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Old 06-09-2007, 03:56 AM   #1
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MY TRIP TO ST. JOHNS CANADA

Day 1 Ė Departure
We arrive at the Continental Airlines check-in to find that we have been moved to Alaska Airlines for our first flight. Thanks expedia for that tidbit of information. We get checked in, no problems. We get all of our tickets and they even let me through with an overweight suitcase with no extra charge. Cool.
Our first flight, (Brendaís very first time flying) went smooth. We ate some weird tasting airline food and then landed in Seattle. We landed quite a bit late. We had to run to our next flight on Continental which was what seemed like a mile away in the airport. This is where they misconnected our luggage. Hurray.
We make the flight, with a few minutes to spare. Talk about a long flight. Man, I must have fell asleep like twice. Wasnít really sleep though.
We landed in Newark. Talk about some tall buildings around. Quite a site to see for both of us. Was raining rather heavily though. We had a layover of about 2 hours at first that turned into 4.5 hours.
I got pretty buzzed a couple times. Hurray for my birthday!! I am 26 now on my way to Canada.
We get onto our last jet. Nice small jet that goes fast as hell. Continental Express. We arrive in Canada. YES!! Wait, where is our luggage? (This is where we found out that our luggage got misconnected. So we have to wait till the next night to get it.
We get a cab to a decent hotel in the downtown area. Groovy place this downtown St. Johns.
We took a late night stroll just down one of the streets and saw lots of wild looking things. There is an actual stone cathedral and a castle shaped supreme court house. Magnificant!


We were in search for a 24 hour convenient store for some toiletries to no avail. Them my guts started to hurt with every breath I take. We head back to the hotel and find some ZZZs for the rest of the night.

Day2 Ė First journey
Today we spent about 4 hours walking around the downtown area looking for a grocery store. We needed some supplies to get clean with since our baggage didnít get to us until late.
Along the way we saw many houses that seemed to be built 70 to 100 years ago. Many different colors, all crammed together with an arms length distance apart.After we bought a map and found the grocery store, we started heading back. A local jogger came up to us while I was consulting the map to get back to the hotel. Rich Canadian accent and nice as hell. He pointed us in the right direction and had conversation with us. Gave us a few tips on where to go for walking and site seeing. There is a walking trail that goes through most of St. Johns. Maybe we will adventure down that later. After much debating and a little researching of prices, I decided we should rent a car. We get a taxi back to the airport to pick up the car.
On the way to the airport, the taxi driver advised us of where to go to see some nice coastal scenery.
We we then picked up the rental car and made a small trip to the coast. WOW @ horizon line! Very nice. BTW, in Newfoundland here, it is illegal to use a cell phone while driving FTW!
I decided this will be the place where I dispense the ashes of my family.



We then went back to the hotel and decided that we were hungry. We took a little cruise around the city to find a nice place to eat at 10:00 at night. Along the way we saw a lot of little houses. Most of this place is residential like I have never seen before. So many little houses everywhere!
We found an eatery that was still open called Jungle Jimís. The inside was made by what seemed to be bamboo. Everywhere! Very nice restaurant with great food. Got a piece of candy afterwards too.
We then went home and thus concluded our journey for the night.

Day 3 Ė The Good, The Bad, and The Wet
We got our luggage in last night. Brendaís case was a little scathed from the trip, to be expected. Mine however had about 10 articles of clothing and all of my underwear and socks were wet as hell. What did they do, strap it to the wings of the plane over here or what? So I had to let everything sit in the open overnight just for it to dry. Meh, worse things could happen right?
Clothes dry and ready to go, we get up at about noon and get ready to go do what we came here for. I gathered up my 3 family members in their respective boxes and we head out towards the coast. Along the way we find out just what heavy traffic is all about in St. Johns. Wow, you would have to be crazy to be walking downtown at a time like this.
I donít know what the 14% sales tax is all about here but it sure isnít for street maintenance. Just about every street is littered with bumps and small pot holes along the sides next to the curb. I would hate to drive my car here ever with my nice rims. Hell, my suspension would probably be toast in months. I would imagine winter time would be horrid here too, the inclines almost rival San Francisco.
Not only were there a bunch of pot holes and cracks along the way, but the road system here is wacked too. You could be going one way trying to make it north, then all of a sudden the road forces you to take a right turn instead. Meaning you have to go through another part of the neighborhood just to get back to the road you were on in the first place. Good thing my rental car is brand new and has plenty of pep for an A/T. 2007 Nissan Versa. Ugly as hell but pretty quick and nimble, almost makes me want to get one just for Auto-X. ..

