Hey there, my fiance and I will be relocating to Fairbanks in May or June of next year and we're not really quite sure what to expect. I am from East Texas and he is from Eastern Kentucky, just coming home from Afghanistan.
What I've heard so far is that it's cold, dark and expensive. That doesn't sound very appetizing, could someone give me some positive info about Alaska?? Also I heard something about a light that puts off artificial sunlight and Vit. D to avoid SAD.... any info on that?
We've got a 19 month old daughter and plan on having more children while we're there. Is this a good area to raise children? What about work, I read that cost of living as well as income is higher here, what kind of work is available in Fairbanks. I have experience in anything from construction, sales, surgical assisting, dental assisting, catering, and home health care. What about child care while working. Would it be best to hire a nanny to come to the house or to put her in a daycare. She's been in daycare her whole life pretty much, but with commute and weather I dont know what to expect.
I've got a Chevy Cobalt, I'm assuming this is not a great car to drive around there but I dont know if we'll be purchasing a new vehicle right away. How can I prepare this car for the Alaska terrain and weather?
I'm out doorsy as Im a country girl, but he is more of a business man and a little less out doorsy... what are some attractions for us both?
I sing and am currently in a band, I'd like to join a band when we get settled in. Any info on networking w/ musicians would be great. Are there many pubs and places to have shows around Fairbanks? Im also wondering how paying gigs differ from Texas to Alaska...
Thanks in advance for the info!!!!