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Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
The fall was very busy with helping organize a school basketball trip. I actually know nothing about basketball and don't even really like the sport. However, during my first year teaching here these polite high school boys begged me to supervise so they could shoot hoops after school. Then there was this tournament they wanted to attend... Thankfully my best Arctic friend came along from PEI and took over the coaching aspect. I did the paperwork and planned some fundraisers and we managed a weekend tourny in Iqaluit last year and one in Baker Lake this year.
At the moment I am looking forward to our Professional Improvement week (February 21at-25th) which will allow me to visit a school near my home in Nova Scotia. I've minded the darkness and isolation much more this year than in years past. Likely due to the Northern novelty wearing off and my fabulously tolerant boyfriend at home. Really miss my roomie and friend who found one year to be sufficient too.
Our sun disappeared Nov. 19th and briefly reappeared above the horizon Jan. 21st. It's pretty awesome to finally have some daylight! We get some beautiful colours in the sky during our extremely long twilight hours. The sun comes fast and furious between now and April though. In no time, we'll be in the midst of the eerily long daylight hours. Nevertheless, I'm excited to be able to fit in more than one walk per day!
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
We were unfortunately late getting away so missed much of it, but had quite an exciting adventure onto the sea ice non the less. It was a little bumpy on the sled but so exhillarating to see civilization disappear as we became enveloped by the beautiful landscape. It was a feeling like no other to be on top of the frozen ocean with nothing but white as far as the eye could see. It's not everyday that you cruise by an icelocked boat on a ski-doo!
Looking out to sea...This crack in the ice combined with our being gunless and potentially on the polar bear's menu caused us to turn around. It's wild to imagine that come summer this morphs back into rolling waves!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Well, what an understatement! I recieved the warmest of welcomings from these 4 lovely couples who live in a 4 apt complex coined "Signal Hill". They have become like family over the last 8 months and I've just about spent more time in their home than my own. They have put on many tasty meals for myself and fellow co-workers. I quite enjoy the Jig's dinner and Fish and Brewis and of course the local cuisine;narwhal, caribou (cooked and raw), Arctic Hare and Arctic Char. They have been teaching here for years and have been a serious wealth of knowledge for a newbie like myself.
Community members also extended a very warm welcome to this new qallunaat. I was greeted with a warm smile and many hand shakes from people as I walked around my new home. Both children and adults excitedly proclaimed "Welcome to Clyde". I'm happy to say that kindness has not worn off. I'm reminded of that same eager spirit each time I step outside.
My weeks are quite busy preparing for my energetic grade 7's and my weekends are enjoyed havin the craic with the Newfoundlanders. I was also lucky to find a fellow Nova Scotian here in Clyde, Deborah. She has become a very close friend and has also provided me great advice with her teaching and life experience. We share the joys of both cooking and travelling and do a lot of walking together.
Nov 21st our sun disappeared below the horizon and we lived in darkness for 2 months. Each day there was a window of roughly an hour with a dusk/twilight like light in the sky. With the help of a sun lamp and great friends life passed like any other day! My body wanted slightly more sleep than usual but those effects take place during a Nova Scotian winter as well.
We are now heading towards 24 hours of sunlight and do I ever love the super long days!! Spring here is seriously beautiful and the colours in the sky are phenomenal at both sunrise and sunset. The school year is quickly winding down and I'm already looking forward to another one!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Mid August I heard back from a number of schools and took the first official offer. Thankfully that was this lovely hamlet on Baffin Island called Clyde River. Population roughly 1200 comprising of mainly Inuit families with a few qalunaat (KA-LU-NAA, or people from the south).
I had a little over 2 weeks to prepare for my move above the Arctic Circle. This literally was like planning for a 10 month camping trip. I made many lists and visits to Costco and Wal-Mart. It was both strange and exciting to try to imagine life without cars, shopping centres and highways. Clyde is accessible only by plane or a few days on a Ski-Doo. Oh so different from life among the Irish!
Halifax-Ottawa (overnight)- Iqaluit-Clyde River. I was quite familiar with flitting through airports. However my 8 ginormous suitcases filled with just about any and everything demanded some creativity along the way.