Ian has been saying to me that it won’t feel real up here until we have a place to live. Until then, things feel like a vacation. And although it’s been pretty much a working vacation for us, I feel the same way. However we’ve certainly been feeling more at home here – especially since we moved from our very crowded studio suite to our much larger and very comfortable one bedroom suite here at the Capital Suites. I highly recommend this place if you’re planning on visiting Iqaluit for any length of time. True, hotel accommodations are not inexpensive, but this is probably one of the less costly locations. If you’re here for an extended amount of time, a full kitchen certainly helps keep food costs down as well. As Ian and I well know, eating dinner out at least once a day is not only pricey, but frustrating. Though I have to say that I’m sure the restauranteurs appreciate the business.
Needless to say, a bigger place means that Ian and I don’t have to trip over each other. Wait, let me correct myself. It means that Jemaine doesn’t have to trip everyone up when we’re walking around. Of course, it doesn’t mean anything, because he still sits right under Ian almost all the time when I’m at work, and follows both of us around when he’s not cowering in fear of our parkas under the couch. I don’t ask to have strange cats…it just happened.
Over the past couple of weeks, things have definitely been transforming into the traditional winter wonderland for Christmas. There is a Christmas decorating contest in town, and if I recall correctly, the winner could possibly win a return ticket to Ottawa. That’s a huge deal with a return ticket can cost you $1500. It’s kind of funny how most draws and raffles also lure ticket buyers with this same technique – the return airfare to Ottawa seems to be a welcome prize for most Iqalummiut. It’s also been nice to see that the Capital Suites has decided to decorate, since we will not be able to do that until we have our own apartment – and our stuff from down south!
This past Saturday was a nice change for us too – we got to check out a craft fair at Inuksuk High School. Well, we would have been able to check it out if I didn’t think it was running 10 AM to 2 PM instead of 10 AM to 12 PM. We made it there right around noon, and luckily some vendors were still hanging around. We missed most of the arts and crafts unfortunately, but there were some food vendors still around. We got some good advice from one of the vendors – whenever you have the chance to buy homemade goods in Iqaluit, take it! It’s not that often that you can find baked goods for such reasonable prices…and they’re oh so good! Ian and I made off like bandits with two bricks of mozzarella cheese – one stuffed with dill, the other with horseradish, snowballs (coconut-covered cocoa goodies), and a huge cherry pie. Surprisingly, the cherry pie has lasted until today – that’s five days if you’re counting – and if you know me at all, you know that’s pretty darn good. Cherries are my weakness. So I’m about to go put that pie out of its misery right about now.