Downtown St. John’s Busker Festival

First of all, sorry for my absence. This has been a somewhat busy month between being away, my birthday and our anniversary. I have also been actively setting up a baby’s room and getting prepared for our little arrival who will be here this month. Thanks for coming back and keeping up to date with us.

Last weekend, the weather was hot and sunny! It was a great weekend to get out and enjoy some street performers. We headed downtown to the annual Downtown St. John’s Busker Festival here in St. John’s, Newfoundland. We didn’t get a chance to catch all the acts by the buskers, but we did manage to watch two.

The first performance was called Twin Tango. This act tells the story of a shy and dorky man who eventually gains the courage to woo the woman he wants.

Most of the show is him clowning around, with a finale of him doing some jaw-dropping stunts on a pole which is being held up by four volunteers.

We had a much better view for the second show we saw by The Circus Fireman. This Aussie Brother duo put off a show of stunts and laughs while dressed as firemen.

They noticed that I was in the crowd and taking photos, so they made sure I got some nice and quite hilarious poses from them.

The grand finale of their show was of both brothers on separate ladders juggling fire sticks.  Definitely something not easy to do on solid ground, let alone while balancing on a ladder.

Last weekend was a very hot summer day. It was a great day to get out and enjoy the skills and talents of buskers from around the world.

Want to know more info on the festival and the performers. Please check out the links below.

Downtown St. John’s Buskers Festival

The Circus Firemen

Twin Tango

Mini Golf: Golf For the Rest of Us

Serious golfers go to driving ranges and courses. Serious golfers buy golf shirts and shoes. Serious golfers have a whole set of clubs and keep them in an oversized bag. For the non-serious golfers, there is mini golf. You may call it miniature golf, goofy golf, crazy golf, mini-putt, Putt-Putt golf or mini golf, but it is basically golf for the rest of us. No clothes to purchase or clubs for that matter. Just come as you are, pay a small fee and receive one ball, one putter, one scorecard and a tiny (mini) pencil. We recently participated in the low-stress version of golf at the mini golf range at Pippy Park here in the city of St. John’s.

We wanted to have some good old-fashioned fun. We didn’t want to watch balls disappear into water hazards and sand traps. We didn’t want to have to dress in certain attire. We didn’t want to lug around a heavy bag full of clubs. We wanted to play the miniature and less stress version of golf. Our afternoon of mini golf was a success because we had fun. Oh, and by the way…I won!

Summertime in Bowring Park

Summertime is here. To me it seemed to take awhile to get here, but the hot days of summer are here. There is nothing better than getting outside and enjoying the warm weather. One of the best places to do that in St. John’s is in Bowring Park.

The park was officially opened in 1941 on land that was donated to the city by Sir Edward Rennie Bowring on behalf of his company Bowring Brothers Ltd.

The park has plenty of grassy areas with picnic tables for family and friends to get together. It also has a number of recreation facilities such as a swimming pool and tennis courts for people to pass the time.

There are several trails that make their way through the park. They provide a way to exercise and a place to escape the city and enjoy nature. These photos were taken from the trail alongside the Waterford River.

The statue of the caribou is a monument to the battle the Royal Newfoundland Regiment fought during the Battle of the Somme in Beaumont-Hamel, France. Another monument sits at the battlefield in France and also includes a statue of a caribou.

There is nothing better than getting outside on a summer day. If you are in St. John’s or planning to visit make sure you spend some of that time outside in Bowring Park.

More information on the park can be found here: http://www.bowringpark.com/

Visiting the Easternmost Point in North America

If you have been following this blog you know that we have recently moved from Seoul, South Korea, the city where we had been living for 6 years. What you may be wondering is where are we now? We are in the furtherest east you can go in Canada at the moment. In fact, I recently went to the easternmost point in all of North America (excluding Greenland). A place called Cape Spear.

It’s a great place to watch ships leave and enter St. John’s harbor. It’s also a great lookout spot for icebergs.

Cape Spear has some great trails, but beware: there are a lot of cliffs. This fence won’t stop you if you fall!

My good friend and old roommate, Matt took me out there to experience the views.

The lighthouse is the second-oldest in the province and dates back to 1834. It has since been named a Canadian Historic Site and is open to the public at certain times of the year.

There are cliffs everywhere and if you are not careful, you could really hurt yourself, but if you stay on the paths, you should be fine. There are even stairs at certain points.

This photo illustrates why you should stay on the marked paths.

The shoreline is rocky, yet beautiful. A great place to see the mighty ocean waves crashing upon the rocks.

Canada truly begins here if you start in Newfoundland and head west. Canada also ends here if you start in BC and head east.

The cape was also used during the Second World War. Portions of the underground bunkers can be explored by tourists. It is a little eery, but a great perspective on how the soldiers lived as they were stationed here.

So, this is where we are right now. In the easternmost province in Canada. It’s quite a big difference from the Asian metropolis of Seoul! If you are ever out here, maybe I can bring you to the furthest east you can go in North America besides Greenland.

On Top Of Signal Hill in St. John’s

I recently went to St. John’s to see some friends I hadn’t seen in years. While there I had a chance to have a look around this old city. Well, the city is old by North American standards. In fact, its the oldest English-founded city in North America. The city has been blessed geographically with a sheltered harbor, which came in handy during the second world war as it helped ships involved in anti-submarine warfare.

The best view of the city’s harbor,the city itself and the Atlantic ocean is from the top of Signal Hill. Signal Hill gets its name from Marconi. He received the first transatlantic wireless signal on this hill back in 1901.

Cabot tower sits on the top of the hill. Construction begun on this building in 1898 to commentate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee and the 400th anniversary of John Cabot‘s discovery of the island.

The city itself is the largest city in Newfoundland and Labrador with a population around 200, 000 including the metro area. Much of the city can be seen from Signal Hill.

Being a harbor city, it is a great place for spotting ships. More ships can be seen in the summer. Some cruise ships make St. John’s one of their ports to visit.

St. John’s is a great little city to visit. The view from Signal Hill is the best to see this old North American city.

P.S Thanks to my good friend Matt for taking me up there.