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Bermuda

1908

In 1908, Mark Twain visited Bermuda’s Crystal Caves.

The group in front of the National Museum of Bermuda. Commuters 4/C Sasha Alves and 4/C Grace Jensen taking field pictures of vegetation on the Jobson’s Cove/Horseshoe Bay. Horseshoe Bay is 775 miles away from Boston.   Hey, everyone! Today was a very educational day here in Bermuda for our cadets. We woke up to an incredible smell wafting from the mess hall (where we eat our meals): FRENCH TOAST! Mukesh is our chef and he has been absolutely amazing with serving our meals that provide us energy to get through the day. After breakfast, both cohorts loaded into buses that took us from BIOS in St. George’s, which lies at the north side of the main island, all the way to the…
This morning I woke up very tired from the long day I had before. Our schedule for the day was to go to the National Museum Of Bermuda and then to the beach. After visiting the museum I was able to go shopping and got some cool new shirts. But I have to say that the beach was the best part. The views from the tops of the rocks were amazing. The water was so blue and clear. I have never seen much like it ever before.     
  My name is Katie Gillis, and I'm a 4/C cadet from Mattapoisett, Massachusetts. Today was by far my favorite day, although it just keeps getting better and better! After breakfast, we made our way over to the National Museum Of Bermuda (on the opposite end of the island), and even though it took a good hour, looking out the window made our time so fast since almost everything here is different than my hometown, and probably some of yours. The houses are colorful, with pinks, blues, and greens. When I was little, I always wanted to paint my house like a picture, never understanding why we had such boring colored houses. You can imagine how excited I get when I see a hot pink or…
  My name is Grace Calvert.  I am a 4th Class Cadet from Windsor Massachusetts. We started our day off with a bus ride to the Bermuda Museum. Here we participated in an exciting scavenger hunt that led us all around an abandoned war prison. After this we had some leisure time to explore the local area. Sadly most of the shops were closed due to it being the off season here on the island. After our little escapade, we took the bus to Jobson’s Cove where we learned all about what makes the sand pink and what goes into making a sand dune. After our lecture on the beach we were allowed some time to go off and explore the area. Most of us chose to go swimming in the beautiful aqua…
My name is 4/C Henry Mattson from Rockport, Massachusetts. Today was our first day to go diving. I made my way down to the dock where the research vessel was tied up. Once at the dock, we all slipped into our wet suits and headed off to a small island called Nonsuch Island.  The boat ride over was gorgeous. We were able to see the landscape of the St. Georges Parish of Bermuda. Every single house is painted a different pastel color and the water is light blue and crystal clear. We passed tall cliffs of crumbling limestone and sunken boats which fell victim to the last major hurricane.  We arrived at a small, protected inlet to Nonsuch Isalnd which accompanied a shipwreck, brought over…
Today we started the day by waking up at 0730 and getting breakfast. My roommates, 4/C Tuttle and 4/C Vaughan went to change into our SCUBA gear and joined the rest of our group on the boat for our trip to Nonsuch island. The views were so crazy - all the different colored houses and very interesting.  All of the roofs on the house were white and the water was the color of blue Gatorade.  Literally stunning and unrealistic. We arrived at Nonsuch Island and jumped into the water near a shipwreck.  We saw many fish such as the blue parrotfish and a lion fish. It was crazy.  Then explored the island and saw many different bird species and lizards, such as the skink. We got back on the…
Today I woke up early to pack my bag for a hike. A hike that took me through limestone caves and past cactus topped with fruit. This hike was just a warmup for my favorite activity of the day…. snorkeling. We started just swimming to the dock of the Nonsuch Island (used for reservation of the species originally found in Bermuda.) This island contained three habitats; a naturally formed beach, a lowland Bermudian jungle, and a brackish water pond. What was crazy about this island is that it looked much different than the mainland because it contained all indigenous (naturally found in Bermuda while, not being brought to Bermuda by humans or birds) species to Bermuda. After the island we…
  Welcome back, mates! Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory so there are lots of folks here with British and Irish accents. Many folks we meet are originally from Bermuda, like many of the BIOS staff, but many come to summer here from all over the UK, Australia, and America. Today was our group’s first day truly immersing ourselves into the ecosystems of the Bermudian island. To make the trip easier on the ecosystems and for traveling purposes, the two cohorts split up for adventures each day. For example, today, Cohort A went to Spittal Pond in the morning and Nonsuch Island in the afternoon while Cohort B did Nonsuch Island in the morning and Spittal Pond in the afternoon.…
Nonsuch Island       Hello, Followers!  For our second day here in Bermuda, the cadets got to visit two different sites with different activities.  My group first went to Spittal Pond after breakfast.  There, we were introduced to a man named Dready, who commentated our hike.  He described many different plant, animal and fish species that are on the islands of Bermuda.  When we got to the edges of the cliffs, the views were absolutely BREATHTAKING!  After our 2-mile hike around the gorgeous area, we were bussed back to BIOS and ate lunch.  Following that, we gathered our snorkel gear and loaded the Henry Strommell vessel to cruise over to Nonsuch Island.  Like I said before,…
Today our group got together and visited a nature reserve called Spittal Pond. This nature reserve had many invasive species of plants and animals, as well as a mix of natural endemic species natural to the island of Bermuda. Our tour guide, Dready, was able to point out all of the unique plants and animals. For example, Dready pointed out the leaves of an allspice plant, whose berries are used to make the same allspice used in cooking. When the leaves are broken, they have a strong smell of cinnamon and nutmeg. It was great to see everyone in the group getting immersed in the local ecology, whether it was a bush with colorful edible berries or a speedy lizard crawling over the jagged…