New place. New people. New culture. New school. New grocery store. New apartment. New Beer.
Now, that’s a fresh start!
It is almost safe to say that the friendliest people on the planet are in Newfoundland. And in the province of Newfoundland, St. John’s takes pride in being the most welcoming, most friendly, and most caring of all. Coming from a city of 8,500,000+ people, to a town with a population of 150,000 people, is strange, but very refreshing. Even though St. John’s is one of the smaller towns in Canada, they have their own ice-hockey team called the IceCaps, founded a year ago, in 2011. Ice-hockey is CRAZY BIG here! Everyone indulges in some sports or the other. It’s surprising to see even the faculty of science, PhD guys, being involved in sports, and that too so religiously. Some of the professors in the university, also train students in cross-country skiing, ice-hockey etc during semester breaks. It’s just so impressive. Kudos man. Hats off.
So far, the weather has been pleasant. But it may be the calm before the storm. Quite literally. Here’s a link to the news of a Hurricane Leslie likely to hit Newfoundland, Canada tomorrow. It gives the media lil something to talk about here, otherwise a man mauling his dog will make the headlines (it actually did. Last week.).
Brian, a taxi driver, who I got quite acquainted to on my way to the one of TWO malls in St. John’s… the Avalon Mall, used a term that I was quite unfamiliar with, and soon became my favourite word for some reason, but only lasted a while – “Newfie“. Ain’t that a cool word?
Newfies is a slang used by many, to refer to the actual locals of Newfoundland. It’s a word I became very fond of, for some reason, and I try to use it whenever I get the chance,while always meaning good. Like most slangs, it can be offensive to some, and as an immigrant (or a non-newfie or a non-local), it can lead to misunderstandings, and meaningless bar fights! But, most Newfoundlanders will say, “Damn right, I’m a Newfie” with a big smile on their face. Here’s an interesting, but slightly confusing article on the subject.
So this is one of the last times I am gonna use the word, “Nefwie”. : )
And NO mummy, daddy, I haven’t got into a bar fight….. yet! hehe
There’s tons of Beer brands to experiment with, only if my loan sanction letter would’ve covered that…
There is a Beer brewery just down the road from my place, and according to the landlord here, he says, you can smell the Beer being brewed every once in a while. Looking forward to that.
I have loads of things to do during my stay here at Canada, all planned up in my head. Hope I get through all of them. Just realized that ‘study’ isn’t one of them. hehe.
I keep forgetting that I am here to study; I just hope my grades don’t show it too. So far this journey has been wonderful. I hope it stays that way.
Well, I’m back to school.
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