It's time again for my world famous
weekly thought. The place where I tell you everything
that is going on in my head and stuff thats happening
cK in BERMUDA!
was very priviledged recently to head down to Bermuda
and visit the "Jewel of the Atlantic". I stayed
with my friend, Selica and her wonderful family. They
treated me like one of their own and definitely showed
me a great time.
my way to Bermuda, I flew with American Airlines. They
claim that now they have MORE ROOM in coach. I have
flown with AA before and its always a horrible experience
flying with them. I got a window seat, but was unfortunate
to have the guy next to me fall asleep on my shoulder.
The seat was so small and tight, that the
2 hour trip was very uncomfortable. I couldn't wait
Bermuda Blue House
arriving, I was greeted by my friend, Selica
at the airport. She had the
afternoon off, so she spent it touring me through downtown
Hamilton. I was fascinated
at all the old architecture. It definitely had a lot
of British influence.
chilled out that night enjoying my little ocean view
room. I went outside and relaxed on the hammock gazing
at the jewelled night sky, listening to tree frogs sing
and the ocean waves crash beneath me. I waited until
I saw a shooting star, and of course I eventually did!
next day I took the pink Bermuda bus into Hamilton and
toured around for myself. It wasn't long before my little
playtime ran out and I met up with Selica and her fiancee,
Trevor for lunch. We went to this Chinese/Thai restaurant
called Chopsticks. The food was very good,
and like everything in Bermuda, quite steeply priced.
Wednesday night, for a certain season, the city of Hamilton
has a little touristy thing called, Harbour Nights.
They throw a little street party where there is lots
of food, song and dance with a live band to entertain
the crowd of people who are visiting from off of the
cruise ship that has docked. So naturally, I hear FREE
PARTY, FOOD?? I'm there!! It was pretty good. I had
fun dancing to the basic calypso songs they played.
(Dollar Wine, Hot Hot Hot) There were even some tourists
who I found taking pictures of ME when I was dancing.
Later, they would come up to me and say how much they
enjoyed watching me. Since when was I part of the act?!?!
that evening, we got home in time to catch Rueben win
American Idol. The whole season I didn't watch, but
that particular night I did. It was cool to see the
big guy win.
Royal Naval Dockyards
next day was spent visiting the Bermuda Royal Naval
Dockyards. Wow! That was a trip! This place is like
a hugh military base from back in the day. It was one
of the main defence points of the island that dished
out a lot of heat in time of war. Besides all the island
history stuff, there was a Dolphin Quest part where
you can swim with the dolphins! That was too cool for
me to participate on my own. Maybe next time.
the daytime of Friday, I wound up going to the National
Gallery of Bermuda to see the photography work of Lee
Miller. It was very fascinating. I had a very cool experience
viewing her stuff. Your eyes are opened to the still
moments that she captured during World War II. On my
way out, this really nice lady by the name of Joice
would not let me leave. She kept talking to me and trying
invite me to some other art premieres! Man, if I only
had more time! I couldn't go with her because I was
already going out with Selica to see the Matrix Reloaded.
So I had to pass.
yes, I went to see that movie. I found it blah. I mean
it was entertaining and all, but I think it was wayyy
overhyped. I did however, enjoy the car chase scene.
That was actually quite original. Everything else just
seemed so fake.
the movie, Selica, Selina, Trevor and I are tired, but
still want to catch a vibe or two at a nightclub. So
they take me to a place called "Spring Garden".
I let the outside appearance fool me. It seemed like
a small and shady establishment. But once I got inside,
I was totally wrong. The place was packed and was an
open air bar/nightclub. They were jamming some reggae
dancehall tunes and the crowd was bouncing. I think
it was just my luck that when we all arrived, the dj
flipped the set and put on 50 Cent! Blast!! I could
hear him anywhere in the U.S.!!! I just wanted some
Photo Shoot, Horseshoe Beach
was spent at Horseshoe Beach where I finally got a sample
of the world famous pink sand.The water is crystal clear.
Truly tropical. I met some really cool people there
as well. One guy I met was now a resident Bermudian
police officer that grew up in Jane/Finch area of Toronto!
It was soo cool to meet another fellow Canadian. The
other guy who I met thought that I was an entertainer.
(I think it was the hair) The only problem that day
was that a little rain rolled in and cooled the water
down, so it wasn't up to real swimming conditions for
me. This is the actual official day that resident Bermudians
go for their first swim of the summer. (The Bermuda
Day weekend) I stayed about an hour before we retreated
back to the house so I could get ready for the evening
40, Hamilton, Bermuda
Saturday night, I went out with Sabrina and Kenrick.
