July 25, 2018

Hello! Just got back a few days ago from my UK vacation. I got a healthy tax return from living in the arctic last year, and decided to use a portion of it on a vacation. I'd really been craving going to the UK for a while, and decided, screw it, let's do it. 

I asked a couple of friends if they'd be...

July 5, 2017

When I was little, I grew up in Golden. When we'd go to Calgary we would stop in Cochrane and get Ice Cream. Cochrane is an interesting city. It's a big city but when you are in the historic downtown area where MacKay's Ice Cream is in, you'd think it was a tiny village. It's fantastic and in the be...

July 5, 2017

As the furthest North mainland community in Canada, Tuk is pretty remote. The all seasons road will be open later this year, but until then there was the ice road in the winter, the planes year round (weather permitting) and barges in the summer. Because it's so remote and small, you wouldn't expect...

June 28, 2017

It's a whirlwind up here. And that's just describing the weather!

My time in Tuk is down to it's last week. Friday was high school grad, Monday was kindergarten grad. 

Sunday I had the opportunity to go to a whale harvest! A 15+ foot Beluga whale had been caught in the harbour and was being harvested!...

June 19, 2017

When people come to Tuk in the summer, there is a photo they all take: the quintessential, dipping your toe in the Arctic Ocean picture. Except they're usually still wearing winter clothes. 

Not me, I'm the big tough Viking. (Though Icelanders thought I was crazy and under dressed when I was there......

June 6, 2017

Part of travelling is eating the local cuisine. Maybe things you've never even heard of or thought you would/could ever eat. 

Since I've come up to Tuk, I have had the following things I'd never eaten before (I'd had Caribou before):



Reindeer is tasty, similar to Caribou, it's a very moi...

May 22, 2017

As spring turns to summer and I start counting down to Portugal, we've got some more exciting stories coming up. 

My high school chum Camille Gladstone is in Valencia, Spain right now. She's another travelling teacher, but she goes to the warmer and more urban places than we tend to go to. She's been...

May 22, 2017

Sorry I've been so MIA. I did this great hike around Tuk and up to the DEW line and then proceeded to get a flu bug and spend the next week in bed. Or trying to go to school, fainting and having to come back home. You'd think this would mean ample time to write, but you'd be wrong. It was ample time...

April 30, 2017

Hello! So I arrived back in Tuk on Friday after a 3 day journey (Edmonton-Whitehorse. Whitehorse-Inuvik. Inuvik-Tuk) to wonderful food and my nice warm bed. 

The ice road has officially closed down today, so from now on, all our groceries and everything will be coming via plane. Prices will be going...

April 17, 2017

Presented with minimal edits from August 1st, 2009. Please remember that I was 15. 


It was a great trip. I mean, I ate nearly nothing because I couldn't stand the food. And the heat and humidity in Shanghai was unbearable (Think upwards of 50 including humidity) the 2nd hot...

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