Zoe D'Amato at the Iceberg Vodka Distillery, Newfoundland
Twelve thousand years before bartenders started serving up frosty vodka and tonics, the principle ingredient of an unusual Canadian liquor had already begun its formation. The aptly named Iceberg Vodka is the only vodka in the world made from icebergs, a source of water so pure . . . → Read More: “Death Row” for icebergs
1 victim (a foreign one)
1 native Newfoundlander or more (only ones allowed to perform the ceremony)
A real fish (preferably a cod – but any whole fish will do – just make sure it’s dead).
A Sou’Wester (or pink woolly hat?)
A bottle of Screech Rum
The ceremony host has the victim stand in front of a group . . . → Read More: The “Screech In” Ceremony
Zoe gets "“screeched in"
Yay! Lucky Globe Trekker Zoe D’Amato gets to kiss a cod (dead one) and swig the local rum…
Cod kissing “Screech In” Ceremony is a traditional seafaring way of welcoming outsiders to Newfoundland Island. It’s also the best possible way of going native, that is if you weren’t born there. If you survive . . . → Read More: Cod kissing and rum swigging
Grand Staircase, Ryan Mansion
Yesterday our Eastern Canada crew visited Ryan Mansion in St. John’s, Newfoundland Island. This historic home was built by James Ryan during the period between 1909 and 1911 – which is around the same time as the Titanic. Ryan was probably the wealthiest man in Newfoundland and no expense was spared during . . . → Read More: The Titanic Staircase
John Cabot – or Giovanni Caboto in Italian, meaning either “coastal seaman”, or, according to some “big head” – was born in Genoa c.1450. In 1476 he married a young woman called Mattea and, after travelling widely as a merchant, they moved to England and settled in the port of Bristol which was the second-largest seaport . . . → Read More: John Cabot and a tale of 2 towers