04.09.2010 - 04.09.2010 29 °C
Today I walked around Hamilton and then went to Par-La-Ville Park (which is right behind The Lemon Tree) because there was supposed to be a Saturday Gombey presentation. Gombey's are the traditional cultural dancers of Bermuda: "The gombey dance is an iconic symbol of the Bermuda, mixing elements of British, West African and indigenous New World cultures. Dancers are usually male, and perform in groups of 10-30 in wild masquerade costumes with brilliant colors and odd angles, meant to evoke the plumage of tropical birds; they are sometimes based on Bible verses." (Wikipedia) But because of all the hurricane threats and the possibility of rain, they cancelled. I did see a guy playing this cool metal drum/string thing and someone dressed as a town crier. The park was beautiful. Then I went for lunch in this dark restaurant in the basement of a mall -- it sounds bad, but there were really good reviews online. It was amazing! And good prices too!
After lunch I took the ferry to Dockyard and did some last minute souvenir shopping and then went to Snorkel Park Beach because there was free admission today. It was beautiful. It's a pity there was like no one there. It was very touristy and developed, with a bar right on the beach and cabanas and tables and tiki torches and pedal boats and seados for rent. Kinda crazy actually. But still really cool, and it was right along the outside of the Royal Naval Dockyard keep so it was walled off by a cool old limestone wall. I spent the whole day sleeping and reading on the beach. It was great. I finished my book, went for a good long swim, and then headed out into Dockyard for another walk around. I love Dockyard, with the Craft Market and cool pubs and glass blowing studio... and the ferry ride.
I took the ferry at sunset back to Hamilton and I have never seen such beauty. That was my farewell, watching the sun set over the island and feeling the ocean breeze for the last time. I tried to capture it in photos but nothing compares. In fact, I don't think anyone saw what I did. I love Bermuda and this experience has been life changing. So there I was sitting in a corner of the upper deck watching the scenery, crying, and taking pictures like crazy -- I hope I remember that feeling. Goodbye Bermuda. Thanks.
After getting home and freshening up I decided to go out. I went to a bar on Front Street called the Pickled Onion and decided I was going to turn away every guy. I pissed off a lot of people doing that -- but I had an awesome night listening to live music and dancing with myself. i had a crab and spinach dip when I first got there and enjoyed people watching as the bar filled. The live music was a group from Toronto that plays there every weekend night. They play popular songs with a drum and synth background and then the guy plays guitar and they both sing. It was really fun. Didn't get to bed until 4am though!