Just the name Bermuda conjures up wonderful images of pink, sun soaked beaches, people milling about in Bermuda shorts, laying on warm sand and slinging back tropical drinks with exotic names like Lava Flow and Paradise. Bermuda is also a much coveted destination for expats. On the latest podcast chronicles, I interview Glenda Jack about life on the island, and what the current pandemic lockdown has been like from an expat in Bermuda point of view.
Expat In Bermuda Lockdown Life With Glenda
Stunning view of the sea and colourful houses on the island. Looks inviting, doesn’t it?
Where is Bermuda?
Bermuda is located in the North Atlantic ocean. Despite being a British territory, American influence can be found on this gorgeous island as well. Bermuda is not huge by any means, but did you know it actually consists of 181 islands, with the largest one being called the “Main Island”?. Most people probably know of the Bermuda Triangle, the place where planes, ships and people have supposedly disappeared into the vortex.
Having been to Bermuda a few times, thanks to my best friend, a Bermudian citizen, I know what a wonderful place it is and it did not surprise me in the least that Glenda favours this tropical paradise to live and work in. This interview brought back some very nice memories for me, and reminds me that l am due for a another visit :-). It was interesting to find out that this was Glenda’s second stint as an expat in Bermuda, goes to show you how much she likes the island.
Indulging in one of the island’s favourite pastimes. Golf. Drink in hand of course! :-)
Some of the Bermuda expat podcast interview highlights:
Weather in Bermuda (not always sunny as one would think), including the chilly season and being in the hurricane belt.
What island she hails from originally.
What other place she has been an expat in, and why she chose to return to Bermuda.
How life is like on the island.
Cost of Living in Bermuda, and booming organic farming industry.
Her favourite of the three islands she has lived in.
Life during the lockdown in Bermuda and how the government is trying to contain the coronavirus.
What industries are popular for expats still working.
Advice for wannabe expats in Bermuda.
Listen to podcast Episode 7 with Glenda Jack, an expat in Bermuda:
You can find Glenda on her travel blog come with G and on the following platforms:
Yeah! We had some good news yesterday. The entire region of Valencia is advancing to Phase 1 of the lockdown containment. We are leaving Barcelona and Madrid in the dust. Suck on that!!! :-). We move on, along with Malaga and Granada. Some of the things that will be allowed as of May 18 include:
The ability to travel within the province, people who live together can now travel in the same vehicle, up to 9 people.
Smaller shops can open at 30% capacity. Federico and l actually are looking forward to this. You may not know this, but most of us depend on the Chinese bazaars for common, everyday items, especially on Sundays. Things like stationery, measuring cups and tape etc. are just a hop and a skip away because there are so many of them.
Street markets will return, at 25% surface area limit to begin with. The flea markets are very popular with locals. Think bedding, knick-knacks and jewelry.
Bars and restaurants can open the terrace at 50% capacity. We’ve been watching policemen come to mark boundaries in front of little cafes on our street the past few days in preparation.
Hotels can reopen, but common areas are still to be closed.
Gyms can be opened by appointment only for training, and locker rooms closed for now. We likely won’t go back to the gym for a while, even after it is fully open. We’ll stick to our bikes and walking for the now.
You can find the rest of Phase 1 allowances on this page.
No one seems to know when air travel will resume in Spain. Guesses are anywhere from June to December. One thing that seems certain is a 14 day quarantine for anyone coming from countries outside the E.U. I’m not sure why anyone would want to put themselves through that considering how short vacation times are usually. Perhaps for residents and citizens currently away and coming back home.
Wizz Air, a low cost airline will be one of the first ones to resume flying between London, Spain and Portugal. Valencia airport is supposedly open for a minute number of daily flights (no flights show up though when l check online, so l assume they all get cancelled). International flights can only come through Barcelona or Madrid still. We don’t plan on going anywhere soon, so l have not been following that to be honest.
Yeah. It’s easy to see why one would want to live in Bermuda.
This new normal has been eye opening for me and the rest of the world. It’s like when you call the help desk and they tell you to reboot your computer as a last resort for fixing what ails it. The world is rebooting. I honestly can’t say it depresses me or makes me feel deprived. What it has curiously made me miss are the good old nights in Nigeria as a kid. The electricity would be off as usual, and all the kids would sit around telling stories while my mother would laugh her head off as it always centred on her, and how tough she was on us. Fun times.
Living her best life and blogging all about it.
How is life in lockdown going in your part of the world? Are you enjoying the reboot, or are you definitely over it and long for the old normal?
Kemkem Casinelli is a licensed pharmacist and published author of fiction, self-help Ebook and guide to settling in Malta. She is a freelance writer. Currently based in Spain with her husband and 2 adorable beagles. Their frequent travels and foodie experiences are focused on cultural immersion and discovery which is documented on the blog to inspire. Find her travel gear suggestions here. https://nextbiteoflife.com/recommendations/best-travel-gear/