The eastgreenlandic word for ”hope” is ”neriunner”. It is closely related to the word for ”rainbow”, ”neriusaar”, meaning, that when we see a rainbow, there is hope!
Ever since I first learned these words, I was fascinated by their connection. I wrote them down in my notebook. By now, I had not thought about them for years, since rainbows are very, very rare in the high arctic, where it often just rains a few days a year.
However, this year seems to be different. Since the beginning of July, it has rained, rained … and rained. With a few sunny days in between.
Ingkasi, in his yellow rain-jacket, is out to take care of some dog-food we still have “stored” in the snow.
The first tourist boat arrived on Wednesday, July 9th, luckily one of the few (almost) dry days.
Whenever the rain stops, it`s time to get some fresh air. One day Ingkasi had spotted a polar bear out on the ice, and another one was seen close to “Store Steen”. They were too far away to photograph. We spend a long time watching them through our binoculars.
One of the good things about all this rainy weather, however, was, that we got to see this beautiful rainbow!
It appeared last week, at about 7 am in the morning. We could see it ”thouch” the earth at both ends.
It was so incredible beautiful. At some point, I had to force myself to stop photographing, so I could enjoy the moment. Before the rainbow disappeared, the sun came out.
Looking at this rainbow made me feel encouraged and hopeful about the future. That`s when I remembered the word “neriusaar”.
We all have our own and private hopes and dreams, but there is one very down-to-earth hope we share in Ittoqqortoormiit, theses days, – that it will stop raining!! Every day I read comments of local people, on Facebook, asking ”what happend to our summer?”
Friday and Saturday last week, we finally got a taste of “normal” summer in Ittoqqortoormiit. I used the opportunity to do get out in my Greenlandic kayak for a short paddle into Walrus Bay.
It felt great to be close to the water and the ice! 🙂 While I am writing this, it is raining once again.