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Sunday, June 14, 2015

St. John's (Part 1) | Travel Diary

Perhaps this isn't the truest form of a travel diary, as it's not so much a diary as it is a little chat and a whole lot of photographs. No matter. As you may have heard (or not), I spent five days in St. John's, Newfoundland last month visiting some of my online blogger/vlogger friends. A rather bold and "outside my comfort zone" move for me, but I did it and I regret nothing.

Chloe Gordon at Cape Spear with an iceberg in Newfoundland
Small iceberg at Cape Spear, Newfoundland

This whole trip really came about because I had casually mentioned that I had always wanted to see an iceberg in real life. Bucket list sort of deal, you know? Then it was suggested that I should go to St. John's, which is smack in the middle of Iceberg Alley. So I did, just like that. And I saw ONE iceberg. It was tiny. A baby berg. But you know, it's better than no bergs at all! 

Chloe Gordon hiking Signal Hill in St. John's, Newfoundland
View of St. John's Harbour from Signal Hill
View of Fort Amherst from Signal Hill in St. John's

I also did a lot more walking and hiking than I thought I would... one morning we hiked (half) of Signal Hill and it was so lovely. I made some poor footwear choices but I rallied and even went on quite a few solo hikes. St. John's really is so beautiful - the fact that it truly is a natural harbour makes the landscape so fascinating. A narrow opening, then all kinds of huge ships docked. St. John's is closer to England than it is to Vancouver. Crazy. There are lots of cannons all over, too - even a neat little WWII gun battery - that I'm sure would have been extremely useful in the event of an attack (not). 

Colourful houses along the shoreline at Signal Hill in St. John's
Chloe Gordon with Newfoundland dog statues in downtown St. John's
Makingupashlee and KadieWanders overlooking St. John's from Signal Hill in the sunset
Cabot Tower at Signal Hill in St. John's

Honestly I still can't believe I did this, given my near constant struggles with anxiety (but that's a whole other conversation). I'm absolutely thrilled that I did it, as I met some amazing girls and had the best time I've had in a long while. Shoutouts to @makingupashlee, @kadiewanders, @chelsimadonna, @samanthajaneYT, and @misshannahMD for showing me a great Newfie time. I couldn't always understand what you were saying, but I had a blast nonetheless ;)

xo Chloë 

p.s. I have a little travel vlog up on my YouTube channel here!


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