had also been in the field the last few weeks. At the airport you are only allowed to be inside in the single room or in a 50 m2 pen outside. Many people just slept inside on the floor waiting for a plane to arrive.
We arrived to Reykjavik, back to real crowds of people with a little bit of shock. We had truly lived in a bubble the past month. We stopped at a burger restaurant before heading to our hotel. It was strange to see a lot of commercials, cars and people wearing non-field clothing. We sadly couldn’t fly out of Iceland for nearly another day due to bad weather, so we ended up back in Aarhus around 1am, tired after the two day journey.
But our work doesn’t stop now that we are back. Isolde is running an experiment and Henry is looking at data while we wait for the rest of our cargo-shipped samples to arrive. At least now we are reunited with our lab group and have begun to discuss some things we have noticed, and to organize the samples and their analyses. It is a bit hard to forget about Greenland, and we both have trouble sleeping, as the mind is processing images of our Greenland time- the Arctic sun, the CTDs, the mirroring waters, the impressive landscapes. We feel truly lucky to have had such an experience.
So long for now and thanks for reading!