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Bermuda Day 2

semi-overcast 29 °C

Today I slept until 1pm without even trying! I was ridiculously tired. Oh well, I am here to relax. I then took my time getting out the door and didn't leave until 4pm. There was no rainstorm that I noticed, but it was a little windy all day -- which didn't help at all with the heat. I walked down Pitts Bay Road and Front Street and then went and visited the Anglican Cathedral. It is beautiful! I have to go back during the week because the tower was closed and it's supposed to have an amazing view. Then I found St. Theresa's Cathedral Church where Aunt Patty's friend Ed Benson is a brother. I'm going to go to mass there tomorrow so I didn't go inside.

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Pictures: Birds of Paradise flowers, 2 pictures of the harbor in Hamilton, statue in the park created for the slaves freed and given citizenship after their ship crashed at Bermuda, Cathedral, me at Cathedral, 2 pictures inside Cathedral, Thistle House, 2 at St. Theresa's Cathedral Church

Then I walked around behind the church, found a cheaper grocery store and bought rum and grapes, and got terribly lost. I was wandering around at first, thinking I knew which way I was going... but then I couldn't find anything familiar! It turns out that I was going the right way, I was just too far north and ended up walking onto a separate island (they're all really close) called Fairylands. It's the 2nd or 3rd most exclusive neighborhood in Bermuda. There were beautiful houses and scenery and when I started getting hungry I ate my grapes. I ended up traveling up a hill to a dead end with a gorgeous view of the island. Eventually I found my way back around 8pm.

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Pictures: me being very lost, beautiful view, then me posing with Bermudan rum :)

I chilled for a while in my room and then got ready to go out with Sam to the Reggae thing. It wasn't a concert really, it was two Reggae DJs that had gone to high school in Bermuda together and were now semi-famous on the island separately. They were having a sort of Reggae DJ battle, seeing who could play the best songs and be the best host. It was fun. I didn't have to buy a drink all night, which was great! I met a guy who turned out to be a snob who lives off inheritance money in the summer and skis in the winter... meh, they can't all be winners.
Pretty short day since I slept so late -- hopefully there's more to write about tomorrow! :)

Bermuda Facts:
- 123 islands
- 21 square miles
- a volcanic island but there are no volcanoes -- it's mostly limestone (volcano died a long time ago, and was an underwater one)
- over 300 shipwrecks surround Bermuda on the reef that protects it from the ocean
- roofs are white because they are painted with a limestone based paint (it also reflects heat). The rain water here is naturally acidic and lime is an alkali so the roof acts to neutralize the rain water. It is then collected and used as drinking water (since there are no other freshwater sources here).
- Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas have their house here. :)

Posted by mtlewis 19:56 Archived in Bermuda

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