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    Nome, Alaska


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    • Sarah is practicing at a non-profit institution serving roughly 4,000 resients in Nome, as well as 15 "neighboring" villages.
    • She has learned about specialty areas and local customs.

    No matter the weather

    After weathering her first Alaskan winter, Sarah says the climate is different from what she originally expected. "There were two blizzards, but all in all, it was actually a mild winter," she reports. "A few of the year-round residents told me that 20 degrees below zero was actually more comfortable than zero degrees because of the drier air. I was surprised, but had to admit that they were right. As long as you're dressed appropriately, being outdoors in winter can be fun. In fact, a lot of people actually prefer the colder climate because of the activities that come with it, such as skiing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing."

    Spring and summer in Nome means temperatures in the 60s and 70s. "The sun doesn't go down until midnight," states Sarah. "It requires a bit of getting used to, but it's so cool."

    For her next contract, Sarah would like to head to the American Southwest. "Traveling is so incredible, I'd recommend it to anyone who is able to live and work in different environments. You get to help facilities that are dealing with the staffing shortage and are presented with new situations, so it's a great way to expand your horizons—physically, professionally, and personally."

    Weekend Edition

    Bring your camera! Have your picture taken in front of the largest gold pan in the United States at Anvil City Park.

    Shop for arts and crafts. Find handmade items from sealskin slippers and mukluks to Alaskan art and Eskimo dolls.

    Take a walk. The Historical Walking Tour of Nome will bring you by an old mining vault and more.

    Go to http://www.nomealaska.org/ for additional suggestions.


    Laura Gater
    Laura Gater is a freelance writer based in Columbia City, Indiana.