When the craving for sunshine and sandals got too strong last year I gave in to the pull south. I didn’t book an all-inclusive vacation though. I chose an independent trip to Puerto Rico… and I think you should too.
Just this past week the first good size iceberg was spotted near St. John’s. 10,000 year old glacial giants are on their way from way up North and this is their vanguard. A sure sign of spring in Newfoundland…iceberg season has started.
I’m always reminded after spending some time off the island, hanging out with mainland folks that, even though I wasn’t born and raised in Newfoundland, I sometimes still talk like I was. I don’t have the accent, but I’ve picked up a lot of Newfoundland slang from my parents and my almost dozen years of living in St. John’s. Phrases like “I’m rotted with the weather. It’s some cold out, wha?” or “I’m after squatting my finger in the door” make perfect sense to me but left some of my fellow WITS attendees scratching their heads so I thought I’d put together a little guide to some of my favourite Newfoundland slang to help out the CFAs. What’s a CFA? Read on…
I love unique places. With a chain hotel, you generally know what you’re getting and I can see how if you travel a lot, that sameness can be reassuring. One less thing to worry about. I like taking a chance on a one-off though. Interesting and unique hotels are part of the travel charm. Well, you can’t get much more unique than the Gallery Inn in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.