One of slightly annoying side effects of living somewhere with high humidity is condensation on cold drinks. I don’t mean just a little bit of condensation around a glass, I mean pools and pools of water that you need a towel to mop up. Every time you go to take a sip of that cool white wine you get a lovely drip or puddle in your lap or down your top. Don’t bother owning nice coasters here, as they just get ruined! But it’s all about adjustments and I’ll take the condensation and warm weather over a cold winter any day (though maybe ask me that again this time next year).
A big adjustment moving to Bermuda has been getting used to the cost of some fruit and vegetables that you’d take for granted back home. Take apples for example. An apple will cost you more than US$1 here – per apple! And they may not even be good…. Oranges are much the same. So my daily apple consumption that I used to enjoy in NZ is no longer. Nothing much is grown here because of the size of the island and lack of fertile soil, so many of the things you’d typically associate with a sub-tropical island (mango, pineapple, melons) are imported. That said we try to eat as much local produce as possible when it’s available.
Every Friday I’ve been buying freshly caught local fish off the road side vendors (this is only available on Fridays and I have no idea why). It’s been a great way to sample some different fishes like Bonita and Amber Jack and trusty faithfuls like Snapper and Wahoo. I only wish they had this available more days during the week as strangely it isn’t as easy as you’d think to buy locally caught fish for your own consumption – only some of the supermarkets offer this while others I can only assume chose to import so they have a consistent supply.
One of this weekend’s outings was to a spot called Blue Hole Park and Tom Moore’s Jungle which is situated on Castle Harbour. In this 12 acre nature reserve, you’ll find lush greenery and walking trails leading a system of ‘hidden’ caves with stalactite and stalagmite formations and water holes amongst the ‘jungle’ that you can swim in! (I have said ‘jungle’ in inverted comas because this is not a typical jungle – it’s really just a dense, lush nature reserve with gorgeous greenery and almost dark clay like soil.)
Some of the caves are interconnected and are super duper deep with the clearest water and others you can walk right through (you definitely need a torch!). Apparently the longest is around 200 metres long but is no longer open the public. You do need to get a bit lost off the main trails to find the caves though which is half of the fun. It’s awesome that so much of this seems untouched and there were very few people out exploring them.
Other than loads of fish in the bay as part of Castle Harbour where we went for a swim on the edge of the park/jungle (there’s a cave there too) and a Longtail bird nesting, we didn’t get to see much nature with the exception of many a little gekko roaming the ‘jungle’ and some even stopping to pose for a photo. Maybe next time we’ll spot more of the bird life too.
Kiwi in Bermuda