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4 hours ago, Odine said:

Is it primarily the climate and darkness of winter that people don't like about Alaska? Cause I went to Tromsø in the very north of Norway, which is in the Arctic circle and during winter there is only about 2 hours of civil twilight and the rest is darkness. But people are super happy and love the winter months, fully embracing the reality that the environment brings. The coziness of being inside but also the extremity of the environment outside. Skiing, ice fishing, skating, climbing all that stuff. Do people in Alaska not have a similar attitude to surviving the winters there? 

Alot of the people that live there are transplants, and if you didn't grow up there, (or somewhere like it), it can be quite a shock from a climate and cultural perspective.

Being from Texas, I didn't have much exposure to cold weather activities, so I didn't have any of the gear or know-how to do a lot of that stuff. 

I mostly just drank a lot. I could afford that hobby, and the learning curve wasn't too steep.

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I’m originally a military kid transplant, born and raised until 6yo in England (became a US citizen as a teen), then lived in Maryland Virginia US for a duty period and then up to Alaska when I was 10yo. I’m 42 yo now, turning 43 in weeks. I’ve camped in sub zero temps, I’ve fished, I have skied, hiked, all that wilderness stuff except for hunted with either a bow or firearm. Generally I both love and hate Alaska, which is probably barely different than how most people feel about wherever they live (not including horrific, abusive, jailed or whatever conditions someone could live in of course). That said, if I could afford it I’d move yesterday and never return... even tho I know I’m more an Alaskan than anything.

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