Monday, January 18, 2010

A Typical School Morning

Every morning I walk over to the other teacher apartment building to meet up with a group of teachers before school. Since it is polar bear season and still very dark in the mornings, we feel most comfortable walking in small groups. Probably this has a reverse effect and makes us too comfortable (so that we let our guards down), but there is no sense in being terrified every morning on the mile walk to school.

When I get there, I usually have to tunnel into the door and tunnel out with a shovel so I can dig them out of their place. This morning I walked up to their door and discovered that the doorknob was clear down by my knee. I felt like Alice in Wonderland, only there was no magical pill to take. I had to shovel snow instead to fix my dilemma.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Back to Gambell

Christmas Break never lasts as long as I wish it would! Time to fly back to Gambell and do this teaching thing all over again. The good news is that I'm exactly halfway through my year in bush Alaska. The bad news is that there are virtually no holidays or overseas meetings this semester, so the semester will seem extra-long.

View from the bush plane while flying over Gambell: