Departing New Brunswick July 6.
Foxes : 2
All the usual suspects : 0
I can understand "New Glasgow" ( with the incredible beauty of the original inspiring tales of love and romance, they were envisaging a second such paradise on earth ). Nova Scotia makes sense as well, as does Newfoundland, although in terms of originality, not the best.
Having said that, whoever thought up our country's name was probably the second least imaginative human on the planet. The second biggest continent, filled with so much diversity and all that they could come up with was South Africa. Genius!
The most boring of all, though, was the bright-spark who christened Australia.
The only saving grace was that they realised just how boring Southia sounded and quickly added a bit of Latin to make it sound exotic. So really, they aren't Ozzies, but Southies. And all you Afrikaners, that "h" is important. It may be a derogatory word, but I think we'll keep Souties for us English speaking South Africans.
So while not as boring, I still don't know how they got to New Brunswick. Apparently the original derives from the German town of Braunschweig, ancestral home to King George III of England, but that is it.
However they came to the naming rights, it's a great little province filled with 70+ year old Acadian revolutionaries urging the younger generations to multiply so that they might exceed the population of English speaking Canadians and usher in a new beginning for New France.
It's also home to some of the most wonderful little towns along the trans-Canada highway, Sackville being one of them. If you ever do find yourself near the New Brunswick/Nova Scotia border, don't be put off by the rather innocuous looking off-ramps. The village is truly stunning.
Also, as the only province to be constitutionally bilingual, be wary of the waitresses. With the seemingly typically Acadian dark hair&skin and impish smiles, if you haven't been caught up hook, line and sinker by this stage, that wonderful accented English will crush all resistance. If I hadn't been so hungry and instead only finished my meal 10 minutes later I can't say that I wouldn't have proposed to the young lady. As it was, my piggish eating habits saved me from a bitter rejection. Oh Karine, will you ever know just how clinically you shattered unshared dreams of eternal happiness with that callous ringing up of the bill?
But my favourite bit about New Brunswick has to be the roads. The shoulders are paved, flat, level, and above all, extend 3 meters beyond the lane line allowing for plenty of room for ALL road users. Apparently this is the only province where they got this right.
Quebec beckons, Montreal lying just over a week away. Who knows what adventures await?