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Published on June 29, 2017

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

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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.”