The midnight sun - a fact!
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August 8th, 2009 – by: anupa_rk
As I stood at the exitâ€¦on the inside of the airport, I put on my Chicago-winter jacket.. pulled over the hoodâ€¦ decided to hold off on the gloves for the time being, and readied myself to face the brunt of the Alaskan cold!
It was 10:20 p.m. My bus was to arrive in 5 minutes. Hurrying, I opened the door that now stood between me and the outsideâ€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦.. And then there was light!!!
Yup, at 10:20 in the night, the Anchorage sky was lit up as if the sun had just slipped under some clouds! Ok, I exaggerate! But it was like 6:00 p.m. would be in Chicago or even in India. I had read about this, and so shouldâ€™ve expected it. But somehow nothing ever prepared me for reality as reality itself does! I stepped out.. and felt a cool gentle breeze against my face! This is not bad at all ďż˝" thought I!
And then it hit me ďż˝" the mountains looming in the backgroundâ€¦ It looked like someplace straight out of a fairy tale! All thoughts of the bus were banished from my mind as I stood thereâ€¦ mesmerized! I had expected Anchorage to be a big city with sky scrapers and all.. and had imagined that I would have to travel quite far to get a glimpse of the Alaskan ranges. But there it was â€¦ right in my face, almost! It was slightly unnerving.. and most fascinating!
Thankfully I soon came to my senses and remembered that I had a bus to catch. Unzipping my jacket, I stepped over to the bus stop and asked a guy standing there about the bus.
The over friendly youth not only told me all (unnecessary!) details about the bus system, but also told me about the city and the best places to eat and drink. All this information peppered with talk of how much he loved Indians and the Indian culture! Not too keen for company, and yet, happy to find someone so friendly, I smiled along and let him chat to his heartâ€™s delight!
So far so goodâ€¦
I reached the hostel and found it to be a dinky little placeâ€¦ the room was sufficient, but cold. No heatâ€¦ and no internet! Welcome to the wild, I told myself!
Tired though I was, I decided to take some advantage of Anchorage being a late night city. And so, I strolled around the downtown area.. took in the lovely view all around.. checked out the visitorâ€™s information center and some local shops..
Even now, the memory of the cityâ€¦ almost completely devoid of any tall buildings (except for the large hotel chains ďż˝" for which I was ever thankful!) .. with the mountains bordering one end of the horizon and the ocean spread out on the other endâ€¦ gives me the chills! How can something so fantastic even exist??
Blissful and drowsy, I went back to the hostel and tucked in for the day.
Tomorrow, the adventure begins, I told myself as sleep gently took over..
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