By far the coolest place (literally and figuratively!) I visited while on the interview trail was Anchorage, Alaska. My fiancé and I traveled together to Anchorage. The first thing we noticed is that Alaska Airlines has free snacks on their flights! We thought that was a treat since so few airlines offer free snacks anymore. We were off to a good start!
For our six night stay in Anchorage, we chose an Airbnb. We figured that staying in an actual home would help us imagine living in Anchorage more than staying in a hotel. That turned out to be a great decision since it was actually less expensive than a hotel with way better amenities and more space. It was relaxing to come “home” at the end of the day and exciting to think that a similar unit could one day be our actual home!
On our first evening in Alaska, we decided to walk from our condo to a nearby restaurant. It was more of an adventure than we expected, though, because the roads were really icy and there were no sidewalks! Since it hasn’t been a very snowy winter in upstate New York, it took us some time to get our “ice legs” (like sea legs but for ice!) and get used to walking on the slick surfaces. We made it to the restaurant eventually and indulged in some delicious salmon and halibut burgers, something we definitely don’t see much of at home. We also made a pit stop at a gas station to pick up some hats and gloves after we realized we forgot to pack them! If you visit Alaska in the winter, don’t make the same mistake – be sure to pack cold weather gear like scarves, hats, and gloves!
After the interview day was over, we still had several days left to spend in Anchorage. We were really fortunate to get to go snowshoeing with a group of residents one afternoon. The views in the mountains were spectacular and we got a great workout. We noticed that there are many ways to get out and enjoy the Alaskan winter including cross country skiing, snowshoeing, skating, fat biking, as well as running and walking with grippers over shoes. It was impressive to see so many elderly people out on cross country skis! We also had time to visit the Anchorage Museum in downtown Anchorage. The museum was a lot of fun, especially the whole exhibit hall about bubbles! Another meal of halibut and salmon rounded off that day. We are pretty sure we could get used to the abundance of phenomenal seafood in Alaska!
We had a great trip! Interview travels can be tiresome but visiting a totally new and exciting place like Alaska certainly livened up the process. Now it’s time to ponder the rank order list and wait excitedly for Match Day!