Bermuda Trip Blog


Received Mon 5/16/2011 5:05 PM:

So our adventure begins... We both thought that we escaped dorm life for good; but we will be spending the next week in Hobbs Hall at Millersville University. We started classes today for our Atlantic World History class with Dr. Maxwell and Historical Archaeology with Dr. Trussel. The archaeology class should be interesting considering the vast amount of rain Lancaster County is predicted to receive this week according to weather.com. We will be looking for historical objects that hopefully take back to the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries as well as to the oldest housing establishments in Lancaster County. We hope then to connect these artifacts to Bermuda, as Bermuda was and is still known for as one of the world's centers of trade. Our first night in Millersville included some awkward "ice breakers;" we, as well as our fellow honors students contemplated as to why it is called an "ice breaker" activity... we are slowly but surely getting to know all of the students from across the state. :) We are off to dinner, until next time!

Meghan and Kathryn


Received Wed 5/18/2011 10:27 PM:

Half way there, OHHHH living in the mud. (sing in head "Half Way There by Bon Jovi). Literally. Today was filled with worms, mud, some colonial artifacts... not to mention the vast amount of worms that Meghan found "amusing" to tease Kathryn with. (Kathryn's fear for worms/bugs has become known to the entire PASSHE group as well as Dr. Trussel, our archaeology professor). This morning in our Atlantic World history class, we were briefed on Trans-Atlantic trade routes and the African Diaspora (African slave trade). Very interesting, but we shall not bore you with the details on our short blog. Somehow, our discussion followed through with a warning about the barracudas and sharks in the Bermuda reef system... good thing we can swim! We spend our afternoon outside digging holes (see above complaint about mud/rain/worms). Until next time, 4 days until Bermuda (in case you were wondering!) WE CAN'T WAIT!

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Meghan and Kathryn


Received Sat 5/21/2011 9:43 PM:

The group wrapped up the digging portion of our archaeology class yesterday afternoon... but guess what! WE DIDN'T HAVE TO GO! Our group had finished our hole from the previous day (during the pouring rain/thunder/lightning) so we did not have to go back and finish. Instead, we looked and attempted to classify some of the artifacts using books to match the patterns of the chinaware/creamware. It was so interesting to see some of the other artifacts that were found by Dr. Trussel and his crew last summer in Bermuda. We wish we found some of that cool stuff here in Lancaster County. Friday night we had a pizza party... yum! Today we went into downtown Lancaster for a little bit of sightseeing, shopping, and for the Amish market. All the food at the market was delicious. We finished the day up with going to see Pirates of the Caribbean 4 in preparation for our trip to Bermuda. We have been learning about pirates and smuggling in our Atlantic World history class with Dr. Maxwell and we hopefully will be going to see the Manilla Shipwreck in Bermuda. This ship is believed to be part of the slave trade and we had transcribed earlier in the week a protest from the ship's captain to the governor of Bermuda as to why they lost "cargo" and ended up in Bermuda. That's all for now. We are off to write some papers so that we are not stuck doing work in Bermuda. Monday can't come soon enough, we can't wait!

Meghan and Kathryn


Received Thu 5/26/2011 7:14 PM

We have finally arrived in BERMUDA! We flew in over magnificent waters and coral reefs. It was amazing. We can't wait to finally get to go exploring for the next two weeks. We are off to the beach!

Meghan and Kathryn

What an eventful and busy past week! We sure have gotten around the island and we were able to see some great historical sites. Bermudian Day was on Tuesday (our 4th of July) and literally, it felt like the entire island was in Hamilton for the celebration. They shut down the main street of Hamilton and had dancing all day, followed by the parade. We did the cha-cha slide and the electric slide with the Bermudians... they are much better dancers that the PASSHE students. Nonetheless, it was so much fun. We have been exploring Hamilton, Dockside, St. George's and Southampton over the past few days. Don't worry, there has been some beach time mixed in. More to come soon, the internet is sparing at BIOS. Sending our best from Bermuda!!

Meghan and Kathryn


Received Sun 5/29/2011 11:51 AM

We have officially decided we are never leaving Bermuda. We had a walking tour of St. George's on Friday and we visited the State House and St. Peter's Church. Those two buildings are the oldest standing buildings in the British Colonial system. Next up was Fort St. Catherine. This was where the British set up on the edge of the island to defend themselves from attack and they still had the 30 ton cannons sitting in place. It was pretty cool. On Saturday, we ventured by bus to Horseshoe Bay. Absolutely amazing. We can't wait to spend another day there later this week. We have been lounging around today working on our papers and enjoying the views. Until next time!

Meghan and Kathryn


Received Sun 6/5/2011 7:52 PM

After a relaxing weekend, we were off again to a busy week ahead. Our boat trip took on Monday took us all over the island and some of Bermuda's 400 shipwrecks. We even were given the opportunity to swim and snorkel next to the Dixon shipwreck; this shipwreck could be seen from the boat so we knew exactly where to swim. This shipwreck occurred on purpose as the Bermudians were attempting to block the smuggling channel that led inland and in turn, protected Bermuda from attack and unwanted visitors. It was a very memorable experience. One of the highlights was our walking tour of Hamilton on Wednesday. We were given the tour by the town crier and he was full of energy and information. Everyone knew who we were when we were walking around the town with the town crier and it seemed as if he knew everyone too! We ended the tour at the House of Congress where we were able to talk to one of Dr. Maxwell's good friend who also happened to be a Minister in the House. We even got to sit in their seats! Below, you can see Meghan and I sitting with Dr. Maxwell in the speaker of the House's seats and Dr. Maxwell in the Governor's seat. Quite a memory. :)

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Meghan and Kathryn

Our last day was spent in Dockyard for some shopping and lunch at the Frog and Onion pub. We then made our way by bus to our favorite spot- Horseshoe Bay. Kathryn did not let her sunburn from enjoying the last opportunity for going to one of the most gorgeous beaches in the world. It was a great way to spend our last day in Bermuda. Tomorrow we are off to the airport as we make our way back to the states. We are looking forward to sharing all of our experiences with everyone in the fall when we return to Bloomsburg! Hopefully, we will be back to Bermuda before we know it!

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Meghan and Kathryn

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