Since the hostel was pretty full, we decided to host a traditional Newfoundland ceremony for the seven lucky people in the photo above (one of them is in fact our very own Syd!) The whole group was very happy and excited-although initially anxious…-to take part in what we hope will become a regular Skerwink tradition!
So what exactly is this tradition you ask? It is a ceremony conducted for CFA’s (that’s come from away’s), people who aren’t from Newfoundland, in order to make them honorary Newfoundlanders!
The ceremony includes a few different stages, and a lot of secrets, so I can’t really tell you much more than that. But it is a lot of fun! And I highly recommend that everyone takes part in one while on the Rock.
The only other thing I can tell you, is that the ceremony finishes with each person kissing a cod (though puffin’s are also often viewed as legitimate). Unfortunately for us the cod season was nowhere close, and we don’t have a habit of keeping a giant frozen fish in our freezer (though we may start…), nor was I going to catch myself a puffin! Rather than going hunting for some other less scary fish, we found a yummy crab to be kissed!