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Igor Tashkovski, an enthusiastic traveler and student from Macedonia spending his second summer in Fairbanks, describes the ups and downs of being a temporary resident with a J1, or short-term work and travel visa. In his case it means working four jobs, but he gets to be in Alaska and see other places in America as well. The latest installment in the series Becoming Alaskan.

“For the three months I am here, although I spend most of my time at work, we went rafting at Denali,” he said. “Now we’re going to go to the zipline in Denali. We visited the glaciers at Valdez. We went to Angel Rocks a few times for a hike. We’re going to take the flightseeing plane to Denali. And before I say goodbye to Alaska, I will visit Anchorage and the Matanuska Glacier.”


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