FOG!!  It was the word that best described my drive across central Newfoundland today. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised given that I lived in the Maritimes for a few years.  Fog is to Maritimers, what gridlock is to Torontonians.  You either accept it, or let it drive you crazy. 

Despite the slow drive I was able to make it into St. John’s in good time. 

My first stop was the Brewery in the beautiful village of Quidi Vidi just outside of St. Johns.  It is a precious little hamlet on the outskirts of the city, overlooking a small cove filled with lobster boats.   The beer was cold, the crab cakes were tasty, and the service was friendly, exactly what was needed after many days filled with driving. Next, I found the place where I will be staying for the next couple of days.  It is an air bnb in a stretch of brightly coloured homes known as “jellybean houses”.  It is adorable. Later tonight I am exploring some of the famous pubs on George Street with a friend of mine.  It will be so nice to have some company after many days of solitude. 

A few facts about St. Johns

  • St. John’s is the oldest city in North America, with the first permanent residence established in 1528.
  • St. John’s is the easternmost city in North America
  • They say that the accents between Waterford in Ireland and St. John’s are nearly identical
  • The first wireless signal was received on Signal Hill in St. John’s on December 12, 1901. It was sent from Cornwall, England 3,200 kilometers away.
  • The first transatlantic flight took place from and airfield St. John’s to Clifden Ireland, in 1919.

That’s all I got today!!  Or as the they say in Newfoundland, “slue” (goodbye).