“It was two o’clock in the afternoon – impossible to see anything without a light. Villagers with lanterns were busy on the ice: great icebergs drifting near the coast were now imprisoned by the freeze; using an ice knife (a sort of chisel with a long wooden handle), they broke off big lumps which they loaded on their sledges to be melted down at home for drinking water.”
An African in Greenland by Tété-Michel Kpomassie
6 weeks we have been in South Africa now.
Trying to work here remotely, has been a fight against the odds, but I think we are winning.
I have been reading Tété-Michel Kpomassie’s amazing journey from Togo to Greenland in the 1960’s and his account of living with the Eskimos, enduring the polar nights, melting icebergs for water and battling the elements.
Our battle, though different of course, has also been rather dramatic.