In April of 2003 I had an opportunity with my employer at the time to come to St. John’s, Newfoundland for a six-week project. Aside from a few vacations and business trips, I have never left.
Over the years, I have bumped into acquaintances where I have noticed an amusing trend. During the process of “catching up” I mention that I now reside in Newfoundland which usually results in a curious glance as if to question my sanity. I have long since ceased being offended by this ignorance as I, knowing little about the province and having never visited previously, would have displayed the same reaction prior to travelling here. As such, I try to use it as an opportunity to educate my friends on the aspects of Newfoundland and Labrador that struck me and, ultimately, motivated me to settle down here. One of these aspects is the harmonious blend of culture, history, and architecture contrasted against the natural beauty of the landscape. To illustrate this point, please see above video (from Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism):