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Bermuda Field Course 2011 :: Daily Report

Day 07 | Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Twilight fell last evening , and we began studiously working through the night on our papers due today, until one of our crew got an eerie feeling while in the dimly light main lobby.  Was it the wind?  Or maybe the stillness of the night? Certainly, the once asylum – now the main BIOS building - has ghosts.  Suddenly, Dr. Lema walks into the study room and managed to spook the students even more when he asked: “Have you heard any banging sounds?” Needless to say, we pack our bags abruptly, got out our flashlights, and made a mad dash back to the safety of their dorms on the other side of campus.

Morning.  We all survived the night.  But the effects of the Bermuda Triangle continue to take their toll on our computers and cameras.  There have been numerous accounts of Windows operating systems failing, computers randomly shutting down, and brand new cameras failing to charge.  On a positive note, breakfast was d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s.  After spending the morning finishing our assigned papers that were due that day, we took the afternoon off to walk to the old town of St. George’s.  St. George’s is the kind of place where everyone knows each other, and the shop owners are very friendly.  However, walking there was like playing a game of ‘Frogger’ — and at the extreme level.  We crossed the road multiple times in order to see whatever bus was headed our way on the narrow bends.  (For the parent’s out there…please note this is an exaggeration!)  As we toured the town some of us found rum cakes while others found cheese fries.

Dinner back at the BIOS station began with a dandelion seed that landed in Reene’s milk.  It floating around all of us before it plopped down directly into her drink…the same glass a fly flew into earlier.  While describing how it chose her, Reene managed to knock her entire glass into her lap.  Oh yeah…did we mention we are running out of clean clothes?   Water shortages on the island, since their water is largely from the collection of rainwater, has led to the laundry at the BIOS station being closed until it rains more.   

As twilight falls on our 7th day in Bermuda, we sum up the day as a collection of ghosts, cheese fries, spilt milk, and  - oh yeah - we finished our field study reports.  We are all done with our papers (early we might add!) and looking forward to a day of fish studies tomorrow. And finally we will have dry wetsuits and towels to use…

UNCW student Heather and Southampton students working on their field study reports
UNCW student Heather and Southampton students working on their field study reports


…and yet more work on field study reports
…and yet more work on field study reports

The road entering the town of St. George’s
The road entering the town of St. George’s

Unfinished cathedral in St. George’s
Unfinished cathedral in St. George’s

Yummm…cheese fries!  Jenn and Renee enjoying a treat in St. George’s.
Yummm…cheese fries!  Jenn and Renee enjoying a treat in St. George’s.

 

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