Today marks our one year anniversary of moving to Nunavut. Actually, it marks our one year anniversary of leaving to move to Nunavut, but we didn't actually make it to the territory until August 1 due to a plane delay. I thought it would be fun to do a his/her post on to mark the monumental occasion, so we're both going to share some of our reflections of the past year with you today. Thanks for sticking it out with us as we figured our way out in our new surroundings and following us on our adventure! We hope you continue on our journey with us as we keep chillin' in Nunavut!
Some days it’s hard to believe it’s been a year already; other days, that it’s only been a year since we arrived. Looking back on the last 365 days, I realize we've experienced more than we expected to, but still have some essential items on our to-do list before we end this chapter in our lives. Personally, this trip has challenged and changed us in ways we hadn't expected. Here’s a look back at some of our most memorable moments:
|Beautiful Baker Lake|
- Learning some of the local language (Inuktituk). Key phrases like Ma'na (thank-you), “Ublaahatkut” (good morning) and Umiaryuap Publimaaqpaga tattaurniq ammayaq (My hovercraft is full of eels) have made integration a little easier. Okay, that last one isn't so helpful, but it does generate a big laugh when you pronounce it correctly.
- Sampling some country foods. While we haven’t tried muskox or ptarmingan, we did get our first taste of Arctic Char (delicious) and nikpu, or caribou jerky. Still on the list is those listed above, caribou stew, seal and muktuk (whale fat).
- Learning to live with a Yorkie. Very different from what we're used to, but ridiculously cute, and full of energy. He is a welcome member of the household, and we can't quite remember what life was like before he joined our family. He's been the best part about moving here.
- Our first blizzard was intense, and made us realize how powerful Mother Nature can be. Similarly, our first real glimpse of the Northern Lights was awe-inspiring.
- Our trip home in February underscored how much we missed our families and friends, but also, how much we had grown accustomed to living a much simpler lifestyle.
All in all, it’s been a good first year, and we're looking forward to seeing how we fare in the next one.
|Our first view of Baker Lake - August 1, 2012|
I'm sure you know from following the blog over the past year that it hasn't always been easy. There are times when the homesickness still strikes, but those days are less and less as time goes on. It's not the same as the south, but there are certain charms and beauties here that are so awe-inspiring and so wonderful that we are thankful every day for the opportunity to be here.
We have grown as individuals, as a couple, and even as a family with the addition of our amazing little Pepper. This past year has taught us how strong we are, how much we can endure, and has afforded us memories and opportunities that we have never dreamed possible. It's been a wonderful experience over the past 365 days and we are looking forward to the next 365.
From that silent prayer on the plane not that long ago, I can safely and unequivocally say - yes, this was not only the right choice, but the perfect choice.