Happy Friday everyone! Hope you all had an amazing week, mine was wonderful! I traveled to St. John’s Newfoundland on Sunday for work, and since it was my first time out east (or seeing the ocean), I had to spend some time taking in the sights. I didn’t get in to St. John’s until 10:30 PM Sunday night, but the sun was shining Monday morning and I had my first peak at the beautiful city and the Atlantic Ocean.
During the lunch break on Monday I thought I would go for a nice walk… not realizing that every road in St. John’s is either uphill or downhill so I spent the first hour after break sweating! It is so colourful though. Every building is painted a different colour – and our tour guide on Tuesday told us there’s actually a bylaw and you register your paint chip to prevent two identical buildings on the same street. That evening we saw a show at the Spirit of Newfoundland and participated in a group Screech In during intermission. (If you aren’t familiar with the term, it involved bologna, kissing a dead cod, reciting a few sentences and then drinking a shot of “screech” – Jamaican rum)
Tuesday was my big sight-seeing day. I went with a group on a driving tour with Newfoundland Tours (highly recommend if you are in the area). Our guide was constantly singing and providing information on the sights and the city.
First stop: Signal Hill, and the view of both the ocean and the city was breathtaking. Then we headed to Quidi Vidi (pronounced Kiddie Viddy) – an extremely quaint fishing village. I wish we had more time to walk around but we had one final stop – Cape Spear: The most easterly point in all of North America. The view was unbelievable!
As soon as we got back to the hotel I headed to a boat tour. We hopped on the Iceberg Quest boat and headed to the ocean where we were treated to an amazing show put on by 3 humpback whales – I was smiling like a moron and just kept uttering ‘wow’. We finished the evening watching the sun set and then headed back to shore. I wish I had a few more days – there’s so much more to see.
I can’t wait to go back, and to visit more of the East coast. Have you ever been to Newfoundland?