Imagining Bermuda  

© 1998 Shawn Vidmar

  Imagine a place where people whitewash and clean their roofs in order to drink the water which collects in rain barrels after the wet season.

   Imagine house hues in pastels with angles only M.C. Escher could conjure and admire.

   Imagine the blue green Atlantic ocean rising up to the world’s second most isolated island and its north most coral outcrop.

   Picture Bermuda.  

   Bermuda, an island of fun, sun and discovery. If relaxing on the sand, occasionally going for a snorkel, and being treated like royalty is your cup of tea, then by all means, Bermuda should be your next destination.

   The picturesque island rests 650 miles south east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina; therefore an easy flight from the States. But remember it remains its own country, so you will need your passport.

   Originally discovered by the Spanish in the early sixteenth century, the islands remained uninhabited until a ship bound for Virginia sunk on the 150 some on coral rocks, islets, and islands surrounding the main land mass in 1609.  Britain claimed Bermuda under its crown in 1684 and ruled until 1968 whereas Bermuda claimed internal self-government.

   Bermuda, only 20 square miles, remains important for the United States because of its capacity for fresh water. Therefore the US operates a naval and air force base there for refueling and thirst quenching.

   The US is not the only one to take advantage of the beautiful layout of the island. Many cruise ships dock in Hamilton harbor to take on water and allow its passengers a day on the island.

   Since the infrastructure is minimal, and motorists drive on the left hand side of the road due to British rule, the only mode of transportation available for tourists happens to be mopeds.  

Usually the harbor or the hotels will outfit the tourist in a jazzy little machine which maxes out at thirty miles an hour, downhill with a tailwind. Helmets are mandatory and because the roads are so windy and narrow, a brain bucket proves to be helpful in the predictable spill.  

   The Scuba diving is fantastic. The Gulf Stream warms the waters to a comfortable 75-80 degrees. There are many shipwrecks to explore and the tropical fish, with their brilliant colors and markings, go on about their business paying you no mind at all.  

  Other outings consist of crusading around on your moped, finding a pristine beach, picking up a game or two of tennis, finding the best spot to view the sun rise or sun set, and otherwise just relaxing and having every whim catered to.

   The tennis courts are clay and well kept. The island breeze cools the courts so it stays a comfortable 85 degrees out of the water. People constantly hang out at the courts looking to pick up a game, so not having a partner shouldn’t be an excuse to walk away without a match.

   Hotels on the island are luxurious and immaculate. Oftentimes the lobby and greater parts of the hotel structure consist of clean white walls and beautiful marble. Again the amazing pastel colors with white roofs and odd angles — to maximize the water collection— invites the tourist to admire the many architects who designed these island bungalows.

   Imagining a place a beautiful as Bermuda may seem impossible, but visiting there is not. Don’t let the famed Bermuda Triangle dampen your desire to experience the wonder of a glorious sunset, viewed from the balcony of a pub while waiting for your Shepard's pie and enjoying a nice full bodied stout.

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