Saturday is quote day! Last week I wrote about my feeling that its was going to be a good, good night. My prediction proved true as I attended homemade Indian dinner made for six. Several glasses of water later, I lived to tell the story. (While I really like spicy food, that’s not the same as being able to eat it!) Following last week’s theme of lyrics instead of a ‘true’ quote, this week I’m going with an age-old nursery song:
Your friends are my friends and my friends are your friends.
The more we get together the happier we’ll be.
Since I first arrived in Iqaluit, its been evident that having a social network is crucial to sticking it out up here. Despite people’s worries about it being isolated, in reality it is anything but. There is a huge community of people from ‘down South’ who are up here working, all of whom have an interesting reason for being here rather than anywhere else. From the moment I arrived (literally when I was standing in the airport), I have been fully welcomed into other people’s friend networks and invited to join in people’s plans. Its almost impossible to be shy.
The whole six degrees of separation thing doesn’t really hold – I would say there is usually two or three. Every introduction – whether at an impromptu dinner party, potluck or weekly event such as wing night and happy hour – is followed by ‘how do you know so-and-so’…its usually inevitable that they will know at least a few of the people in your social network, even if its just the name.
A few weeks ago, I was at a potluck with people from work when another friend showed up. Any time I mention where I work, it doesn’t take long for someone to ask if I know so-and-so who works there too. Unlike the standing joke, “No, I don’t know Joe who lives in Canada”, its pretty common for me to know exactly who they are talking about. Iqaluit is small, and that’s only more true for those of us who work in government here.
This week, someone I knew from my days at Carleton arrived in Iqaluit. Its been fun because I’ve been introducing her to my friends, and I’ve been meeting her work crew as well. Iqaluit isn’t exactly a place to keep your friends in boxes. Your friends are my friends and my friends are your friends.
The more the merrier — and the more we get together the happier we’ll be.