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Over 30,000 km it was Canada everywhere (44)

by tetsu95jp | 2008-01-27 08:53 | 18.Till Newfoundland
Over 30,000 km it was Canada everywhere (43)
Crossing Newfoundland on the Trans-Canada highway, before I knew it the strange engine noise I had got at Alberta disappeared. However, it began again after refueling at an Esso station. Oh, even Esso can't be trusted in a rural area of Canada? Well, you had better know that if you feel something suspicious of the attitude of a gas station in Canada you should pass it.
What I noticed with Newfoundlander was that even them want to tell others when they saw Carib or what not. I can understand that feeling because I had such an experience. When I drove on a narrow road at night, something like horse appeared in the distance of headlights; it was slowly crossing the road, then stepping break I realised it had antler; when I came just aside, it hurriedly disappeared into the bush. I was still wondering if it was a Moose.
Interestingly, some many people resides in Newfoundland were still hoisting Union Jacks; despite the fact that many of them were the descendants of the people in Ireland and Scotland, both of which were conquered by England.
Perhaps I might have looked at Newfoundlanders from a biased viewpoint. Nevertheless, I felt that they were exclusive to me. When I asked for a direction in a parking lots of a church, the woman' s hands were somehow trembling over her face. At the hostel in downtown St. John's, the manager, who smelled whisky from day time, proudly accounted the originality of Newfoundland for not having Chinese people and Asian; in other words, they are proper descendants from Europe; they were singing joyous songs together at night. When I entered a bar in the downtown, the girls over a counter didn't so much look at me, much less order from me. Later someone said I might have been mistaken as Inuit. If so, did that mean they discriminate them? Having said so, I also think that we should take it into consideration that many young people there were hopeless for good job opportunities; the old industries St. John's used to depend on have gone. This was not only the Newfoundland's problem, though.
What was interesting was that, even though the manager described Newfoundland as a good successor of Europe, when I said to the most popular fish and chips restaurant didn't add tastes that in Vancouver area they use salt and pepper, the lady chef said she will from now on! In any case, it may well be described as distinctive next to Québec in Canada.
However, I had another "distinctive" experience. Though many highways were paved in Newfoundland, except the Trans-Canada Highway were full of chuckholes and rough; therefore, I got a flat-tyre. Having heard this, the landlord of the motel in Avalon asked for help for a neighbour; and then, he kindly fixed it! I had only to wait and see. There were no car-repair shop in countryside, and not only this but also everything they have to do by themselves.
I tried to pay to him, but he declined. In the garage, he showed Cod with a lot of salt; he was a fisherman. As I wanted, he brought a completed one from back. "How much?" "$8." I paid to him $10. He thanked me. They said they were the descendants of Irish. People in Newfoundland are hard to talk to, but once getting accustomed to they should be good guys. As a matter of fact, the plant workers I met at the wharf later were very cheerful with me. There I found enormous amount of huge Cod that were manufactured in the same way as the fisherman's and that were supposed to export to Europe. The sea around Southern Avalon seemed sound still.


by tetsu95jp | 2008-01-26 08:10 | 18.Till Newfoundland
Over 30,000 km it was Canada everywhere (42)

by tetsu95jp | 2008-01-25 08:17 | 18.Till Newfoundland
Over 30,000 km it was Canada everywhere (41)

I'd never heard anything more dreadful; a native tribe of Indian, Beothuk, in Newfoundland was demolished by British people. I came to know visiting Port au Choix National Historic Site. According to a document, as European settlers arrived, especially for the British, they had to move to further interior for resources. Then, the British people started to kill them and finally just before 20 century the final girl of Beothuk was found and killed in St. John's. During that time, the churches cooperated with this activity prohibiting the White to marry Beothuk. They were literally annihilated; this was worse than the Nazism.
Some people says that their steals of the White's properties invited such anger as to kill them up; however, they didn't have the same perception of personal possessions as Western people: they regarded the properties to be shared as the Indian's perception of 'People belong to land.' That problem was the difference of the cultures. Most importantly, despite the fact that there were people against that movement, the churches among of all things helped the desperate activity. What was the God for? - They only needed God to justify themselves!


To my great surprise, the Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation (Government of Newfoundland and Labrador) displays at Boyd's Cove Beothuk Interpretation Centre, around where Beothuk used to reside, the history, all the story and details which their ancestors concerned and without any words of reflection. When I asked a staff if I could meet any person who have Beothuk blood, she instantly denied the possibility because any children between White and Beothuk mustn't be registered by any churches. I wonder if a government of this country take it for granted to control every human activity.


by tetsu95jp | 2008-01-24 08:25 | 18.Till Newfoundland