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A Remote Adventure

One reason I love reading fantasy and science fiction is the possibility of exploration in remote or unknown places. So the thought of being in a remote place is appealing.

I haven’t really been anywhere remote. Maybe the most remote is North Dakota. The towns and cities are small, and the nearest large city is quite a distance away. But that’s not exactly remote, is it?

Or how about the top of Mt Fuji? It’s too near Tokyo to be remote, but on the top of the mountain, the feeling of being on the frontier was there. Except it was crowded. And I was next to three cell phone antennas.

How about you? What’s the most remote place you’ve been? A place where few people live, and signs of civilisation are limited. Let me know in the comments.

The Attraction of Remote Places

Have you ever been to a place that’s so remote that it takes hours to get to the nearest city?  I have.  I grew up in a small town of two thousand people that’s around four to five hours from the nearest big city.  But it’s near a smaller city and in an area that services a hundred thousand people.  Not exactly remote.

Where I live now is completely the opposite of remote.  I live in the world’s largest metropolitan area with a population of around thirty-seven million people.  Yeah, Greater Tokyo has more people than all of Canada.

But what about the Arctic?  That has settlements that are truly remote.  Why are they so interesting?  It’s a different way of life there, and the landscape is so completely different.  Above the tree line, it’s like another world.  In a remote town, there must be an incredible sense of community, but at the same time, a sense of loneliness.  With bad weather comes a possible lack of supplies.  It may not exactly be an easy life.  Extremely cold winters, cool summers, very early sunsets in winter, seemingly endless daylight in summer.  It sounds so different from what I’m used to.  To be fair, my hometown’s sunsets are pretty late, nearly 11 pm.

I’d like to show you a city, a very remote city in the Arctic Canadian territory of Nunavut.  It’s the capital city, Iqaluit.  With a population of 6,699 in 2011, it’s the smallest capital city in Canada.  I found this video while video hopping on YouTube a couple nights ago, and I found it fascinating.  I hope you find it interesting, too.

It makes me want to visit.  How about you?