When Does 2 Frozen Pizzas + Toothpaste + Pringles = $43 ?

Answer, when you’re in Iqaluit. A rueben at a nice coffee shop cost $18. It was a good reuben, even if it didn’t come with any sides.

I landed here yesterday. I’m here for some training before starting as vice-principal at Qitiqliq Middle School in Arviat, NU in mid-August.

Flew up in a 737. Passengers are put in the back half of the plane. The front half is used for cargo. Sure, Canada is huge east to west and after a three hour flight @ 33,000 feet, from Ottawa, I can confirm we’re huge north to south too lol

I’ve had to brush up considerably on my geography and history. I’m just learning that Iqaluit – the capital of Nunavut – was temporarily known, by those who didn’t live here, as Frobisher Bay from 1943-1987. It was named after Martin Frobisher who stumbled here whilst looking for the infamous (at least, in Canadian folklore) Northwest West Passage.

Although above the tree line, Iqaluit’s shore does not rest on the Arctic Ocean (told you I was just learning), rather it rests on the Labrador Sea, part of the Atlantic Ocean.

Inuktitut is the language spoken here (and Eastern Nunavut more generally) by Inuit, as are English and French.

Today I went to St. Jude’s Cathedral, an Anglican Church. I should have said “Hey” but I forgot. St. Jude’s is shaped like an Igloo. Really a fascinating structure. Martin Forbisher is said to have held the first Anglican/Episcopalian church service in North America in Iqaluit.

I have some pictures but the internet is such that I can’t post them now. I’ll put them on Facebook when I return to Ontario in about a week.

Peace,

~Jim

The Real Work

I came across this poem today. I hope it moves you as it does me.

The Real Work

It may be that when we no longer know what to do
we have come to our real work,

and that when we no longer know which way to go
we have come to our real journey.

The mind that is not baffled is not employed.

The impeded stream is the one that sings.
                                                                                ~ Wendell Berry