Talk­ing with tourists

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - FRONT PAGE - BY ROS­ALYN ROY THE GULF NEWS Ros­alyn.roy@gulfnews.ca Twit­ter: @tyger­lylly

PORT AUX BASQUES, NL – Stand­ing on a hill­side over­look­ing Scott’s Cove, a young man was tak­ing self­ies and en­joy­ing the view as the ferry sailed into the har­bour.

“It’s my first time in New­found­land,” said Alex Nas­sami, who works for the fed­eral govern­ment and was pass­ing through on busi­ness. Dur­ing his stay Nas­sami couldn’t help but ob­serve the dif­fer­ences be­tween New­found­land and Québec.

“It’s kind of dif­fer­ent actually be­cause first of all you know you have a lot of wa­ter. You have the ocean,” he said. “We don’t have any of this.”

Nas­sami has no­ticed there are a lot of hills, point­ing out that Mon­treal re­ally only has Mount Royal whereas the south­west coast has the Long Range moun­tains. He thought it a bit odd that fish­er­men park on the shoul­der of the high­way to trek into the rivers, some­thing that would be con­sid­ered highly un­usual in Québec.

Nas­sami also liked the town’s brightly coloured houses and how they are built pretty much ev­ery­where, some­times even fac­ing each other but sep­a­rated by a small cove. In the fu­ture he’s hop­ing to re­turn for a more leisurely visit, per­haps with his girl­friend and a few friends for a bit of camp­ing and to take in more of the scenery. “When there’s wa­ter, ocean, moun­tains — I like it.”

J. R. ROY / SPE­CIAL TO THE GULF NEWS

Alex Nas­sami hails from the Laval area of Mon­treal in Québéc.

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