Originally Posted by Canuman
I've been browsing through Patrick O'Flaherty's Come Near At Your Peril A Visitor's Guide to the Island of Newfoundland.
It's a frikkin' hoot, and packed with good advice. For example, on food:
The general rule is: if you come here with a cholesterol problem, you will be sent home in a casket.
You will probably get a flat tire during your stay here. Do you know how to change a tire? If you don't, learn how to do so.
You will see. . .squat, barn-like structures , sometimes unpainted, set in a gravel pit and called "lounges." These are taverns; too often, they are foul-smelling places, dark and dismal to be avoided by the sensible visitor who wants to stay out of trouble.
A good read.
O'Flaherty sounds like a good read!
I've found that immersing yourself in unfamiliar cultures can sometimes get you a fat lip, but never have I regretted it. Experiencing the nuances of the local flavor of the region is what it's all about. I could spend the entire trip in a 50 square mile area and still not drink in enough.
I'd like to get the titles of the other books you're reading too.