At 4:30, ten Flagler students came together having slept zero hours, and were ready to conquer the challenges awaiting them in Bermuda. Hearts raced as Dr. Veenstra rolled out diving equipment for identifying fish, reminding us of the exciting opportunities ahead of us. Although their eyes were droopy and crossed from a long night of avoiding sleep, it was evident that they were ready to fully experience the sustainability and marine biology that will undoubtedly enhance their college careers.
We departed from Jacksonville airport, only to arrive in Atlanta, Georgia 39 minutes later. From there, we jumped on the train, rushing to get to the other side of the airport. Our hearts were racing and our feet paced fast to get to terminal E. It was finally coming true, our passports now scanned, Three hours later, we stepped out of the plane and we were greeted by the warm sub-tropical breeze and the Bermudian smiles.
After making it through customs, we jumped out of our taxis, abandoning all of our stresses and apprehensions to absorb the breathtaking sights. Not only were we about to study subjects that we each are passionate about, but we also will be coming home to dazzling views just off our bedrooms.
The supermarket was a wake up call. Ten dollars for Raisin Bran and twelve dollars for watermelon! Due to Bermuda being an island, it has limited resources, meaning majority of goods have to be imported in from other countries. This causes the prices of these goods to be substantially high.
The next stop after the grocery store was to the Aquarium. We put our Caribbean fish identity knowledge to the test. Bluehead, Grouper, and Nurse Sharks, o my! We examined what we will be seeing tomorrow on the reef snorkel excursions , May 17, 2015. We have finally met our Bermuda College colleagues: Gary, Khadishsa, and Josh. We look forward to learning about Bermuda with them.
We were transported to a quaint island off the main island and treated to a home cooked meal, Wahoo, potato salad, pasta, and garden salad filled our famished little tummies. The dining scenery could not be matched and our hosts were more than welcoming while the morning was hazy and mundane, the evening was a night to remember.