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25 July 2009 @ 10:50 am
The museum was pretty interesting: a mix between outdoor museum, exhibition and art show. Afterward I went for a peek to the Anchorage Museum which was nice as well. Unfortunately I didn't have a lot of time, so I just walked quickly though most of it. I stocked up on regional music as well: some Haida flute music, Yu'pik drums and Klondike Gold Rush music - we'll see how the tourists like it :)

In the afternoon we did some tour planning and more book shopping...

Now I'm waiting to get picked up and go pick up my first group from the airport.
Current Mood: excitedexcited
24 July 2009 @ 08:12 am
So, no museums yesterday :)

When my friend came with the van to pick me up, he told me that there was a change of plans today, as he had damaged the driver's door when driving though a gate so it wouldn't shut anymore. It was a stupid mistake and he was very down about it as we need the van functioning on Saturday. Anyway we found a car body shop which fixed the door so it would close and ordered a new one which is going to be put in the next time we are in Anchorage. After that it was noon already, so while my friend wrote his "confession emails" to our bosses, I went shopping for books on Alaska - spending spree :) I got the 2009 Milepost, a nature field guide on Alaskan plants and animals, a book on the different native cultures of Alaska, a book on Georg Stellar - a naturalist who accompanied Vitus Bering on his expedition to Alaska in the 18th century, and a book on Dave Hopkins - a naturalist who proofed the existence of the land bridge between Siberia and Alaska.

Afterward we did some maintenance stuff like cleaning the van, refilling the propane bottle, checking some of the gear, and then went to look for a nice picnic spot for tomorrow noon.

Back at the hostel I went with a nice crew to an organic food place which served good vegetarian meals and organic beer - it was fun.

Now I hope my second try in going to the museum will be more successful :)
Current Mood: giddygiddy
My second day in Anchorage started slow (maybe because I got up way too early :P ) After picking up my friend from the airport, we got him settled in went to get the tires of the sprinter changed (gravel roads here we come!) and had some lunch. Later I got dropped off downtown and tried again to fiend an interesting walk through town. This time I concentrated more on the old settlement area and the views over the Cook Inlet and I think it's a nice 1 1/2 hour walk now - yay! The walk back to my hostel was good as well and shorter than I thought.

Today I'm planning on visiting the Alaska Native Heritage Center and the Anchorage Museum....
Current Mood: energeticenergetic
22 July 2009 @ 07:29 am
Yesterday I arrived in Anchorage after a long, tiring, but uneventful flight.
I managed to pick up the Sprinter, which is a huge, f#ing van to drive around in a city :(  I even managed to find my hostel on the first try and it's a nice little place. In the afternoon I went downtown -slightly bleary eyed - to have a look what Anchorage's city center has to show and to start planning out a short informative walk around downtown for my tourists. I despaired pretty fast as apart from the scenic location Anchorage hasn't a lot to offer for city sightseeing. Well, maybe it looks a bit better today after a good night's sleep :) Anyway I'm looking forward to visiting a couple of the museums here in the next few days, before the first tour group arrives on Saturday.
Today I have to pick up a friend from the airport - I will actually be his trainee for the first tour as I haven't been to Alaska before.
Current Location: Anchorage
Current Mood: rejuvenatedrejuvenated
30 June 2009 @ 09:21 pm
I'm looking forward to this summer/autumn! I've got a tour guiding job in Alaska this year: two camping trips and on hotel tour :)
13 February 2009 @ 05:43 pm

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24 August 2008 @ 09:18 pm

...and having fun tour guiding.

I've now started my third and last tour. So far I have been very lucky with my groups. Lots of nice and friendly people!

Apart from driving thousands of kilometers / miles and quite a bit of hiking, I did some canoeing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, horseback riding and lost some pints of blood to the little greedy vampires aka mosquitos, black flies, and no-see-ums.

More infos and links to photos when I'm done.

17 July 2008 @ 03:45 pm
Yeah, another 15 hour Greyhound trip ahead of me.
But am I a lucky person or not! I was wondering where to spend the night (more or less all decent hostels in Vancouver are booked out for the weekend), when out of the blue a few hours ago I get a message on facebook asking if it was my family a girl from Chile stayed with 15 years ago. I replied "yes" and gave her my brother's current email as she was his exchange student then. Just guess where she is living now: yes, Vancouver :)
Current Location: Calgary
Current Mood: surprisedsurprised
15 July 2008 @ 11:00 am
Time for a short update :) So far I had a great time here in Calgary!
First I was visiting again with my friend Mitko and had the chance to go on several hikes and other activities with the COC. Mount St. Piran and Devil's Thumb at Lake Louise were especially impressive, which unfortunately doesn't quite come out on the photos I took with my small digital camera.

I also was on the look out for a job as my first tour only starts at July 20th and I was running low on funds. As Stampede was coming up I decided to ask if they needed additional staff at the Ranchman's where I had worked before, and they were happy to take me on. So Stampede was very busy for me and although I never made it out to the grounds, I had a good spot at the Ranchman's Bullbustin' and took some nice pictures. It was a busy time and it was great to meet so many people again I hadn't seen in over a year - of course the money wasn't too bad either ;)

Now I'm all excited about heading back to Vancouver and starting my first tour - a camping trip with two families - I just got my itinerary for the tour :)
Current Location: Calgary
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
20 June 2008 @ 04:43 pm
After a fairly eventless 17 hour bus ride on the Greyhound I'm back in Calgary for at least two weeks. I've uploaded a few pictures of Vancouver and the training tour on facebook. Of course there are more to come when I get my films developed.

Right now I don't really know my schedule, but by Monday I should :)
Current Location: Calgary
Current Mood: calmcalm