Looking Back: Bonavista Iceberg

| January 27, 2010 | 3 Comments
newfoundlandiceberg Looking Back: Bonavista Iceberg

Iceberg off Bonavista, Newfoundland

Bonavista, Newfoundland (July 2, 2008) — Where there were two, there are many—a multiplicty of icebergs worn down like chalk against the blue sky. The remnants of icebergs punctuate the horizon. Black-winged gulls wheel in the morning, lit from below by the morning sun. The only sound was that of the sea lapping against the shore—a soft sucking sound—intimate, like that of a fisherman’s knife cutting into the belly of a fish. Further out, a soft boat orbited by gulls. And the icebergs—untethered and rolling in the bay like upturned bowls—white porcelain run through with stencils of inviolate blue. Broken apart, congealing in the cold of the night only to be eviscerated by the morning sun. Wounds filled with rainwater and softening under their own weight in the July morning, turning and groaning in the surf.

We’ve started a new category on our blog called ‘Looking Back’ that will include an occasional entry from our journals that date back to 2001 when we first began writing about living and travelling abroad. We’ll present these paired with a photo in the form of a verbal postcard. Together, these postcards provide an (in)formal and often (in)coherent narrative of the trips we’ve taken!

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For nearly ten years now, Daniel of Two Go Round-The-World has explored how travel captures our imagination and engages our deepest emotions. One half of the duo that maintains the widely read Two Go Round-The-World blog, Daniel treats his subjects not only as works of art but also as symbols of the cultural and political forces that inspire them. His latest book, The Physics of Flocking, gathers his favourite writing featured over the past two years on Two Go Round-The-World in columns like 'Looking Back' and 'The Whole Picture'—along with new reflections.

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  1. Kathryn says:

    Our trip to Newfoundland (including Bonavista) was truly amazing. Such a beautiful, untouched part of the world. Never have I breathed such clean air or seen so many beautiful natural landscapes as I did in Newfoundland. Cannot wait to go back!

  2. Shannon OD says:

    That just looks stunning it takes my breath away. I really and truly hope to make it up there soon, as you say, it looks so crisp and clean! :-)

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