Getting acclimated

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Days are pretty short this time of year. It’s pitch dark, with stars visible in the sky, until after 8 a.m. and again after 5:00 p.m. With the sun low in the sky, it’s never a bright sunny day. The whole town shuts down at 12:30 or 1:00 for lunch, when you’ll see the shopkeepers leave and the students on their way home. At 2:00 the students are out again going back to school, but the stores don’t open until 3:00. It does not leave a lot of time left to run errands in the daylight.

Weather is pretty consistently cold, ranging from 25 to 32 degrees in the daytime, and there are always clouds in the sky. Occasionally there are very strong winds that blast across the sound. Snow falls, but disappears quickly in the area near the water. The weather forecasts are not trusted by the locals. So far, the wind storms and snow showers that have occurred were not predicted on, but snow is expected for tomorrow. We’ll see.

There are two Roman Catholic churches in the town. The church pictured is on the main plaza. Built in the early 20th century, it was the first brick building in town. The other buildings were made with corrugated tin.