I have arrived!!
Today is my third day in Anchorage, yet it feels like I have been here for weeks. 20 hours of sunlight really effects the mindset. The long hours of sunlight definitely has it's ups and downs. So far in two days, I have hiked 2 local mountains and traveled at least 50 miles by bicycle. Tons of exercise and physical abuse, yet I'm only sleeping for 5-6 hours a night. Sleeping while it's light out was a struggle the first night, but last night I just kept my head under the covers.
My first day at hostel was pretty interesting right off the bat. The owner greeted me at the door and before I even made my way inside the door, he asked if I wanted to go for a bike ride with the two other employees here. I had already been traveling for 12 hours that day and didn't eat much, but how could I turn this down!? Well, little did I know it was an intense 3 mile path with tons of serious hills. During our ride, we stopped off at a cliff just before the Ted Stevenson Airport runway. Massive 747 passenger planes were flying in, just above our heads. While I am from New Jersey and used to seeing a ton of planes all day, seeing this insanely huge 300 passenger plane coming in for a landing right above me was so incredible. I can see myself relaxing at this cliff many times in the future.
The hostel environment is really unique. I've only been here for about 48 hours and I have already met awesome people from New Zealand, Germany, Ukraine, Austria, and even Virginia! The people have so many amazing stories and beliefs on life, it's incredible. Being that there was a large group of 20 anthropology students arriving from Austria, I gave up my bed for them and settled in the shack in the backyard. There's a few beds inside, no water, no heat, but I ran an electric cord from the house for power, yet I haven't used it yet. I'm enjoying this. I like the privacy.
The days here are so long that you can work a full 8 hours, and still have plenty of time to get out and enjoy any activity you wish. There's some many people in and out of the hostel and doing such awesome things everyday, it's super easy to tag along and join. I already have plans for the remainder of the week! Tomorrow drive 3 hours to Seward for the day, Sunday and Wednesdays are ultimate frisbee days, Friday we're camping at a concert 2 hours away, Saturday art festival, Sunday meeting up with Instragram celebrities. I've been soaking Anchorage in so much, that I haven't even unpacked my camera!
As of now, I am unemployed. I have a phone interview with a lake lodge about 180 miles North. The position is for general maintenance, housekeeping, helping guests, etc. It's pretty secluded from other towns so it will be very interesting. My next blog, I will go into detail on techniques and websites how to job search away from your current living area.
Till next time,