As I pack my bags to head home for a week, I thought I would reflect on 10 things I’ve learned in Alaska after living here for 10 weeks.
10. When at a stoplight, if the light turns green and the person in front of you doesn’t go, it is not appropriate to honk. I didn’t learn this until I had been up here a few weeks and was laying on my horn in true LA fashion and the person next to me looked at me appalled. Then I started to take notice that people just do not honk up here, even if they are sitting at the light through 2 green lights, nothing.
9. Do not schedule appointments during moose hunting season. I was trying to get my car serviced and apparently the only technician working was booked for three months since all the other technicians were hunting. I wish I was joking.
8. On that note, moose is offered on a menu more frequently than chicken. Moose chili, moose burgers, moose on a stick. I have yet to try it.
7. Apparently 20 degrees and -20 degrees feel a lot different. Everyone is telling me “Oh, you think THIS is cold, just wait until winter comes.” Um, isn’t this winter?
6. When it snows, you can no longer wear your cute flats anymore. Or your super cute “rain boots” from Steve Madden that have no traction. Snow boots it is.
5. Snow is fun for the first few days. You go out, play around, take pictures and then you realize that it isn’t going away for the next 8 months. Seriously, snow is on the ground 8 months of the year here.
4. Hockey is very popular. I’m not sure if it’s the fact that you can’t play sports outside for 8 months of the year or what, but it’s a big deal. Q and I are big little league hockey followers.
3. The summers make up for the winters. Summer is GORGEOUS, it’s green, light out until 2AM, warm, it is truly gorgeous. Winters are dark for 2/3 of the day, snowy and cold. But hey, I can say I lived in Alaska for a year.
2. Driving in snow is treacherous. This little Prius is trying its hardest, but I do slip slid on the roads. Also, you need to give yourself 10 yards to come to a stop and NEVER step on the gas while making a turn…
1. That stuff on your windshield that looks like snow is actually ice. And you need to take an ice scraper to get it off your windshield. Do not just try to use your wipers over and over again. When in need, use your best girl voice and politely say to the man next to you “Am I doing this right?” while using the wrong side of the ice scraper. Works every time.Pin It