Monthly Archives: November 2013

3rd Time’s a Charm

Yesterday evening I arrived home on the evening flight from Iqaluit…around 7:30pm. I was suppose to arrive Saturday afternoon but in fact arrived Monday night!  Travelling in the north sometimes can be really unpredictable.  The weather plays a major role if your flights will get you from Point A to Point B on the day you think you will travel*. Remember when I was trying to get home in May but ended up across the country in Yellowknife?  Do you know what the other funny random part to this story…my flight from Ottawa to Iqaluit–I had one of the same flight attendants that were on that trip to Yellowknife! So funny eh?!   (*There are also mechanical issues as well, but those are different sorts of delays!)

Let’s back-track a bit…I arrived in Ottawa on Friday and spent the afternoon picking up some last minute things to add to my luggage. Saturday morning I got up bright and early for my 7:15am shuttle to the airport.  All my luggage packed and ready to go!  (that’s 3 pieces of checked luggage at around 70lbs each…and 2 carry ons + my purse).  Every time I fly home I vow the next time I’ll have less luggage…but that is forgotten until I’m lugging the bags around. It was a gorgeous day in Ottawa…it was suppose to get up to 14C at some point on the weekend…but I knew the temps would be much colder when I got home!

Photos from before I got on my plane in Ottawa

The first hic-up in the plan was we had a delay leaving Ottawa.  One of the flight attendants was sick, so they had to get a replacement from the hotel to the airport!  That took just over an hour…but I was starting to wonder if I’d make my 2pm connection to Pang.  But didn’t stress too much…what will happen will happen.

TVs on the Plane

I was excited when I got on the plane..it wasn’t a normal plane used for the Ottawa to Iqaluit route… it had and inflight entertainment system!  So nice to watch a movie…ended up watching Epic… it was a really cute cartoon!

I spent some time using my new camera to grab some shots out the window…goodbye Ottawa.

looking out airplane window at Ottawa

Looking out at snowy tundra makes me so happy- because it’s just so gorgeous!  Looking out the window at tundra

Hello, Iqaluit…

Hello IqaluitAs we landed the sun was just starting to set…it was about 1:30pm! The sun was setting...

 

I arrived in time for my flight to Pang…but my bags didn’t make the flight…so they were going to spend the night in Iqaluit and follow me the next day!  The day was looking up… I was a wee bit bummed out because I was going to have lunch with good friends in Iqaluit but that was cancelled because of my delay!

So the weather was iffy in Pang…we were green carded at the gate…so that meant if we ended up back in Iqaluit the airline wouldn’t be responsible for meals & hotels.  We ended up circling at the mouth of the fjord for about 20minutes but the ceiling wasn’t high enough…so we turned around and flew back to Iqaluit.  That’s what I call a 2 hour fly-by!

When I arrived back in Iqaluit I called my friends and ended up going to their house for the evening.  It was great to catch up…and spend some time with them.

Bags in Iqaluit...

I was rebooked with a different airline that flew on Sunday (since my original carrier didn’t fly to Pang on Sunday!) Remember all those bags? and how heavy they were…they came too and from the airport….when I checked back in on Sunday, only to find out that the weather was still bad in Pang and the flight was cancelled.  I was rebooked on the Monday evening flight!

After a day spent in our Iqaluit office… I headed back to the airport for the third time. Hoping I would get out of Iqaluit before the blizzard that was suppose to happen in the next 24 hours.  I managed to fly out in the right window–able to leave Iqaluit but then also land in Pang!  I was lucky and ended up home…and even a lucky bonus the contents of my cooler were still cold (but not 100% frozen yet…).

When you travel anywhere you should always be prepared for delays…and have patience! And one friend in Iqaluit says I have the worst travelling ju-ju ever…and she says she doesn’t want to fly with me!

Expat to Expat Q & A: November

Last month I joined in on the Expat to Expat Link Up and decided to join in again this month. Thanks again to Belinda at Found Love Now What? and Ballie at The Hemborg Wife for organizing this link-up!

