The Nice Thing About Strangers

Creative Non-Fiction Short Stories. :) Travel, Oldsters, Love, and Compassion.


In the flight from Prague to New York, the pilot mentions it’s a great view of Greenland out the right of the plane. All the window shades are lifted, sometimes with aisle-seat-sitters reaching over sleeping window-seat-companions so they can take a gander at the mountains below. Seventy-year-old women stand on the center block of seats. No one seems interested in keeping their cool or glancing idly off to their right. Everyone is straining to see around neighbors. However, they only find grey mists below with some snow and snippets of clouds. The sightseeing lasts a few minutes, and then the passengers go back to their proper places, but then the mountains appear to those who have been patient. Greenland arrives just as many have lost interest.

Alas, they heard you weren’t green.

–In the plane

Okay, so this is actually Iceland. :)

Okay, so this is actually Iceland. I’ve never been to Greenland–just over it. πŸ™‚

10 comments on “Greenland

  1. joannerambling
    September 9, 2015

    Well I have never even been over it but would like to one day

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      September 9, 2015

      It was nice to see everyone responding with such interesting for a while. πŸ™‚ Playful and openly happy to see something new. This is so rare in an airplane.
      Hope you’re well, Joanne!

  2. Leya
    September 10, 2015

    A great observation again – people are interesting and even more when you write about them! Greenland is beautiful – and green too. I was there for the celebrations of 1000 years – Erik RΓΆde!

  3. davecenker
    September 11, 2015

    I covet my window seat on any flight, whether over land or sea. Being a private pilot myself, I think being above the chaos of what occurs on the surface of the earth allows me to see things from a different perspective, both physically and mentally. You find the most brilliant examples of human behavior in the seemingly mundane and ordinary everyday experiences. Well done, as always, Paige πŸ™‚

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      September 11, 2015

      I can only imagine what it must be like to fly a plane, Dave. I haven’t got the nerve! πŸ™‚ I’m also an aisle-seater because I don’t want to get trapped by the window while the folks next to me sleep. On long haul flights, I’m on the right of the plane on the aisle, so that as a lefty I have room to right. To each their own flight system! πŸ˜€
      Thank you, Dave.

  4. sweetexp
    September 11, 2015

    Ah, so brilliant! It reminds me of my varied and vast travels. It brings to mind when I flew past Mt. Fuji in Japan. Excellent find Paige:)))


    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      September 11, 2015

      Thank you! I’m glad I can remind you of those traveling days–though i know it’s of the nice things and not the jet lag. πŸ™‚

  5. heimwee2456
    September 26, 2015

    I would love to visit Greenland/Island/Arctica or Antarctica at least once in my lifetime. Also, I write about traveling, too, can we do follow for follow? πŸ™‚ I know you have much more followers than me, but…

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