Thursday, May 11, 2006

welcome !!!

We are currently residing & working in Bermuda and with every new place there's so much to tell. Most know that it's a really expensive place to be. Just how expensive? This and all else will be revealed as the posts continue.

Oh and Happy B'day MOM...



Bermuda is composed of approximately 138 islands that are volcanic in origin with limestone caps.

Pink-sand beaches are found only in Bermuda, the Bahamas and a few places in Scotland.

There are 1.8 billion grains of sand in a cubic foot of beach. Each grain weighs 0.0000001 kg.

Over the years, pounding waves erode the bright red skeletons of protozoan foraminifers and the remains mix with other ocean debris, such as coral, white clam and sea urchins. Eventually, the mixture becomes the rose-coloured sand that has made Bermuda beaches famous.

May 24 is the traditional "first swim of the year" in Bermuda.

Bermuda's waters seem to be much bluer than those of other places because of low levels of phytoplankton.

Bermuda bus stops are painted either pink or blue. Pink indicates a bus traveling into Hamilton and blue indicates the bus is heading away from the city.

Bermuda’s typical breakfast is Codfish & Potatoes.

In Bermuda, most Christmas trees are imported from Canada.

Bermuda roofs are made from Bermuda slate and timber. They are whitewashed and collect rainwater into tanks stored under each house. The water undergoes a filtration process with each dwelling having their own water supply.

Car rentals are not permitted in Bermuda. However, transportation is made easy using moped, buses, taxi, or ferries.

Johnny Barnes is a self appointed “Good Will Ambassador of Bermuda’’. Each weekday morning between 6am-10am you will find him standing by the round-about near Crow Lane Park in Paget, waving and greeting travelers going in and out of Hamilton. He has been doing this for over 20 years.

The Gombeys are traditional dancers originating back to the 17th century. They perform with drum and bottle whistles in a fantastic whirl of colour and rhythm. The word Gombeys comes from the African Bantu language and means both rhythm and drum.

Locals predict storms and other severe weather from a unique shark oil-based barometer. The appearance of the oil alters consistently with the changes of the weather. The most logical theory seems to be that sharks are alerted to weather changes by a change in their liver. They will swim to deeper water before a bad storm arrives. The oil used in the home-made barometers seems to retain its ability to detect the weather change by changing from a clear golden color to milky white.

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