Have you ever had a work opportunity that turned into a pleasurable adventure? Well!! Last month, I was invited to participate in a Sales Presentation in St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada. I was very excited as this would be my first time visiting the region. Of course, the first thing I did was go searching for available tours in St. Johns. Now keep in mind, I am supposed to be there for work and I am looking for things to see and do. Go figure 🙂
Any who, with my flight arriving literally after 11 pm because of the time difference. Stop for a second — Did you know that the time difference in Newfoundland is one hour and 30 minutes? I was scratching my head the entire time why there was a 30-minute difference. Google always comes in handy.
“This time zone exists because of the location of the island and the fact that it was a separate dominion when the time zones were established. The island of Newfoundland lies squarely in the eastern half of the Atlantic Time Zone, exactly three and a half hours from Greenwich.”
Furthermore, even though it was June and Spring, the average temperature was in the 40’s. That meant packing winter gear. It seems that this South Florida girl keeps running into cold weather 🙂
By the way, Newfoundland is pronounced “new-fin-land”. It has everything to do with their Irish accent.
Now that I have given you some background on Newfoundland, let’s get back to work. So, the next morning, I didn’t get an email or a call from my workers and I had no idea what time they would be arriving. Eventually, I decided to schedule a tour. As soon as I entered the breakfast area of the hotel, I saw my co-workers. Oops!! Tour scheduled and there is work to be done. However, the co-worker that I was tasked with to work on the presentation was not arriving until later that evening. Whew! I am free to enjoy half of my day.
The first thing I had to do was prepare for the weather — It was cold and cloudy. After prepping, it was time to explore.
Our first stop was to Marine Drive and the Science Ocean Centre.
I found out that there many different starfish (sea star)
And when you get to hold one, you get a little excited.
I actually held a scallop. Who knew they came in a shell?
This picturesque town is about 10 minutes outside of downtown St. John’s. We literally stood there admiring the view.
Middle Cove Beach
Middle Cove is a natural pebble beach with lookout which is about a 5 minute drive from St. John’s. Our tour guide was telling us about the ocean waves and current and how dangerous it can be. There has been several incidents that people have been pulled into the ocean by waves and drowned. I made sure to stay a safe distance.
Toward the end of the tour, we finally saw the sun. The sea and sky was in perfect harmony.
This was one of the best 3 hours of the workday that I enjoyed tremendously. Now I needed to get back to work. There is a part 2 this adventure. Stay tuned.