They first took me to a place called the Captain's Lounge.
Apparently, the drinks are cheaper there and its wise
to get loaded here rather than when you get to your
next destination. And, I also learned that you don't
ask for a RUM and COKE, you ask for a BLACK and COKE?
Why so? Well the rum in Bermuda is called Black Seal.
So you are asking for a Black Seal mixed with Coke.
I do admit, its quite strong. So after getting our buzz
started from the Captain's Lounge, Sabrina and Kenrick
take me to a place called Club 40 on Front Street in
Hamilton. When we got in there around 12am, the place
was dead. There was like 20 people in there. Then all
of a sudden, about 12:30am maybe 1am, there was this
huge mass of people that just came in at once. The majority
of them being a marching band flown in from Norfolk,
VA for the Bermuda Day festivities on Monday. The place
was happening and those step marching guys really put
on a show. I noticed that some of the guys were wearing
GAMMA GAMMA PSI on their shirts. I could be wrong, but
that's what I saw in the club lights. I had an okay
time there, I just wish that the music wasn't all "American".
I go to Selica's church. That was quite different. There
was not more than 6 of us in the sanctuary. It was very
intimate and I think the smallest crowd I've ever been
with in a church. That was really cool. After church,
I went to see Aunty Jenn and Uncle Bill. I stayed with
them to watch the cricket match playing on television.
It was the West Indies team vs. Australia. It was very
exciting and I watched until the 50th over. Then Aunty
Jenn and Uncle Bill took me for a drive. The main destination
was to visit the Bermuda Aqaurium and Museum. When we
got there, I saw sooo many types of exotic fish and
animals that I was breathtaken. The amazing colours
and shapes, you wonder how all of these creatures were
ever created! I had a real good time with Aunty Jenn.
Uncle Bill then took us for a drive to a point on the
edge of St. Catherine's I think, where at exactly 4:30pm
every Sunday, the cruise ship is passing through a tight
little channel. Its a majestic sight because you are
right beside the enormous boat as it cruising out to
the Atlantic. Uncle Bill also took me to the Gibb's
Hill Lighthouse. Its like $2.50 to go in, but once you
get a view from the top, you can see the ENTIRE ISLAND.
Its crazy, but amazing. I totally liked it.
were so many things that I had to make a list of things-to-do-next
when I return with Aunty Jenn and Uncle Bill. They were
so much fun!
next day was MONDAY... the actual BERMUDA DAY. I woke
up early in the morning with Selica's mom so we could
catch the runners in the Bermuda Day Marathon. Its an
annual tradition that takes place every Bermuda Day
morning. After the marathon, then the annual parade
commences. Today was the only day that it rained heavily,
therefore making the day's festivities vulnerable to
being cancelled. But, they made the show go out. People
prepare all year for it, so it would be real tragic
to cancel it just because of some measley rain!
had to go out to the parade. Of course I'd be comparing
it to the Toronto Carnival, or the Miami Carnival, but
I knew it wasn't going to be on such a scale only because
Bermuda isn't that much populated. I saw about 2 floats
and about 2 marching bands out of the 12 floats and
bands. All of them performing in the rain as spectators
looked on under umbrellas along the sidewalks. I took
a lot of photos and definitely had fun there too.
in car en route to St. George's
was my last day there in Bermuda, so I had to do something
cool. I ended up going to the town of St. George's where
they have their "Harbour Nights" on the Tuesdays.
(how convenient!) So Selica, her mom and I all went
together to listen to a live band and eat food. The
night was beautiful. There was a large number of people
present there. St. George's is an old world city. You
can see the history there in the town square area. The
architechture of the buildings and the cobblestone sidewalks
emulate old British rule. Speaking of, there was a part
of the night where they demonstrate what the people
of St. George's used to do back in the day when a citizen
does an evil
(such as gossiping, being drunk in public, etc) They
actually sit a person in like a see-saw chair, and dunk
them in the water until the crowd says stop! Isn't that
crazy?? I don't really know what it proves, but I know
that if I was mad, I'd cool off real fast in that water!!
a dunking in St. George's
my time spent in Bermuda was too little. Even though
I did so much, it still wasn't enough. In 7 days, I
was able to do a lot, but there's still more to do.
can't wait until the next trip! Thanks everyone who
made my visit special. Make sure you clear some space
for me again... cK is definitely coming back!!
Ship, St. George's