on top of the hill

This hill overlooks the harbor and the city centre. Always so much fun to climb especially after coming back from a Baltic cruise wearing the proof of the delightful culinary experience! You can see the coast guard ship at the mouth of the harbor and I think you can finally see some of the height of the hill using the buildings in the background as a point of reference.

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Beautiful vegetation

After all the snow that came with the storms in April, the rapid melting and rain we are now able to enjoy the beautiful flowers that are ‘smiling’ at the sunshine-filled days. Let’s hope they last!

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fields of pink

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arctic cotton

Igloo building

Solomon Awa a professional guide with many years of experience building igloos and teaching others how to survive off the land demonstrated how to build an igloo.

  • In a few hours he was able to complete the igloo complete with benches inside.
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The fire trucks paid the neighboring apartment building a visit

firetruck

On the side of the truck ,although difficult to read, is the word ‘fire/incendie and the syllabics for the word- fire. Interesting fact is that the Baffin region is the only part of Nunavut which uses syllabics. Currently there is a review to consider standardizing the language across the Territory, however there are difficulties presented as  it has been primarily an oral based language. On a side note all is ok and the small fire in the neighboring building was contained.

Some uniquely northern Facebook posts

1INTERESTING HAT2 pOLAR BEAR FACDE BOOK    3  WALRUS MEAT FOR SALE

 

  1. Interesting hat made with seal skin pieces.
  2. Polar bear hide for sale.
  3. Walrus meat for sale.

These are just a few of the items which make living in the north unique.  Very interesting to note that all the community events, cancellations etc. are all on Facebook. So despite the fact that I was always somewhat opposed to the ‘like culture’  and the ‘unfriend’ parts of Facebook in place of real interactions , I now am a part of the Facebook group here.

The days are getting shorter…

 

The sun rises around 7:50 am,  as we head to work and sets by around 2:30 pm. Soon we will be arriving at work before the sun rises and leaving after it has set. : (  We have taken out the ‘blue light’ and have it on while eating breakfast in hopes that we can ‘trick’ our brains. So far when I look out in the afternoon and see that it is already dark my brain begins to measure the time. Hence, by 7 pm. my brain thinks it must be time to go to bed (around 5 hours after the sun sets). Interesting how the our bodies and minds are influenced by the sun/moon cycle.daylight sunset