Last week I spent seven days and six nights in St. John’s, Newfoundland, the
easternmost city in North America. Although I was
there on business, I did manage to make a few
I walked to the top of Signal Hill, a National
Park situated atop a rocky pinnacle next to the
harbor entrance. The peak of Signal Hill is capped
with the century-old Cabot Tower. This stone edifice
is where Marconi received the first transatlantic
radio message in 1901. While hiking along the stony
trails, I met a woman named Mary from Toronto, and
together we picked wild blueberries. Today’s photo
was snapped as I hiked the trail back toward town.
I also visited the museum of the Newfoundland Railway, and took a walking
tour of the east side of town. Duty called for the
rest of my time there, but here is a list of things
- My flight northbound connected in Toronto. I
was able to see the CN Tower from the plane, a big
brown spike rising from the cityscape. I was
surprised that I went through customs there instead
of in St. John’s, but it makes sense in retrospect.
I also couldn’t help but notice that the plane to
Toronto was smaller than the plane to St.
John’s. I thought it’d be the other way around.
- Speaking of "north", I was surprised that St.
John’s is about the same latitutde as Paris. Boy, I
had the wrong inpression of how far north I was. It
turns out the entire British Isles are farther north
than St. John’s, so Edinburgh, Scotland remains my
- There was a Canadian dictionary and thesaurus
for sale in a bookstore. I had no idea that
Canadian was that different from other forms of
English. Most Newfoundlanders I met spoke with an
Irish accent. Maybe that Canadian dictonary would
have come in handy.
- My boss ate a moose burger, from the same menu
that also offered moose stew. He said it tasted just like
moose back in The States. I ate a lot of seafood
during my stay. Seal, unfortunately, was out of
- Strange item on a Chinese menu: Kung Pao
Cuttlefish. I am not making this up either. This
was a serious Chinese place, chopsticks and red
lanterns all the way.
- I came across a sign in a parking lot that read
"This parking area is under surveillance from time
to time". I am not making this up.
- A t-shirt for sale in a game store read "You’re
not the DM of me".
- As a dollar coin proponent, I enjoyed spending
cash in Canada, thanks to the loonie and the toonie,
their $1 and $2 coins, respectively.
I’m thinking of writing a small "off the beaten
path" tourist guide pamphlet of the DC area, and
publishing it through CafePress or LuLu. Know of
any quirky area attractions that most tourists, or
even longtime area residents, have never heard of?
I’ve got several dozen ideas myself, but I’m sure
I’m missing cool stuff. Also, I’m in the lurch for
a clever title, so I open the floor to suggestions.
Movies I’ve Seen:
With Fire and Sword (1999)
Father of the Bride (1951)
The Barefoot Contessa (1954)
What I’m Reading:
"Breakfast of Champions" by Kurt Vonnegut
"Lord Jim" by Joseph Conrad