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Bermuda Field Course 2012 :: Daily Report

Day 01 | Thursday, March 08, 2012
Travel to Bermuda and arrival at Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences

Today was an exciting day! We all woke up super early, with very little sleep (if any at all) and met at the Wilmington International Airport at 5:30am. We departed Wilmington about 7:30am for Bermuda via Atlanta, arriving around 2:30pm our time, 1:30pm Bermuda time.  We loaded into the taxis and headed to the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) which is to be our base for the next 10 days. BIOS is in the parish of St Georges on the East end of the Islands and is absolutely beautiful. After we all dispersed to settle in to our rooms, we went exploring. Some stayed on the campus, while others napped or went for a run. On campus, the concrete beach was one of the first sites we came upon. It is interesting to see a beach made of concrete when we are so used to sandy beaches like Wrightsville. Another thing that struck us was that the weather is much colder than expected, but the water is so amazing; the prettiest aqua-light blue! It’s stunning! However, Bermuda beaches do accumulate trash and plastics and it’s really sad to see such amazing waters polluted with this debris.

We all met for dinner and were surprised to get such great food at a field station!  After dinner, we all made the trek into the historic town St. George’s (the town nearest us), which was once the capital of Bermuda.  While walking to town we had to be really careful, always keeping the flashlights in the front. The roads are really narrow and windy here, the cars just buzz by you so fast! When we finally got to the town, it seemed like everything was closed down. We stumbled upon a marina with a large sail boat. The sign said “School at Sea” and there were many students aboard speaking different languages. We stopped to take several pictures of the vessel.  We then found a little grocery store and after making a few purchases headed home. Some of us took some blankets down to the concrete beach and gazed at the stars and the gorgeous moon, while others hit the hay. The view was just outstanding and we all enjoyed one another’s company. Needless to say, it was an amazing day and all of us were so happy and thankful to be here.

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Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)

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Concrete Beach

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Our dormitory!

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Our rooms!

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