It drizzles all day but it’s not cold, so we walk around town all day. The town is prosperous and very pleasant. The houses have a lot of character and we find our way through a network of roads, paths, boardwalks and stairs meandering through the homes, shops and the commercial area. There are no garages for cars but if you don’t have a big container in your backyard, it seems you are nobody.
The supermarket are well stocked, the prices surprisingly reasonable for the location. There are a few art and souvenir shops and even a Canada Goose retailer. The locals seem to favor Arcteryx and North Face though, the teenagers especially and they like to tattoo and dye their hair in bright colors.
A Danish couple we met in a store explains that Denmark spends a lot on Health and Education and it seems to work. The Inuit are doing very well. The town has to import Chinese people to fill job vacancies.
Schools teach Greelandic first, then Danish so very few speak English and that creates difficulties for Tourism. But shrimp export is the biggest business, construction is booming and they have oil projects, so lots going on.
The menus of restaurants and cafes are offering local foods, such as Reindeer, muskox, whale, halibut, cod, wild salmon, snow crab, lamb and freshly caught shrimp.
The dogs have the use of large designated stretches of land within the town but they must be chained. Signs remind you not to pet them as they are working dogs and they might bite. We happen by at feeding time and it’s fun to hear the howls of anticipation. Hundreds of dogs join the chorus in rounds.