T-27 Nora in Nome // Saloons and a researchers doubts
When I came to Nome last year in 2015 it felt first more like a obligation because my professor had pushed me a bit to go there because this place might be relevant for my master thesis. Well, I love to be a rebel but at this point I prefered to be a good girl and als it was a place I’ve never been before and so I decided to go there for a few days.
I did not regret it. I was with a great group of girls, we cooked and worked together and there was this lovely athmosphere of intervision and support. I can be a really grumpy person sometimes and after two weeks with nearly 20 people around me this small group of like 5 or so was super comfortable for me. So I got up early, made breakfast for my girls and we just had a great time exploring this strange kind of city. Why strange? I certainly don’t mean this in a negative way it was just the mixture of this old remains of the gold rush era and the modern american city flair. I’ve never been a fan of western movies but I loved shows like Deadwood and so the saloons and other “ancient” places in Nome had their own charme.
I got an invitation to the local senior center to join them for lunch and talk to some of the elderly about my research project and this was a great experience. Since I’m writing about a knitting Co-Operation plenty of the ladies had brought self-knitted pieces. A lot of gloves and mittens with gorgeous patterns. I’ll tell you more about the patterns seperately :)
I was super touched how friendly all this people welcomed me - I’m sometimes a bit overconcerned especially when I meet interviewees in an respectful age am afraid that they might consider me as not-trustful with my tattoos, piercings and colored hair. So I tend to cover most of my ink when I come to interviews and had my hair - at this time super blonde - tight up as properly as possible.
But as often you are concerned for nothing and the community even allowed me to take some photos and so this photo came to be, and I sincerly love it.
I'm not sure if I'll make it up north so far again this year but this place holds some precious memories for me. I'll tell you more about the people I met there, my bath in the bering sea and my tundra-musk-oxen-trip soon, so stay tuned :D