Today I took a bus to St. George's and had lunch at a cool restaurant on Water Street. It was named after some sort of fish that starts with a "W", and had a deck beside the water. I sat outside and had the most amazing grilled salmon and spinach salad I have ever tasted! It was sooooo good. I'm not planning on going back to St. George's again, but if I have enough of a craving for that lunch again I might have to. Then I went to the Unfinished Church which I couldn't go see the other day because there was a wedding going on. I'm glad I went and saw it -- it was fantastic. The church was started to replace St. Peter's but was never finished due to budget restraints. Now it's preserved by the Bermuda National Trust as a historic site. It looks just like the ruins of an old church. There's no floor or roof left anymore, and it's really quite spectacular. I felt like I was walking through some sort of fantasy ruin. I also met a little friend on one of the collapsed pillars outside the church.
Next I took the bus to Grotto Bay Resort because I was told that there are two caves there, just like the Fantasy and Crystal Caves, but they're free! So I went and found them. The stalactites were smooth and weird shaped, like they bubbled or something. It was crazy. Prospero's Cave had a cool little area that looked like it could be a bar or something -- inside the caves! That would be cool. The other cave was called Cathedral Cave and it reminded me of something from a sci-fi horror movie. There were cool little caves that you could climb up to and the ceiling kept getting lower. You can also swim in it! So, of course, I had to go swimming in the caves! There was no one around so I just changed right there and while I was swimming some girls that work on the cruise ship came and I had them take photos for me.
Devil's Hole is Bermuda's oldest aquarium and it's natural! It was a cave, and when the wind passed through it passersby would hear a strange howling sound -- hence the name Devil's Hole. It collapsed and formed a natural pool that rises and falls with the tide, and is fed from John Smith's Bay (not Harrington Sound which is waaaay closer). Locals realized that fish couldn't find their way in or out of Devil's Hole, so they used that to their advantage. Originally it was a fresh fishing hole where you could pay to catch any kind of fish you want, but people were more interested in looking than eating. Hence, the aquarium was born. Now it houses the only 5 Bermuda-born Green Turtles and one Hawksbill Turtle named Lady, along with numerous other fish. I took the bus to Devil's Hole and they gave me a tour and let me feed the turtles! It was great. Lady loves her calamari, but the Green turtles would only eat lettuce and bread (they're herbivores). Every time I would put a piece of squid down to Lady, the other fish would come and steal it so it was pretty challenging. Sooo much fun.
I also learned about why Bermuda's famous pink sand beaches are pink: "Parrot fish use their beaks to scrape off coral rock. The fish digest algae and expel the coral as fine white sand. Pink sand is the result of the colorful red shells of tiny sea creatures called "foraminifera". These tiny creatures live beneath rocks and inside caves. Their red shells are broken up by the surf into fine, soft pink colored sand."
From Devil's Hole I walked to John Smith's Bay. On the way I bought banana bread and cookies and found Jacquie's dream home (YeLLoW!). I was feeling extremely tired and homesick by this point so stuff is getting harder to do. I managed to sleep on the beach for about an hour, but everything was annoying me. The sand is so fine that it's insanely hard to get off and it just wouldn't budge. Plus with the incoming storm, the waves are huge and pick up tons of sand so you have to go in really deep before you get to clean water and it just wasn't worth it. So I put on a sweater to cover my sandy arms, which it was way to hot for, and waited for the bus to take me home.
I'm getting tired of all the guys here thinking that "hey babe" is an intelligent pickup line. All the people I've met keep texting me and are using up all the money on my phone so I can't text my mom. It's great that they're friendly but they keep trying to get me to come over or something. I dunno, it's waaay too pushy. I want to meet a normal person my age! I was cranky when I got home, but Tricia had cleaned my room for me (again) which made me feel better. I took a long shower and sat in my air conditioned room eating cookies and all dressed chips and playing stupid computer games. I feel better now. I'm going to be glad to be home though. I had a great day, I just need more rest and water and less sun.