Sunday, March 20, 2011
Tracy and I took the time to walk around Iqaluit on this _gorgeous_ day... it’s unbelievable how breathtaking the scenery is. We walked to the store, which had all sorts of animal furs on sale. They also had an incredible collection of books, so I think I might pick some of those up when I come back through. We were both surprised to find that the grocery section had a huge selection of fresh fruit and vegetables as well as tons of items that I wouldn't have expected... like pumpernickel bread and blue cheese. I guess I'm not as immune to stereotyping as I thought I was. As we walked around town, there were all sorts of ravens and there was a constant buzz of snowmobiles. We had to carefully choose our photo opportunities so we didn’t get run over!
Everywhere we looked, we were reminded of the fact that we are “not in
anymore”. Even the road signs are in Inuktitut. We saw many women wearing the traditional coats with room in the back for a baby (and many babies, too!). It really feels like a totally different country... Kansas
Iqaluit is right on the edge of the sea, so the harbour was very close. We walked down and It’s pretty easy to fall in love with Iqaluit when the sun is shining and everyone is out and about.