Corinne PurtillSeptember 22, 2013 06:35
TASIILAQ, Greenland — Rifles, scented candles and Hello Kitty children’s backpacks greet visitors near the main entrance. The grocer stocks bread, Oreos and at least a dozen different types of pickled fish. Upstairs, a bin of souvenir seal pelts sits between yarn skeins in the haberdashery section and Casio keyboards in home electronics. It’s not the northernmost supermarket in the world, or even in Greenland. But Tasiilaq’s branch of the government-owned retail chain that supplies Greenlanders with goods and groceries is a microcosm of the quirks and challenges of modern life at the top of the world.