Hello, my name is Krystal Echak and I was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. I live with my mother, father, twin sister and a younger brother. Being a twin can be fun at times and it’s interesting to hear the kinds of questions we get asked, such as: “Can you read each other’s mind?” or “Can you feel their pain?” But in reality, it’s just like having another sibling and can be equally annoying. In ways we are much alike (like our favorite drink: COFFEE!) and in other ways we are exact opposites (Brenda is very militant, while I can be considered a “free spirit”).
Living in Anchorage has its perks- movie theaters, malls, and fancy restaurants, but everything to do here in town costs money and with no job can leave me S.O.L. a lot of the time. So, I can be found with my nose in a book or my ear buds in listening to the latest dubstep song I found on Youtube. Since we have snow on the ground for more than half the year, I can be a bit of a hermit, but in the summertime I enjoy going longboarding around town and soaking up as much sun as I can before the harsh winter comes again.
My favorite food is bagel sandwiches, at the moment, from Marty’s New York Bagel Deli here in town. And, my favorite song is Skinny Love by Bon Iver (indie soloist). I don’t have a clue about what kind of occupation I would like, but I’m taking a class for the Alaskan Railroad and hope to be employed with them this summer. Hopefully, with this experience I will get an idea about which direction I want to go in.
I’m excited to go on this exchange to broaden my view of Alaska. From books I’ve read, Anchorage is a very poor example of the Alaskan experience. I just finished Winterdance by Gary Paulsen, and it’s about his first run of the Iditarod. Reading this book has intrigued me to explore rural Alaska and expand my perception of this beautiful state. I’m looking forward to meeting you all and hope you think the same!