The Spinal Column The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body
ISSUE NUMBER 16
WHO KNIT YA?
How many places in the world are you able to walk up to a stranger and ask 'who knit ya?' I'm sure not many but I know of at least one. Being born and raised in rural Newfoundland it was a common question asked to help place a name to your parents. It's not something I hear every day anymore here in Kitchener and I haven't mustered the confidence to start asking patients just yet. But I anticipated hearing this questioned asked again as my wife Laura and I recently had the opportunity to take a trip back to The Rock! It's always such a treat to go back to Newfoundland to see family and of course take advantage of the endless supply of seafood, but the biggest treat is always the scenery and being immersed in the culture. I'm sure you've seen the colorful commercials featuring jellybean houses, whales, icebergs with a tagline at the bottom saying call Paddy for reservations. Such commercials may have enhanced the colors just a little... but it really is one of the most beautiful places in Canada. On this trip Laura and I were able to take advantage of the beautiful weather by getting some hiking in and enjoy the ocean air. One of our favorite hikes is to start at the top of Signal Hill and hike through the historic Lower Battery Village. The Battery is a collection of colorful wooden homes clutching the side of
a steep, rocky cliff overlooking one of the world’s most striking harbours. One of the things I love most about the walk is how casual it is, with hand-painted signs pointing the way and a real sense of “what’s around the next corner?” adventure. Homes and front porches are often set up right against the pavement and there are a few artists’ galleries scattered along the way, giving you more time to linger. Of course no hike is complete without a visit to our favorite restaurant, Mallard Cottage. Mallard Cottage sits at the mouth of the harbour in Quidi Vidi and has the best fishcakes you may ever eat! Whenever we visit home it’s always at the top of our to-do list. The hardest thing about visiting Newfoundland is knowing I will have to leave again but there is an old saying in Newfoundland that says 'you can take the boy out of the bay but you can't take the bay out of the boy.' Until next time Newfoundland!
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