When I publish this final post of ‘London 2019″ I will have landed safely at SFO.
I’m writing it, though, over the arm of the Atlantic that separates Greenland from Canada – the map calls it the Labrador Sea south of our route but we’re probably over Baffin Bay since we’re approaching Baffin Island.
Long westbound daytime flights are disconcerting. We started off from London at 11:35 a.m. and will land in SF about 2:45 p.m. The trip takes about 11 hours, through eight time zones, all in broad daylight; closer to midwinter it would be night here, well north of the Arctic Circle. The passenger behind me reached through to close my window shade; apparently the low sunlight was too much for him.
I kept stealing peeks anyway as we flew over Iceland and the Greenland ice cap, but the cloud cover below us, and a strange haze around us, blocked the ground until just as we crossed the west coast of Greenland.
I don’t know if this picture is alarming or normal: more rocks than ice are visible at the shore and inland at left, even this far north:From this point our “great circle” route curves back south across Canada and home.
And that’s the end of this trip. Karen continued from London on to Venice for the Biennale; you can follow her adventures there on her Facebook page.