9/26/07

The eagle has landed!

Do we even have eagles up north? The only birds I've seen since I arrived yesterday are MASSIVE crows. Just when I think I've escaped the land of over-sized vermin (*ahem, Ontario squirrels)... along come Nunavutian (I KNOW that's not the right word to describe the Nunavut residents, but I can't remember how to spell it right now) crows the size of ... well... cats. Flying, black cats. Yikes.
 
So yes, I have arrived. And I will post some pictures in due time. At this point, I don't have internet from home ... I tried hooking up to a wireless signal ... but I couldn't get the "network address" ... so no dice.
 
I took this wild video of us landing in Iqaluit. You can really get a good feel for the style of housing, and the landscape. And it finishes off with a grand view of the BRIGHT YELLOW airport terminal. I had heard about it, but it still caught me by surprise.
 
It's interesting though, the landscape, the ground and the hills and the roads are all very... bland in colour. But the buildings, so many of them have a really distinct colour to them... or at least a bright blue, green, red etc. trim. All the houses are on stilts because of the permafrost... and Iqaluit is a really hilly town, so the stilts vary in length from one end of a house to another. I went for a walk yesterday, after I arrived and got mini-settled in my place, and saw this one house, set on a hill, anchored in the front, level to the land, and easily... twenty feet off the ground at the back, supported by metal stilts. 
 
Had my grocery shopping experience yesterday. It was about as bad as I expected... unfortunately the closest grocery store is about a 20-25 minute walk from my house, so I tried to hit up the convenience store next door first... and really struggled because I couldn't think what to eat... they had no meat, no produce (except for bananas). So I settled for pasta, sauce and cheese... and an $8 2L carton of milk. 
 
BUT then I headed down to the "real" grocery store... and found the strangest thing. Asparagus, fresh (and VERY TASTY) for $4. Now asparagus is generally REALLY pricey back home... so its funny to see it so reasonably priced up here. And cheese isn't that bad either. So I think I'll just cut out milk and get all my calcium from cheese. 
 
And my Vitamin C from Tang. 
 
I also died a little when my TWO largish-potatoes came to almost seven dollars. This is going to be the best diet ever. Only half-a-potato for supper for me! Haha, or at least till I get paid.  

2 comments:

Rob & Tina September 26, 2007 at 12:08 PM  

Congrats on landing! What is the grocery store? It is the "Northern?" I was also very shocked by what I called "crows on steriods", but was quick to be corrected that they are Ravens, not crows. Looks the same to me! They freak me out. The produce in most places is subsidized so the prices are somewhat reasonable, somewhat. :) Can't wait to see your pictures!

towniebastard September 26, 2007 at 12:17 PM  

You've already been corrected on the ravens. And yes, they are terrifyingly large. There are stories of them swooping down and carting away small cats and dogs.

The best places for buying food are, as you probably know, Arctic Ventures, NorthMart and, if you can find it, Baffin Cannery. The later is out near the airport, behind the Worker's Compensation Office. The selection can be a bit limited, but if they don't have what you're looking for, ask and they'll check around for you. It's primarily a warehouse first, supermarket second.

You can also use Food mail, but that might be something you're better off playing with once you get settled in Rankin rather than messing around with it for the short time you're in Iqaluit.

Oh, and welcome to the craziness.