NOTE: The Extreme Group and Destination Cape Breton have contracted me to tour Cape Breton Island and blog about my journey for four days. I have editorial control of the content and promise to write honestly and openly about the things I see and do. I hope you will accompany me on this adventure by reading my posts and commenting as you see fit.
Syndey perked up
I hadn't been to Sydney since 1986 when my grandparents were alive and living there. Feeling nostalgic, I drove by their former home (pictured). Carl and Joanna Landsky raised four children here while balancing careers. Carl was a lifelong employee at Canada Packers, so the family always had food, even during the depression. Joanna was a teacher, opening her own school for children with intellectual disabilities where she educated my uncle Stanley and many others. They looked like Jack Spratt and his wife—Carl was a tall, thin man with a booming voice, while Joanna was short, plump, and soft-spoken, but they were both typical Cape Bretoners—dedicated, kind and wise.