It’s been a busy week here in Iqaluit. This week I’ve been reintroduced to the joy of taking taxi’s here in Iqaluit. It’s been darn cold…with the wind chill in the -40C range, so a taxi is a good thing. Because Iqaluit is so small…taxi’s charge by the person…it’s $6 for anywhere you want to go in Iqaluit. Because of the limited number of taxi’s in town.. and it being so cold…this week when a cab showed up at the Frobisher Inn lots of people jumped in! It’s not unusual for you share a cab with others! Nothing like meeting new friends while you are trying to get to work on time!
This week I have had a few adventures…
* I got in my taxi with 4 others on Tuesday morning…after waiting about 25mins for one to arrive at the Frobisher Inn (Frob). We all rattle off where we are going… I was heading to a building that was in the opposite direction of everyone else…BUT still got to go to the Hospital, Arctic College, Arctic Hotel (formerly known as the Nova) and then out to the airport before driving back to Building 157 where I was going to work. Nothing like a tour of Iqaluit to get your day started! (But honestly it was better than walking that 15mins in the crazy cold!)
* The next morning I got into a taxi and headed without too many problems to my destination. The driver actually took us on a few roads I’ve never been on…that actually got out of the crazy 8:30am traffic rush in Iqaluit!
* Thursday morning was another interesting morning…the driver drove past the road where my building was…then took me to the Arctic Hotel…then up to Building 519…then back to the Post office before heading back to drop me off! Taking a cab is kind of like an adventure in every ride… you never know how many other people the cabbie will pick up or in what order everyone will be dropped off!
* Friday night I was taking a cab back from my friend’s house. I thought it would be straight forward…but nope, ended up behind some person’s house waiting for another passenger for like 15mins. It was only after I asked nicely to continue on the way back to the hotel that the driver carried on without picking up the 2nd passenger. The funniest with this situation was…I gave him $10…and asked for a receipt. He said to me, “…I don’t have a pen.” and handed back the $10 for me. So weird, free ride for me….let me tell you I jumped out fast!
Honestly when I’m back in southern Canada I totally miss these $6 anywhere kind of cab rides. It’s been a good week for work and for catching up with friends here in town. I still have some more time here, so looking forward to it! There’s lots of ‘rumours’ going around in town right now about some celebrities in town…. George Clooney, Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Downey Jr. I’ll have to keep my eyes open, but honestly…haven’t seen any one famous yet!