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Mainlander Blues

• Gros Morne, Newfoundland, Canada •

Lush green peaks, mysterious waters, the feeling of being so close to the sky… Not to mention the colourful row houses, boreal forests, local vegetation and produce, and a different dialect.

Newfoundland felt like I was in an entirely different country. Undergone the rain and enjoyed the sun, as we neared the end of our trip and having written Away from the Mainland and Coastal Views and Good Food, I realized there is so much from the island to be taken in.

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Coastal Views and Good Food

• St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada •

Seven hours is what it took to drive through the fastest route with varying levels of rain and fog from Gros Morne to St. John’s, North America’s most easterly city.

To think that St. John’s was merely a side trip; the east coast trails, numerous lighthouses, the shopping, and seafood options for dining… Our time there passed by in a blink of an eye, and we realized the city deserved more than the 48 hours of rain and fog we spent.

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Away from the Mainland

• Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, Canada •

Almost every trip I have been on with friends has been “blessed” with some level of rain. This does not exclude my adventure in Newfoundland (not Labrador), a part of Canada’s most easterly province, and as I’ve recently learned is a translation of Terra Nova in Portuguese.

The experience has taught me a few things: (1) ye shall not brave the winds and water if both conjure a Mordor-like environment, (2) never trust the skies, and (3) if you want to travel during rain, prepare yourself robustly for Newfie rain. Just as day one was doused with rain, so were we.

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