17. Juli: Under jorden og over havet

I nat boede vi lidt uden for North Sydney i bydelen Sydney Mines, så vi syntes, vi ville se en af de mange miner i området. I Glaze Bay er der lavet et museum over kulminerne, og det er pensionerede kulminearbejdere, som viser rundt nede i de minegange, som ligger i forbindelse med museet. Vores guide hed Abbie, var 80 år gammel og havde arbejdet mere end 40 år i minerne. Hans far og bedstefar (samt hans onkler og brødre) havde også arbejdet der, så nogle af hans historier handlede om de umenneskelige vilkår, faderen og bedstefaderen arbejdede under med meget lidt sikkerhed og elendig betaling. Vi blev iført kappe og sikkerhedshjelm og især hjelmen satte vi pris på, for der var meget lavloftet inde i gangene, så vi måtte gå foroverbøjet.

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Efter minebesøget spiste vi sen frokost i restauranten i et af de små minearbejderhuse udenfor og kørte så til North Sydney, hvor vi skulle checke ind mindst to timer før vores færgeafgang. Det tog laaang tid at få alle bilerne ombord, der kunne de sørme lære noget i Skandinavien! Men omsider kom vi da ombord og fik lagt fra kaj. Senere spiste vi aftensmad (inkl. lækker gulerodskage med romcreme til dessert) i færgens restaurant, før vi gik til køjs i vores kahyt.

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English version

Tonight we stayed just outside North Sydney in an area called Sydney Mines, so we thought we should see one of the many mines in that region. In Glaze Bay there is a museum telling the history of the coal mines and the tour guides are retired miners, who take you down into the shafts they used to work in. Our guide was 80-year-old Abbie, who had worked in the mines for more than 40 years. His father, grandfather, uncles and brothers had also worked there, so some of his stories were about the terrible conditions his father and grandfather had worked under with very little safety and lousy payment. We dressed in capes and hard hats before going down into the mine itself, and we particularly appreciated the hard hats, because the shafts had very low ceilings so we had to crouch to walk there.

After the museum visit we had a late lunch in the restaurant in one of the small miner’s cottages outside it, and then drove down to North Sydney, where we had been told to check in at least two hours before the ferry for Newfoundland departed. It took a looong time to get all the cars, trucks and passengers onboard the ship (they could learn something from Scandinavian ferry companies here). But eventually we got onboard and sailed off into the sunset. Later we had a really nice dinner  – including yummy carrot cake with screech (local rhum) icing before going to bed in our cabin.

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