It’s good to be back here—in my own place, in the bright lights of the big city and in the blogosphere as well. I was so busy and stressed in Iqaluit that I didn’t feel up to writing, let alone blogging, and my Internet connection was such that the latter probably wouldn’t have been feasible anyway.
I saw a seal-skinning contest and ate a bit of the raw seal meat as well. I also tried raw blubber and raw Arctic char, though the latter tastes better cooked, IMO. I staggered to work through the start of a blizzard and bought bear carvings and learned how to say “white man” in Inuktitut. But now I’m back, and here are a few of the pictures from my sojourn in the Land of Always Winter. Also some from a brief trip to Nova Scotia, which was a lot more fun.
Enjoying one of Nature’s popsicles in the Sylvia Grinnell Park. Would you believe this picture was taken in June?
So was this one. I took off my coat and sweater for the photograph so I would look hardcore, and I was shivering uncontrollably.
The seal-skinning contest, held for Nunavut Day celebrations.
One of the many stone sculptures in Iqaluit.
A plane coming in to land.
Picking apples in Nova Scotia. I’ve never eaten so many apples, and it was fun learning to tell the different strains apart.
Not going to fall… not going to fall…
This is one of the most incredible views I’ve ever seen. That’s the ocean framed between the rocks, and a huge seaweed garden waving softly in the tide.
The car stopped at the side of the road so I could look at the cows… and all the cows promptly congregated at the fence to look at me.
A corn maze. I’m pretending I’m in “Children of the Corn”, hence the peculiar expression.
Flowers growing between the rocks at Peggy’s Cove.
It was definitely an unforgettable time of my life.