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Since December last year, I was given the opportunity of travelling to Canada, the great white north for exchange. Beside the mountain hikes and scenic highway drives, one of the highlights of my summer trip would be Yellowknife to catch the northern lights. While I would love to elaborate more on the destination and my experiences at Yellowknife, I think the journey was also worth sharing because it really brings context to what was taught in the seminar of transport geography (GE4226).
On the top of my head, I can think of two instances where the New mobilities Paradigm can be used to justify them. Firstly, when I was hunting for northern lights, I met many tourists along the way sharing the same desire for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. This desire for adventure made me and many others travel thousands of kilometres to one location is a perfect illustration of NMP at work. Particularly, I feel that it aligns with the second point by Tim Cresswell noting that mobilities have is produced and cannot exist outside of the influence of decisions made by people. People are mobile due to their various inner desire (e.g. for adventure in this case).
The second encounter was witnessing the Inuit people (a group of indigenous people of Canada) and their sledges (also know as qamutik) pulled by arctic dogs. From the perspective of an outsider, we would wonder in this day of age, why would they continue to use sledges instead of modern snowmobiles? Now I would think I understand because this mode of transportation is a representation of their culture. With independence from modern technologies, these Inuit people are dependent on sledging as a means for transport because this is the knowledge passed down by their ancestors. Hence this form of travel has embedded the peoples’ culture and lifestyle which concurs with the third point by Cresswell’s interpretative framework for mobilities.
#1 - Me with other aurora hunters
#2 - Vantage point overlooking a frozen lake
#3 - Me with axe under the moonlight (yes that's the moon). Not safe for OSHA personnel.
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