I usually write my blog only when I travel, but since I moved to a somewhat exotic area, I will try to put some pictures and stories from time to time...
So for those who don't know already, I now live in Northern Quebec, in Kuujjuaq. Moved here about 2 weeks ago, and now live in a big Inuit house (no, not an igloo!!!!), in the inuit part of town. I say that because the town is really divided into little suburbs. Some people say ghettos, but people seem to get along, although naturally most Whites socialize together and Inuit socialize together. Teahcers live in one area, hospital folks in another, etc. But one interesting things that I really like is how people speak French, English and/or Inukitut, whatever works and no issue about it.
Of course one of the first thing I did when I moved here was to go grocery shopping. It was quite pricy, but to be expected in a fly-in community. I spent a good $300 at the first grocery store and another $100 soon after at the other one, and when I opened my fridge after all that I wondered where all that money
In the chopper
On the way to Monts-Pyramides
went! My fridge didn't look very full for $400. But it is surprising what we can find here, and certain things like good cheese is almost the same price here as it is down south. So it will be a better investment to eat Saint-Andre or Saint-Morgon rather than No Name Mozarella... I like it! Also, there is a huge selection of fruits and veggies, some that I had never seen anywhere in the world before.
Of course many things are not available, but this is why the post office is so busy here. Mail order is one of my new hobbies and thank god I will get a good pay check soon! I will also buy a good camera to be able to take nice pictures of the amazing places I will get to see.
Already last Sunday I had the chance to fly to the area called Monts-Pyramides, where a new park will be created eventually. This is the main project we are working on right now and I was pretty excited to see the region. This was also my first experience in a helicopter and I LOVED it. Woaw! This is really like being a
First attempt at French baguette
Well, the shape was a bit odd, the texture far from real baguette, but it was the most satisfying baguette I ever had!
bird. Flying over the rivers, really low and being able to see such vast pretty well untouched country. The rivers are amazing, the change from toundra to open-forest areas, the frozen lakes and jumble ice on the rivers, miles and miles of land where the George River caribou herd usually lives, I felt very privileged to be there.
My job is great, and my co-workers are awesome. A bunch of young women for the most part, we all love the outdoors and the north, all seem super happy to be here and taking full advantage of it. I love the team work, and I really have the impression that we are writing a bit of history as we are creating new parks.
There would be a lot more to say, but I want to go outside tonight, it is sunny and we had mostly cloudy days so far. By the way I did a few bike trips since I moved here. We have over 60 km of road to bike on, and you don't have to go far to feel far away from everything! I bike everyday from home to work, takes me hum... 2 minutes to goto
Endless miles of similar landscape
work and 3 to come back. This is one of the things I like the most: no more 2.5 hours of commuting. I can go home for lunch, and I have much more time to do all kinds of other things, like making bread, my new Saturday morning ritual! Not to mention the much more relaxed pace up here.
I put some pictures on the web, but should be able to add some soonish, I am having trouble with my computer and can't download the photos I took this weekend...
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