Tuesday, August 19, 2008

bermuda, shorts

We arrived in Bermuda, tired from a red-eye and overwhelmed by the humidity but thrilled to be there.

(By the way, cankles are the new black. Just saying.)

Bermuda did not disappoint.

We traipsed around the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo, in a heavy rain much like many of my excursions to the Oregon Zoo, except it was a bajillion degrees.

Some of us were forced against our will to try traditions that make us a little queasy. (Greg might choose a new guest next time out for unveiling this knee sock shot.)

We took in natural wonders.

We withstood unrivaled humidity and went on a fascinating historical tour of the Royal Naval Dockyard in Sandys Parish.

We had amazing food: Bermuda Fish Chowder, seafood by the bucketful and English Pub fare. Not to mention my new favorite cocktail of choice, a Dark & Stormy, equal parts rum and ginger beer.

(I've been known to startle a PTA member or two, when I arrive with a Reed's Ginger beer. I love the stuff; it's like ginger ale, only spicier. Why I had never thought to cut it with booze escapes me. I made up for this lack of ingenuity last week.)

I had an amazing time.

And as much as I enjoyed the food, the sites, the history, the resort, the parties, the beaches, the scary taxi rides, the best part of the trip was also the only thing I had worried about: Taking a trip with a large group strangers, well, at least a group unknown to me.

From the time we met up with some couples from Greg's office until we landed again, nearly everyone I met was generous and kind.

Courteous. Funny.

Willing to dive past comparing gas prices, headlong into politics, and religion.

I remember walking through the foyer one night, during cocktails, the walls reverberating with conversation in every language imaginable. The swell of good will was overwhelming, and I can't lie; I got choked up.

It really is an awesome world.

{You can find more pictures from my trip here.}


Shana said...

What a fab trip! From paradise to reality, with a flu... what a homecoming! Hope you're feeling better.

Professor J said...

I do think that, for the most part, people rock. It makes me wonder why the world isn't a better place.

Lisa Milton said...

Shana: I am over the fever & into the coughing phase. Oh well. At least it didn't happen on the way there. And my hubby picked up some Pho, otherwise known as magic soup in my household, so that helped me cheer up.

Prof J: I don't get it either. I guess it has to do with the wrong people rising to power? I did meet a couple of people that gave me a 'you're a stupid American' vibe, but I didn't pay it much mind as others were so generous, inviting us to come to their far off cities to visit.

But that ugly vibe, can't help the world be a better place...

natalie said...

so glad it was a good time!

Mrs. G. said...

It is an awesome world. Keep reminding me, would you?

Great photos-you guys are so cute together.

flutter said...

how fabulous!

This Eclectic Life said...

That sounds so wonderful! I'm so glad you discovered that your fellow travelers were enjoyable, too. Now to try a "Dark & Stormy!"

Stu said...

So glad you and Greg got a chance to get away from the regular world for a while.

Looks like great sweaty fun. Tell Greg he rocks the black knee-high-for-men look. I expect the same when we hit the town next time...

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

It IS an awesome world. It IS!

This is an excellent reminder with photos to prove it.

The Girl Next Door said...

Oh Great photos and so glad you enjoyed it. And you discovered THE best Pirate Drink ever - Dark n stormys. Welcome to the club matey!!!

K. said...

I'm so glad you had such a fantastic time. And you looked gorgeous, too - plus very relaxed and happy.

I hope you feel better soon!

Anonymous said...

I am SO jealous!!! It looks absolutely amazing! I'm thrilled to see that you two had a wonderful time. I'll be anxious to hear more.

Please tell Greg that I haven't laughed that hard in a very long time. Classic!


Claire B. said...

Awesome! Great photos and what a video, too. Thanks for that.

holly said...

totally cool!

what's a cankle?

absolutely everything you love can be made even better with alcohol. it's the way of things.

katydidnot said...

the kneesocks are rad.

Kimberly said...

How lovely! And I love that shot of you and your hubby...that's just the perfect shade of blue on you!

Moxy Jane said...

Aww...I have these moments, too...when it seems possible that we are going in the right direction.

Thanks for sharing your vacation...AND for the clip at the end. I had not seen that and I just love it. So I'm putting it up on my blog.

I hope you're feeling much better VERY soon!

Moxy Jane
Austin, TX

ps...and I love me a Reed's Ginger Beer, too! This "Dark & Stormy" sounds most interesting.

Erika said...

What Britney did for the Catholic School girl look w/ her uniform in "oops I did it again," Greg has trumped in his bermuda shorts & knee highs.

Keep it Greg - its a GREAT look!!!

And B: I am sooooooo glad you are feeling better & the aches/flu/WHATEVER is leaving.. its vacating the premises. Poor thing. Next time can i bring the bagels over to YOU all? What are the favorites of L.&Z.?!

stephanie (bad mom) said...

Wonderfulness, love the pictures and want to hear more stories (I love you graciously didn't mention the Mean People from A Certain Southern Hemisphere Country. Like I just did).

Boom de ya dah.