Question #1: What advice would you give to your pre-expat self?

Me in 2009

Here’s me in early March of 2009 days before I left Ontario to live in Nunavut for the first time!

I think the advice I’d give myself before I moved to Nunavut would be pretty similar if I was still living in Southern Canada.  Look for the adventure in every day, seize the moment…have no regrets! Remember that just because something isn’t familiar or what you are use to doesn’t mean it doesn’t have value. There will be hard times, but think of all the awesome fun experiences you will have.  Focus on the positive.

Question #2: How do you reconcile what you thought life would be like in your new home and it is in actuality? i.e. did you think you would be fluent in your new language and you are still struggling with the basics

Life often isn’t what we thought it would be…that’s something that has to happen no matter where you live. I think at some point you have to realize that living far away from your family, friends and all things familiar…you are going to have bad days. One of my favourite books growing up was Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst. Alexander is having a rough day and wants to move to Australia.  But in the end his mum reminds him that everyone has terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days…even in Australia!

ALEXANDER_TERRIBLE_HORRIBLE

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One way to help you with the process of reconciliation is that I think you need to keep it real, and remember that even if you were living at home with your family and friends close by…just like Alexander’s mum said…those horrible days also happen elsewhere!

The other advice I’d give was not to be hard on yourself…it’s a process getting to know your new home. Learning languages takes time…establishing friendships also is something that takes time.  Just be easy on yourself and give it some time!

Found Love.  Now What?

Remembrance Day…

One of my favourite comics since I have been a kid was “For Better or For Worse” by Lynn Johnston.  The comic strip is based in North Bay, Ontario…and follows a family.  I went to university in North Bay.  While I was in university, her comic strip character “Elizabeth” went to university…Nipissing University. I remember going on a scavenger hunt with my friend Sarah to find the real-size cartoon cut out to take photos with…we found her in the President’s Office!

This comic strip about Remembrance Day was on Facebook last week…and I decided to repost it here.

For Better or for Worse{Source} 

I’m taking some time later this morning to remember at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month all those that fought, served and worked for peace.  I will stand with other Canadians as we take a moment to pause in our busy lives to remember, thinking about the thousands of men and women who sacrificed their lives in military service. That’s why I wear a poppy.

Lest we forget.

Nominated

This morning I woke up to a wonderful surprise when I checked my email.  Sarah on the Road has been nominated for the 2013 Canadian Weblog Awards in the Travel category.  As I sit and type this I am quite shocked…but honoured to have been nominated.  Thanks to the reader that took the time to nominate Sarah on the Road!

2013 Canadian Weblog Awards nominee

What does that mean? Well each year Canadian blogs are nominated from February 1st until October 31st in different categories.  The aim of the Canadian Weblog Awards is to promote great weblogs from across Canada.  This blogging award is a juried competition–so no voting is required!  This also means the competition isn’t about popularity but about content!  After a blog is nominated a panel of volunteer judges narrows down the list to the top five nominees.  The list all the nominees is released on November 15th…but this morning I got an email to let me know my blog made that list!  In the next few weeks the judges will look at the remaining blogs using a set criteria and the winners of each category will be released on December 1st!

As a blogger I am always looking for new blogs to read…Canadian ones are sometimes harder to find.  So I’m excited to go check out the blog roll from 2012 winners to find some new blogs to read.

Thanks again for the nomination, I’m looking forward to visiting the other blogs that have been nominated in 2013 .

Happy Birthday John…

Happy Birthday to you,

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to YOU,

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR LITTLE BROTHER….

HaPpY BiRtHdAy to YOU!!!!

John's Birthday

Hope you are having a fantastic Birthday…and enjoyed your time at the hunting camp!  It was so great to see you while I was in the south…I am looking forward to seeing you again next week before I head back to Nunavut! John...

You are a story teller…and it’s always awesome to listen to your new stories.  Thanks for being the best little bro a girl could ask for…
luv you, Sarah

 

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