Thursday, 4 August 2005

Newfie Week

In case you don't recognize the island to the left, it's Newfoundland. Just thought I'd share it with you all, since I've been immersed in Newfie stuff these past couple of weeks while writing my latest term paper (Regional Geographical Analysis of Newfoundland and Labrador). Fascinating part of Canada! Someday I hope to see as much of it as possible first hand!

One of the books I've been reading - to add some local flavour to dry statistics and economical data - is Farley Mowat's The New Founde Land. I was a great Farley Mowat fan years ago, and had forgotten how much I enjoy his 'pithy' writing style! I think this fall I'm going to embark on a mission to read more classic Canadian authors. Any suggestions, besides Pierre Berton???

To set the mood for my reading and research, I've been listening to Dan McKinnon's Chasing Sunsets. Okay, okay! So Dan McKinnon is from Cape Breton, not Newfoundland - I know! I know! But his song lyrics are about the sea and seafaring people, and I felt that quite appropriate whilst thinking about Newfoundland! Check Dan's official website and give his music a wee listen ... its good stuff!

I'm wishing I had the $$ for a trip to Vancouver before classes resume in September, but I don't think my budget can be safely squeezed that much. Too bad, 'cuz I'm actually homesick for the Lower Mainland! (If you're reading this, Reynolds, don't give me a hard time!) I really feel like a walk along the Sea Wall ... and some good sushi ... and a good visit with friends ...

Other than the above, I don't have much new or interesting to blog about. I'm coming to the end of yet another semester - and feeling burned out / slightly stressed, as usual. Looks like August is going to zip by fast.

1 comment:

Bananahead said...

Timothy Findley ... another great Canadian author. Not Wanted on the Voyage being one of my all time faves, but all his books are enjoyable! And I agree, summer went by WAY too fast and this month is already seeming to follow suit ....