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Arrival to Nome

Hellos and Goodbyes

Our first family photo

Summer brings a time of transition for KNOM volunteers as new folks arrive and the current volunteers look on to new adventures. Tara looks back on the year’s experiences with her fellow housemates.

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Don’t kiss any polar bears

As March cruises past us and April quickly approaches I can no longer pretend this isn’t happening: I have less than five months left at KNOM. It still hasn’t completely sunk in but reality is approaching hard and fast, much like this year’s Iditarod trail, and my successor could very well be hidden in a…

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First view of Nome. August 2013.

Anna Rose reflects on feeling a sense of belonging and purpose on coming to Nome and to KNOM. In Alaska, she says, “for the first time in long memory, I feel gravity.”

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Constant Reminders

Tara in front of the Welcome to Nome sign

Twenty-one days. I have been in Nome three weeks and yet I feel as though I have been here much, much longer. I had to continually remind myself on the plane that I was doing it. I was leaving the only home I’ve ever known to spend a year in Alaska. Most people thought I…

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Once Upon a Time to Happy Thereafter

Once upon a time, I arrived in Nome and met the four eleven people who would be my friends and co-workers for the year. When we five volunteers rode back to the house, Ellie Goulding’s “Anything Could Happen” played all the way through. We drove around the town, and the reality that these were my roomies…

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