Having attempted to study the Newfie ' language ', it appears to have the same number of vowel sounds as consonants, although my one study of a particularly animated conversation was actually some old ballie choking on his dentures, so I'm not sure that all those G's count.
Besides this language barrier, the folk are warm and friendly and very liberal in hanging out smiles and a wave...although to be honest, I could just as well be in the middle of the world's largest insane penitentiary and those smiles the smiles of manic deviousness but I'm sure that they would have had my liver out by now if that were the case.
The scenery is truly spectacular with a whole cacophony of smells to compliment it. The subtle shifts in sweet smeling sap is stunning.
The weather has been interesting, to put it politely, but through time, one learns to appreciate the wonderful jigsaw puzzle that this all creates where every aspect of the island compliments every other.
Week one is down with a few more to go before I need to confront that little speed bump rather unfortunately placed just east of British Columbia, but with hardly any time passed, I have already heard whispers about " books ".
I'm sure that I'm the last one to give relationship advice - although I have managed to stay single for 36 years, so I must be doing SOMETHING right - but while I am all for burning bras, expressing independent opinion is frankly beyond the pale, so without wanting to name names, Neil Taylor and Mark Dixon, you might want to think about shortening the leash....just saying
Seriously though, while it is flattering to hear that said, and I do understand just how incredibly lucky I am to be young this, my basic argument remains this - there are incredible places everywhere and there are incredible people in all these places. Forgetting the scale and magnitude of what I am doing, each one of us has within us the ability to effect positive change in our communities. I understand that delivering home made cakes to a shelter in Sunnyside does not appear to be as cool as running across Canada, but the people receiving those cakes might have a different take on it all. Yes, I will endeavour to relate my experiences through photographs and little anecdotes, but the whole basis of Vidamago's philosophy is that we all, in our own ways, can contribute and that idea must never be overshadowed by the doings of some little hairy gnome in Canada. As the foundation's motto states " Celebrating individuality within the context of humanity. "
I will try to keep you entertained as well as share my experiences with you, but don't let this stop you from making your own magic.
In conclusion, I think that it is only fitting that I take a traditional quote from Newfoundland :
"Warple fiddle ayeear eh."
So true......so true.