Thursday, August 21, 2008

Greetings from Alaska!

I'm finally here!

After a $27 cab ride, I finally made it to my room at the


I'm the only one in my condo so far. School doesn't start until Monday and I'm guessing that my roommates are either locals; or they don't live too far, and they've been through this process before.

While I was making myself comfortable, a very dark cloud formation started to loom over the campus. The rain itself lasted about 90 seconds...

Then it turned into hail.

By the time I had finished my room, the hail had stopped and I made my way over to the "Commons" for a bite to eat. On the way I saw this rose garden.

After dinner, I decided to go for a walk. As I was taking pictures, a man walked out of one the University buildings and asked me what was so interesting. I told him I was just taking pictures of the mountains. He laughed.

"And those aren't even the big ones."

Blogger isn't very good for showing pictures, so click here to view them. (Click the thumbnails, then click the picture to view the full size (more impressive)).

Oh...and did I mention my condo has a fireplace?

That's all for now; the 4 hour time difference has started to catch up to me. Tomorrow, I try to find my way around campus...and to a Walmart.


Shelly said...

yeeeah Walmart! glad you got there safely! I have to go to class, but I'll look at your pictures later.

Charlene said...

Thanks for the pictures. I love the mountains. Even the little ones. :D

Shelly said...

beautiful pictures!

Greg T. said...

Too bad Shawn can't sell you his firewood for your fireplace fireplace :-).