With the holidays approaching, volunteer Jenn says, “I’m thinking of all the tables around which will sit all the people I love: here, near, north, south, internationally, in memory.
Courtney writes about how hard it is to write about living in Nome when she’s enmeshed in the day to day adjustments of living somewhere new.
Kristin falls on the ice and sees the Northern Lights, an eventful week that makes her ponder the place she lives.
Francesca explores her obsession with a rare winter commodity: Sunlight.
“It’s inevitable that during this volunteer experience we grow into new versions of ourselves,” Caitlin says.
Francesca reflects on past lives, paradise, and confronting her “character flaws.”
Caitlin longingly gazes out her window and reflects on the first snow of the season.
“What is this year going to mean?” volunteer Jenn asks. “Who are we going to be next year when the days start to grow longer again, when the icy, liquid-metal sea melts back to blue?”
Despite a whole list of worries and fears, Kristin continues to adventure here in Nome and learns what it really means to be “brave”.
Francesca reflects on the beauty — and brevity — of fall in Western Alaska.