NAH!
Not only are the roads crazy, but most of the drivers around here are very very brave. I have had to slam on the brakes more than once in one trip because people just shoot out from parking lots right in front of me. Good brakes I might add.
So after discovering that I can drive damn well in a foreign place we finally make it to our destination. Ahh, the coast of St. Johns.. Atlantic Ocean. Very nice view, waves, ocean breeze. I love it.
We adventure down the path. My thoughts are to climb over some rocks to get to a more private area. I try to time the tide just right in order to run around a few rocks along the beach then to jump on a rock when the tide comes in. My timing sucked and I soaked my shoes and pants. Oh yay for being wet.
After trying to lift my 3 family members over some rocks, I decided that they are way too heavy for me to be scaling anything and carrying them at the same time. We post camp and start dismantling the burn boxes. 3 bags of ashes lay on the ground, ready for departure. I time the tides just right, 1 bag at a time. Grandma, Grandpa, then my mother. I say a prayer and pour the ashes 1 at a time onto the beach floor and watch the tides take my family away to be recycled back into nature.
We are done. Mission accomplished. My families dying wish was achieve. ALL RIGHT! TIME TO HAVE SOME FUN NOW!
After fighting back a few tears, we head to the mall. Avalon Mall.


I am looking for some mythical creatures at this point. None to be found.
This mall is 2 stories. Lots of clothing stores, 1 video game store, a couple movie/music stores , few thrift shops and tourist shops. Had a nice wide open food court and man, some good sub sandwiches there that had SOFT bread! Where do you find soft bread for your sub? ONLY IN CANADA IT SEEMS!!!
After spending way too much money on nick nacks, we leave the mall probably never to go back to again. Stuff around here is way expensive.
After the mall we head up to a place called Signal Hill. Mighty fine view I must say. I got some great pictures of a fog covered St. Johns. Tomorrow we may go up to get some clear pictures.



Talk about some high winds. Man, there are no mountains slowing this wind down, it almost blew me off of the ledge I was standing on.
We head down and on the way there is a Geo Center for people to visit. We step inside.


Some pretty cool stuff inside, large models of planets inside and some great information of how old the rocks of Newfoundland and Labrador really are. Very informative place, not too technological, but what an awesome building structure. Most of the building was underground. Not only can you learn about geological stuff there, but also oil refining, and even the facts about the Titanic were up for display there. Funny fact, 500 people died that should not have because people panicked and released the life boats way too soon with 500 empty seats! I guess the rich have very little brains when it comes to survival.
After that we go to grab some brews created in Nova Scotia and head back to the hotel. MMM, very tasty.


We dine at the restraint in the hotel called Rumplestilskinís . I had some yummy mussels and Brenda had a turkey club. Very tasty.
After dinner we head back to the room and end the night.

Day 4 Ė Quite another day
Not a lot happened spectacular today.
We woke up as late as ever, 12 noon. Nice and sunny with a sprinkle of rain outside. Perfect, so we thought.
We get outside and find out that it is humid and hot as hell. Almost canít breathe. We adjust.
Walk down the main street of downtown with camera and tripod in hand. Yes, I look good as a tourist, wearing my silk anime shirt.
Took some shots of buildings and some paintings on some of the walls. We come across the huge cathedral I mentioned before. Took a few shots and headed inside.
The temperature must have dropped 40 degrees upon entering. Was a nice cool temp inside. This place was huge and apparently not was this place meant for services, but for tourism as well. We declined the guided tour and roamed around freely snapping shots. Had some of the most beautiful stained glass windows and some very nice architecture inside.
After spending about half an hour inside we head back out into the outdoor sauna. Losing weight and feeling great we head to the hot dog stand. Man stuff here is expensive. A buck fifty for a stinking dog with no mayo and generic brand ketchup and mustard. Meh, it is food.
We get back to the hotel and hop in the car to take more pictures of the city in the bright of day. Went
Back up to Signal Hill for the view.



