Friday, May 18, 2012

Traveling and Arriving

I have made it to Kimmirut!

This was such a long journey and a very emotional one for me. Monday night I was still not done packing so I went to work on that and inserted a bit of a going away party. My sisters got me a Wii , which made the trip to Kimmirut with me! It took my mom and my uncle and I to get everything all packed and taped. I finished packing about 12 am . I had to be awake at 2am to start the trip.

Getting to the airport in Fredericton we found that one of my totes was over weight by like a pound. So my mom did some shuffling and we made ti work. Air Canada also checked my luggage straight through until Kimmirut which meant that when I arrived in Ottawa I did not have to worry about getting my luggage , what a relief!

The flight from Fredericton to Ottawa was very noisy I was on a small Dash -8 plane. I was able to sleep and that was good. I got to Ottawa and had about a 2 hour wait until I got on the flight to Iqaluit.

The First Air flight to Iqaluit was great, I was in the last seat of the plane and had no seat mates which was great! First Air is really awesome I got breakfast on the plane as well as hot towel, three options of newspapers and a pillow and blanket ... Airline service is still in existence?

So I get into Iqaluit and they tell me my flight to Kimmirut has been delayed due to weather until 3:30. At 3:30 they tell me that my flight has been canceled. I am a bundle of tears at the airport trying to figure out what on earth I am going to do. I call my boss in Kimmirut and then to the Head Office for my company to find out what I am going to do , since they take care of my travel and accommodations.

They decide to put me up at the staff housing in Iqaluit and have someone from the store pick me up. Which was ok. .. So picture this a girl who is BONE tired with two carts full of totes and bags and a cat waiting . I am litterly the only person left in the airport who does not work there.

Melissa came and picked me up and when I realized that she was coming to get me I cried . The stress was crazy. I just wanted to get where I am going and be done with it .

I was able to fly into Kimmirut on Wednesday . We were delayed by about 45 mins due to some fog. So I got all checked in and such and was waiting. Then one of the First Air staff comes over and lets me know one of my totes broke open.... GREAT ... My totes were already cracked and chipped and such so I was not looking forward to this. I did a crazy tape job and got it back on the conveyor belt.

The flight to Kimmirut was pretty, since I was in a Twin Otter you can see all the landscape which was beautiful... bad thing my camera was dead.

Staying in Iqaluit was actually good for my mental health lol. I got all the exhaustion , the nerves, the emotions out of my system so I was able to meet people in Kimmirut without being an emotional wreck.

I am going to close this post for now and I will write more on my first few days in Kimmirut!


  1. I knew you could do it! Miss you already But I am so happy for you to have this adventure.
    Love you Mom

  2. I know things were a little rough at first and you were a bit of an emotional wreck but things will only get better now that you are settled into your little home with your little buddy, Paisley. I think you will find there is quite a social life up North and I think you will be just fine. Love reading your posts and look forward to more. Good luck on your first day at work. You will be great.

  3. Have I told you how proud I am of you-way go go Jeka. Love and prayers, Lorraine

  4. I have to agree with Lynda and Lorraine both. I am so proud of you to take on this adventure into the unknown. Things will get better for you as you meet and get to know new people. I so love these posts and look forward to many more. Keep in touch. Miss you.

  5. YAHOO! glad to hear of your arrival... :) welcome to the north--where food on planes still exist for FREE! :)

    Glad to see that you arrived... without too many crazy things happening. You can say that you are a TRUE northern traveller...with flights being cancelled due to weather, totes popping open (I now have mine drilled and I zip tie the lids on), and stress about where to find a spot to sleep in Iqaluit!

    can't wait to hear more about your adventures... happy settling in! :) Sarah