Wednesday, June 9, 2010


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 June3_Bermuda2kindly 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.


Kylie said...

Isn't it just so much fun to meet blogging friends in the flesh!

Christy said...

I love Counting Coconuts - it's great that you got to meet!

It's too bad you got sick. That's a bummer.

My husband and I went to Bermuda for our fifth anniversary. I loved it. I would love to go back.

MaryAnne said...

That's so cool that you got to meet up with another blogger! Bermuda sounds like a neat place to visit, and I'd love to go on a cruise someday. And how exciting that both Anna and the grandparents had so much fun together!

Mari-Ann said...

Aw, thank you for your kind words! And you're right, James was quite serious that day. As soon as we dropped you off he was chatting up a storm - go figure! :)

It was such a pleasure to meet and spend time with you and your husband. Definitely a treat for me to enjoy some adult conversation! :)

I'm thrilled to know Anna liked her gift, too.

It's so unfortunate that you weren't able to get to the beaches. Now THEY would've been the highlight of your trip for sure! Perhaps next time.

Speaking of which, please be sure to let me know if you come back again next year. We'll have you and your husband over for dinner.

I hope you're feeling better!


Jennifer @ The Toy Box Years said...

Very cool that you got to meet a fellow blogger -- let alone CRUISE with them!! Hope you're feeling better!

Aging Mommy said...

Bermuda sounds lovely - and you got to meet a fellow blogger!

Ticia said...

Sounds like a great trip, and what a fun place to visit.

I hope you're feeling better!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

What a great sounding trip, minus the colds. I'm glad Anna did so well. The few times we've left the children with their granparents, even for an evening, we've been greeted by frantic folks at the door, running for their car when we arrived home - I don't think a cruise is in our future, for a few years yet.

Of course, I'm still trying to figure out how someone can be half-way pregnant - I was always pretty well totally pregnant from conception on :)

And, thanks for the honor of letting me guest post on your blog - it was fun! I'm glad your back.

Debbie said...

I was chuckling and wondering the same thing as Leah, how someone could be half way pregnant.

Glad you had a great trip and got to meet a blogger friend. Sorry both of you had to get these colds and couldn't take in everything like the beaches.

That is so nice that Anna enjoyed her visit with her grandparents. I think Selena would do fine in these conditions too, but we would definately have a little girl in tears and lots of hugs when we returned.

Julie said...

It sounds like a wonderful trip despite your colds. Very exciting to have met a blogger on your travels! And I am so glad to hear that Anna did so well with her grandparents. Hopefully you will be able to make annual trips as a couple now!

Joyful Learner said...

We missed you while you were away! But what a great trip! How wonderful to meet a fellow blogger in Bermuda. Now, I have to consider Bermuda one of our future destinations. Hope you are feeling better soon. As for the half way pregnant comment...were you pregnant at your wedding? I got pregnant a month after our wedding and never got a chance to go on a real honeymoon by ourselves. We did a babymoon instead. I am not sure when/if we would ever travel alone again though...maybe when she's in college? ;)

How fortunate that Anna has grandparents that love to take care of her! While we have grandparents nearby, they are much too busy to watch her for more than 2 hours.

Elise said...

As soon as I read that you went to Bermuda, I thought of Mari-Ann. It is wonderful that you got to spend time together. Good on you and your husband for taking your belated honeymoon. Troy and I went away for only three days for our honeymoon. I regret that we did not take longer and we want to have a second (and longer) honeymoon. This is soemthing we will definitely do.

I hope you are now well again. I know eactly what you mean about flying with a head cold. We went on a domestic flight when I had a nasty cold. I though my head was going to split open on the descent. I could not hear for three days after the flight, I was worried that I had done permanent damge to my ears, thankfully I had not.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

What a wonderful trip, and sounds like Anna had a great time with her grandparents too! I'm so glad you're back -- I missed you! xoxo :-)

Hope you are feeling better soon!!!

Adriana said...

I have been without a computer for a week so I am just getting caught up. Sounds like a wonderful trip! We never got a honeymoon either but Bermuda sounds lovely. How neat that you got to meet Mari-Ann! Let me know if you are ever in Dallas. :)

Pathfinder Mom said...

So glad that you had a good time, but boo on getting sick. Cruise ships are about the worst place to be sick since the bathrooms are so tiny!