Thursday, June 7, 2012

I fell in Love with BERMUDA!!! (update)

I know its been a while but I'm still here working and traveling! I just got back from my third trip to Bermuda!!! Ahhhhhh I just LOVE that Island. I wish you could see the smile that suddenly forms every time I say BERMUDA! I get this feeling like I just fell in love with my soul mate and I'm the happiest girl in the world! Yes, that is home of the Bermuda Triangle and I have to admit I was a little reluctant to go there for that reason. My love for Bermuda was born June 3rd 2011. After receiving a call that interrupted the plans I hoped to have for the day I headed to the airport to with a new plan. I announced I wanted to go to an island to spend my birthday. I packed a backpack with a change of clothes a towel and a bathing suit! When I arrived at the airport I noticed the next three island flights scheduled to depart within the hour were to Jamaica (somewhere I'd been before), Turks and Caicos ( a bit on the pricey side for my fare) and lastly Bermuda ( where there's a boat and plane eating triangle). My decision was based on two things a suggestion from a woman I really admire who is the head honcho for my company and my fare was super cheap. For those of you that don't already know I work in the airline industry, so no I'm not rich or spoiled, my job just offers me the best perks! So Bermuda is a British overseas territory in the N. Atlantic Ocean, It's measured at about 25 square miles in legnth. You can drive the whole Island in about 45 
minutes. It is one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen! The water is the most beautiful blue (light and dark), they have pink sand beaches, colorful houses with white rooftops and the people are so friendly and welcoming!

Just before boarding the plane I grabbed a destinations magazine about Bermuda. The only thing I knew about the island was there is a Bermuda Triangle and I could disappear. I read that magazine backward and forward on the 2.5 hour flight. So when I arrived I at least had an idea of a hotel I could stay at and to ask for a Dark and Stormy or a Rum Swizzle when ordering a drink! What I didn't know was how expensive that hotel would be. I arrived at about 3pm (2pm est) after seeing the view from out the window I thought this must be heaven! I got through customs and I saw an employee thinking he may be able to help me find out the room rates for the hotel. This the point where things began to spiral out of control. After speaking with this man and having him call a couple of hotels I realized Bermuda is expensive! We were talking $300 and upwards a night! The man suggested a guest house or I could be a guest at his house once he confirmed with his wife. I was thinking "no way" I don't know this man, that is nice but too nice. So I thanked him, he gave me his number so I would have a contact if I needed help and I was off to customs
Well the customs officer must have been listening to the conversation or I looked suspicious. They assumed that I may have been smuggling drugs into the country. I was sent to secondary customs to be searched. First my bags were searched while I was being questioned. They went through every shred of paper in my purse even receipts. Then I was taken to a back room where I was searched and the drug dog was brought in to sniff around.That was a very scary situation to be in. I knew I was innocent but I started wondering if something had been planted on me. Once they figured out there were no drugs, customs released me into the hands of immigration's. They questioned me about why I had the phone number of the employee I meet earlier and why I didn't have a confirmed hotel room. So they tried to bring him into things and accuse him of doing something wrong. I finally asked to be sent back to the USA, since they had denied me entry to their country. That was not possible because the last flight was preparing for departure. So they agreed to assist me with finding accommodations. After calling a few expensive places someone suggested Brightside Guest Apartments where rooms were available for about $140/ night! So I finally got cleared for entry into Bermuda after over 2.5 hours of questioning!
(update starts here) So I walk out into the warm sunshine of Bermuda take a deep breath thinking "I'm free" and there is the guy I met earlier that worked in the airport waiting to greet me! He was so apologetic for my situation and offered to show me around. That was the beginning  of an awesome friendship. (Note: I do not suggest you run off to other countries and hang out with strangers.) I had the chance to see Hamilton aka Downtown Bermuda, John Smith’s Bay and Park, Harrington Sound, Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo, The Royal Naval Dockyard and the quaint town of St. George. I ate shark, had a Bermudian Snow cone on the side of the road and drank a Dark and Stormy (Bermuda's National Drink)! We went to a reggae concert were Etana a reggae singer from Jamaica was the main act. I hung out in an area called the Devils Hole at the Harrington Workmans Club where everyone helped me celebrate my birthday. It was one of my most memorable excursions yet!

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