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Old 04-14-2013, 10:37 PM
 
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So this summer I'm moving up to Alaska, Eagle River more specifically to go to work up there. I'm from Florida and 19 years old I'm transferring up there my Job at Walgreen's and I'm so excited for this move! but also scared. The new Walgreen's isn't opening up till this summer and I'll have about 4,000 saved up which is plenty enough to get me started and find a roommate up there. I don't plan on going to school anytime soon since i don't know what i want to do in life yet. But i just wanna know how the town is. Do the residents love it? Are they friendly to outsiders? I did originally plan on going up to Valdez for College but that didn't work out. Also any tips on clothing and dressing for freezing weather would be helpful?

Thanks!
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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Most of the people in Alaska came from somewhere else, so people are generally friendly to outsiders since they were one themselves.
Eagle River is a bedroom community of Anchorage. There's some retail and most people make the 10 mile commute in town. A lot of military folks.
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Old 04-17-2013, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Eagle River
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I live just go the road from the Walgreens. Like Stafford said, the majority of folks have always started somewhere else. The people who live in Eagle River love it. I moved out here last year from Anchorage and love it as well. There are a few apartment complexes in close proximity to the Walgreens.
Make sure you layer, synthetic clothing for sure, rain jacket, FL is a whole lot different. At least you are coming in the summer and will have time to get ready for winter


I will say the Walgreens is bittersweet. Its nice to have them but I hate when we open another box store up here.
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Old 04-17-2013, 09:02 AM
 
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Good for you that you're willing to take off on this adventure.

You will freeze for the first few weeks, so expect it and be prepared for it. The best thing to do is dress in layers, so you can adjust as the weather changes. It's worth the money to invest in quality outdoor wear.

I lived in Eagle River and loved it, but that was several years ago. As with every town, there will be people that love it and those that hate it. I think, overall, people love living there. It is a beautiful area, with some really nice hiking trails close by (the trails off the Eagle River Nature Center are pretty easy and you'll see amazing sights. Oh, and you might consider volunteering there. It would be a great way to meet potential roommates).

As long as you're nice to people, you won't have any issues with people being nice to you and they won't really care where you're from.

BTW, I think Valdez would have been a very difficult change for you. Valdez is remote; it's close to nothing. It's incredibly beautiful there, but it's cloudy and rainy and foggy a lot.
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Old 04-20-2013, 10:19 AM
 
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Anchorage has great second hand stores, Value Village being the best IMHO, in which to add warm layers to your wardrobe.

I lived in Eagle River & it is a nice community.

There should be plenty of rooms to rent in houses on craigslist from $400-$800, depending upon private baths & such.

Perhaps your new manager can give your some ideas. But I would certainly get some reference letters lined up.

Are you driving your vehicle up or flying?
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