The Truth About the Sunlight

Before coming to Alaska, everyone warned me about the amount of sunlight here, as though days full of light are a bad thing. “You won’t be able to sleep!” “You’re going to get sunburnt!” “Are you ready for that?”

No one prepared me to absolutely fall in love with it though.

It’s true, the sunlight is really weird when it lasts almost all day long. To be honest, I don’t think I’ve actually seen darkness here. It only occurs after I’ve gone to bed and before I’ve woken up. And it is really bizarre to wake up in the middle of the night and yet the sun has already come back up.

It’s absolutely amazing though.

With so much daylight, our days here have unlimited potential. Even if we don’t get done with everything until 9:30 PM, I can still go for a walk and take photos if I please. Night time is such a restricting aspect of life in the lower 48. Not dealing with it has been such a freeing experience.

Honestly, I’m going to be really sad going back to Nebraska where it gets dark so early. Maybe that’s what everyone should have prepared us for: adjusting to darkness when we go back home.

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