This geography track was for parents only :) We dropped Anna off at my parents’ place in New Jersey and boarded Norwegian Dawn which was sailing for a beautiful island of Bermuda. It was kind of symbolic to be on Norwegian Dawn again – my husband proposed to me on this ship almost 5 years ago on our vacation to Caribbean, and this trip was our belated honeymoon that we couldn’t take 4 years ago since I was already half-way pregnant with Anna.
I really didn’t know what to expect – I assumed that Bermuda will be like Caribbean countries I have visited before, but only the climate was somewhat similar (in the summer). Bermuda is a rather well-to-do country, and it has beautiful towns well connected by public buses and ferries. Nobody grabs tourists by hand and tries to drag them in their store – I would say rather the opposite is true, and some shopkeepers could be a bit friendlier. We took a ferry to Hamilton and walked around a little. The absolute highlight of our trip was meeting an incredibly creative mom and blogger Mary-Ann who writes Counting Coconuts and her adorable (and very serious) son James. They kindly agreed to meet us and even brought an awesome gift package for Anna including this speller. She is really even more charming in real life than on her blog :) We spent a very pleasant time together in Bermuda Botanical Gardens – a very beautiful place. She brought us to this gorgeous mangrove tree that is just built for climbing, and she gave us a lot of good tips about traveling and shopping on the island.
Sadly, we didn’t really get to go to the beach. Both of us were coming down with a bad cold, and our energy level on the last day of our stay was rather low. But Anna had a terrific time at grandparents’ place without any separation anxiety, and now they can’t wait to get their granddaughter back. They already gave us “go-ahead” on any other trips we might want to take in the future. Who knows – we might be back to Bermuda in a year, especially if we can get our friends to join us :)
For more travel stories, geography studies and history lessons, visit history/geography hop that is happening this week at Playing Around.