She initially said “no” when I asked for a photo, but another old woman walked by, and began speaking passionately in Ukrainian. Apparently convinced by the words of the passerby, the woman shrugged, and posed for the picture. After everything was finished, I asked my translator: “What did that other woman say?”
"She said: ‘You must not refuse a photo, because you must represent the women of your land. Now go to eternity!’"
The small city of Whittier, Alaska has a only two large buildings, one is abandoned and frequented by bears, while the other houses almost all of the city’s population but neither can be reached without first passing through the longest tunnel in North America (either by car or train).