Alaska or not?

Trip Start May 31, 2008
Trip End Jan 17, 2010

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Flag of United States  , Alaska
Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Oh boy, almost another 2 weeks went by since I last shared my new experiences and it feels like so much has changed. We tried to get some amusement when possible and I want to tell you a little bit about it.

Weather has been weird. Believe it or not, it is supposed to be sunny and warm but it rains a whole lot and there is still quite a lot of snow on the beautiful mountains that should be completely green by now. Funny thing is that nobody uses an umbrella. There is not really a fashion culture around here, but if there is one thing that is considered to be out of fashion, than it's for sure umbrellas. And, for sure we don't want to be out of fashion, so we adjust ourselves to the Alaskan way of life and get nice and wet. No matter how much rain or wind there is, we are brave and go out. I never thought I wouldn't even mind, we get all soaked, but hey, we just take it!

Good thing is that we do see the sun once in a while. A week ago we had one of the most beautiful days. I had a short top on and went to find a bench to sit on and read my book. I walked and walked and didn't find any single bench. Had to go all the way downtown to sit next to all these old cruiseship tourists, juhu! I went on to look for some trails and found the way to a beautiful nice creek that turned out to be Jason's and my favourite spot to skip stones. Most hilarious is that I got a sunburn after 2 hours. Can you believe that? Me, a southern girl getting a sunburn in Alaska? I surely never thought that would happen, besides of course on top of the mountain on your skies.

We are still waiting for the perfect day to go to the glacier, but we just go ahead and look for stuff to do around. One day we just went over to the docks and Jason explained me all about the boats and the fishing. It was a nice fishy atmosphere and the greatest was that I actually found gold! This area's history reaches way back in the gold rush when settlers came and looked for gold. That's where the city has its name from, Joe Juneau who discovered gold together with Richard Harris. There is no business anymore and the mines are also not active, but there is still gold around, of course not like in the past. It's actually a rock that has tiny pieces of gold on it. It would need to be seperated from the rock and be put through that whole process but I guess I won't learn that. Who cares, I found gold!!

Another day we went to the Alaskan Brewery. It was great fun. Beer tasting is completely for free and you can try all kind of great beer. Surely felt like heaven for Jason, and me : ) We had wanted to go on the tour around the brewery, but then we got into a great conversation with one of the employees Leo who is from Chile and a girl named Cachet. They were both good fun and gave us some helpful tips. The brewery has a whole lot of different beer bottles from all over the world. Germany and Belgium lead of course,  they have the good stuff from Mexico even though our favourite Victoria was missing, they have Imperial from Costa Rica, but they don't have any Swiss bottles and no Portugues ones, can you believe that? So if any of you want to change that, send an empty bottle to:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
5429 Shaune Dr.
Juneau, Alaska 99801

Besides going and discovering, we also get up really late. Many things have changed around here. The hotel was sold about 10 days ago. The new owner came in, just observed, never said a word and started to change everything. He didn't want to run any risks in me working without a permit so my last day in the restaurant was a week ago. Jason continued to work for another three days until he went to work and was told by other employees that he shouldn't be coming in anymore. Half of the staff was laid off and funny thing is, only the dump screwed employees were kept and the honest hard working ones were dismissed. The old as well as the new owner are so false and dishonest. We can't talk to them in the right way and we had quite some trouble. We still have to figure out a few things, but we've both been looking for other jobs. I had an interview last weekend to do housekeeping at a small bed and breakfast. The owner is really nice and so far I'm supposed to start this Friday, working 3 days a week. Jason hasn't been lucky so far and we still hope something might be coming up for him. What we really gotta find, is a place to stay at. We can't stay here at the hotel much longer and don't even want to. We have been looking at some places but it's quite hard to find something reasonable for just 2 months. This current situation made us think to leave earlier than expected. There is no point for us in staying here if we can't work and don't even know where to stay. Things will become a little clearer within the next few days depending on the work situation. We surely will decide and I'll surely let you know. Next destination, McAllen/Texas. Boiling in the sun, meeting Jason's parents and having fun!!!!
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