Shopping on any given day quickly reminds me of the small things I took for granted back home. Just today, my cravings for any summertime delights were stifled when I stumbled across this barrel of Watermelons. Fresh produce are considered precious commodities on an island, I have to keep reminding myself that. Just in case I forget, the hot pink stamps will make sure the price is highly visible! To have to spend this amount of money to indulge, your truly “0ne in a Melon”!
It’s been a year since I moved to Bermuda, an experience that has changed my perspectives on life, education and culture. While I can easily adapt to new environments, being a newbie to the island lifestyle can pose a huge challenge for a city dweller.
For instance, my introduction to the island culture was quite brief while living in Asia I toured Thailand. A very tourist and popular destination with a host events to keep you entertained during your stay. While I haven’t had a chance yet to tour the Caribbean, I was fortunate to land a job on the beautiful North Atlantic gem to get me started.
Bermuda sits just east of Florida and only a couple of hours away from the mainland. A beautiful relaxing paradise that ironically never comes up in international conversations. During my research, I learned of the expensive urbanity, everything from the six-dollar loaves of bread, to the one dollar apples and fifteen hundred-dollar studio apartment rentals were mind boggling. I learned very quickly, networking here is mandatory and not optional especially if your seeking to land a job and are contracted to stay for a while. While on the tailend of settling, I struggled with the stagnated and snaillike demeanor which can easily be misunderstood for laziness. I learned the greatest asset this country have is the warm invitation from the local community. I was able to make connections via social media and email quickly and soon found a cheap apartment, furniture and learned of the best places to shop for food. Visitings websites such as www.nothingtodoinbermuda.com and www.emoo.bm and the The People’s List page on Facebook opened the door to monthly calendar events which provided more of social life as the environment is very family oriented.
While quite beautiful, it’s very small, 22 miles long to be exact! In most cases in the US it would be considered a neighborhood. The island consists of nine parishes (or communities) all are easily accessible by boat, bike, car or bus. There’s a railroad trail converted into a walking path, great for late evening and afternoon cool downs.
In my short time, I complete The End 2 End Marathon, (for which I walked), attended my first Carnival and Soca Parade and the international sailing competition the America’s Cup, for which America lost. In total, the experience was priceless.
While I have yet to find a great eatery, I have sampled their signature dishes, which are the The Traditional Fish Sandwich and Fish Chowder and was given more suggestions about others spots that I plan to write about in later posts.
With so much more to unravel about this gem and the infamous “Bermuda Triangle”, I can honestly state that my time thus far has been notable. I plan to continue to stroll the shoreline of these pink sand beaches to explore more about this unique peninsular otherwise known as Bermuda.