Man this place is windy, but felt so so nice. I took the best pictures I could of the surrounding area. Even took 1 video, I think I did about a 720 trying to catch all aspects of this fine place. It is hard to capture the real beauty with a mere digital camera. In the middle of taking the video it started to rain. I ended the recording and we ran down the hill to the car.
After that we roamed around the city. These roads are hardly painted at all, it is very difficult to distinguish what lane you are supposed to be in and where it is supposed to turn.
We head back to the hotel and eat some dinner and bum around. I run across the street to get some beer for the night. Did you know the legal drinking age here is 19? Crazy huh? I hear that it is 15 in other provinces as well.
Anyhow, I get my beer and some chips and head back up to my hotel room. I open the window due to it being so muggy in here to hear a nasty sound. Ricer exhaust. Yes, there is rice even on the far east coast of Canada. A convertible Honda that seemed to have some shrubbery in the back seat.
/boggle
And that is our night.

Day 5 Ė Last Stay
Well, I can say that this day wasnít too eventful. We stayed up late the night before and slept in a bunch so to keep our schedules coinciding with home time.
We went for a little walk in the downtown area to the post office to get some bubble wrap for packing our fragile gifts.
Wow this place is humid.
After we find the post office after getting some crappy directions from the government building, we stop off at the local coffee shop. 1 of many I might add. Talk about some horrible tasting stuff. I had the worse Chai tea ever. If you ever get asked for honey in your tea, make sure to get some, cause I usually expect my chai to be sweet. This one however, was bland as hell. Live and learn.
We roam around a little more. Heading back I drop off a $2 coin to the local accordion musician. He said thanks and we went on our way. What lovely sounding music when not recorded.
We hop in the car and roam around to find something to eat. We find a place called Boston Pizza. It is almost identical to the Bostonís we have here in town. Decent food.
After being satisfied we head back to the hotel and lounge around a bit playing video games and watching TV.
We stay up late. All night just so we donít sleep in past our flight. Before we head to the airport we stop off at the shore to listen to the waves crash one more time before heading home.
Stopped on the way to fill up on some gas for the car. We used half a tank, not bad, not bad. Except half a tank cost 30 freaking dollars holy cow!
We arrive at the airport with no problems. This being day 6 now, a run off of day 5.
We head home.
After many flights and many neck aches, we get home safe and sound.



The End.






All in all, this trip was an awesome experience for both of us and we won't ever forget it.



Phil, I have a lot more pictures if you would like me to upload the good stuff on a computer of yours. ^^
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Old 06-09-2007, 03:59 AM   #2
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just in time for the autocross
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Old 06-09-2007, 04:08 AM   #3
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wow sounds like it was quite an adventure,glad to hear things went well for the most part. get some rest and see you in the am
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Old 06-09-2007, 06:37 AM   #4
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glad to hear you are back nice and safe and that the wishes of your family have been carried out
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Old 06-09-2007, 06:47 AM   #5
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I'm glad all went well and you carried out your families wishes. I think that cathedral you mention is the famous St. Johns Cathedral i have heard of before.
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Old 06-09-2007, 10:29 AM   #6
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welcome back and looks rainy like I had predicted lol

and I would really like to see all the pics you got so yeah, any time you wanna dl them onto my computer let me know. see ya at autocross.
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Old 06-10-2007, 02:46 AM   #7
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Thanks for sharing!!!!!!
So awesome
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Old 06-10-2007, 01:34 PM   #8
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Yeah, that was the St. Johns cathedral. It only rained there twice when I was there. Once when we were sleeping, another time only lightly when we were out taking pictures.
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