Saturday, May 20, 2017

St. John's, Newfoundland - always read the small print

We pitched up in St. John's on schedule, albeit on goofy Newfie time which is 90 minutes ahead of Eastern time. Go figure, The weather was foul so we checked the warranty. Turns out that the city is one of the rainiest in Canada, holds the record for foggiest (124 days each year), the windiest averaging 15 MPH and the cloudiest with less than 1,500 hours of sunshine a year. Yikes!
At 100,000 population, St. John's is both the capital and the largest city in Canada's Newfoundland province. In common it seems with many other northeast US and Canadian cities, most of St. John's was burned to the ground in the late 19th century vanquishing forever early sheds, shacks, homes and other flammable historic infrastructure. A few structures, mainly those of stone, did survive the inferno.
It was pleasing that economically St. John's is doing well. The government is the largest employer enjoying federal, provincial and municipal funding. The fishing industry, which collapsed at the end of the 20th century has been handily replaced by the more reliable and lucrative undersea oil industry raising local incomes to the second highest in the nation and unemployment to the second lowest. 
Anyway, weather statistics notwithstanding, we launched into the murky gloom with our usual banal optimism, assuring ourselves that it would improve shortly. More pictures.

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