We have to say: “Welcome Back!” to our wanderer Emily Ross. She’s been busy getting back into school so….we can cut her slack!
I’m so glad she touched this topic….Bermudians around the world. For such a small island, we manage to get around…..the world. Emily we’re happy to have you back!
I am a disgrace. Apologies, bloggers. I should stop get off of http://kimjongillookingatthings.tumblr.com/ and type my blog that I’ve been planning for weeks.
Wherever you go, you will find a Bermudian. Or someone who knows a Bermudian. Or someone who’s been to Bermuda. Used to work in Bermuda. Their brother married a Bermudian. They like the rum.
We are everywhere. Bristol (where I’m studying at the moment) is overrun with Bermudians. I’ll never forget that day in first year where I ran into three Bermudians in the space of 20 minutes – one in the library, one outside the library and one in the gym (which is next to the library). We all have stories like that – you’re on holiday, escaping the rock…and BAM. Bermudian.
Even studying in Hong Kong, another Bermudian (a very good friend from high school) also was on exchange there at the same time!
In the middle of Times Square in New York, we ran into my mother’s violin student.
In a mall in Hong Kong, a friend’s parents (who used to live in Bermuda) happened to stroll past and spot us in line for the movie theatre.
In Johannesburg airport, of all places!
In the middle of Waterloo Station in London I ran into a family from home who were going to see Rebecca Faulkenberry (another Bermudian, of course!) in a West End show! The friend I was with was not only amazed that out of all the people in London we ran into some Bermudians I knew, but also that we were name-dropping other Bermudians!
So I asked my readers: Where have you unexpectedly run into a Bermudian whilst travelling?
- In London, outside of the Palladium
- In malls in Toronto
- ‘Sitting on Primrose Hill last summer, a man came up to me with a cassava assuming my friends and I wouldn’t know what it was and I was all like “that’s a cassava.” And it turns out after some chat and bafflement that he was Bermudian’
- ‘On my birthday in New Zealand I ran into this guy who’d spent like four summers in Bermuda and knew all of the people who I hang out with…And he was like really close with my brother back in the day.’
- On the stairs at South Kensington tube station
- When a Bermudian friend visited ‘we went to a nightclub near my house and when she was holding out her ID some guy behind us in the queue shouted “BERMUDA BERMUUUUUDAAAA”. Turns out he used to work over there.’
- ‘My brother James was running the Chicago marathon in his Bermuda vest and some girl screamed “WOOOOOOO BERMUDA! I’M A BERMUDIAN!” and they high fived as he ran past.’
- ‘My mum ran into some Bermudians in a Pyramid in Egypt.’
- In a hospital room in Baltimore
– ‘I was serving a woman in the cafe in Highgate woods, and at the end of her meal she saw my surname on the bill and asked me if I knew Paige Hallett, to which I replied, “quite well, actually” [She is Paige Hallett] and we had a nice little chat; apparently she spends half her year in Bermuda and the other in London, and she knows my sister quite well.’
– ‘Have had quite a few Bermudian kids in the cafe. One little boy even dared to tell me that MSA was better than BHS! Needless to say he got a very pathetic scoop of ice cream that day.’
– ‘In accent and dialect classes in LIPA [The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts] I found a Bermudian accent recording on IDEA (an accent database) and played it for the class…Imagine my surprise when I actually listened to the recording. Halfway through the recording I yelled, “THAT’S DEVAUNE!”
- In a market in Florence – ‘Turned out she lived right by the villa we were renting!’
– ‘In La Paz, Bolivia whilst mountain biking down death road.’
- Llunenberg, Canada in a shopping mall. ‘He may have been the only other living person in that town, it was empty.’
-‘One of my favourite customers in the underground, and some random Bermudians I didn’t actually know but got talking to on a bus in New York…’
– ‘Coming out of a chocolate shop in Berne, Switzerland and bumped into one of my sister’s former classmates. It’s the timing that astounds me. We had only stopped to have lunch and to keep on travelling to Beaune in France.’
– ‘Another time was in that venerated establishment, Mickey-D’s, in the wee hours of the morning in Leicester Square, London – when the guy in front of me ordered his meal there was no mistaking the accent. I hadn’t been home in ages at that point and it was music to my ears. We chatted briefly. It was very amusing because he was gobsmacked I recognised the accent as I sounded English to him.’
– ‘In a bar on the side of a mountain in Zermatt, Switzerland! And, to top it off, she was a colleague!’
– ‘In the Vatican!’
– ‘Tube stations in London, of course.’
- In JJB Sports in Manchester
- Eaton Centre in Toronto
- In a Guelph nightclub and at a Guelph bus station – ‘That was super random, being that I only went to Guelph once.’
– At the Olympics in Greece
– At the Commonwealth Games in Italy
– In a variety of pubs in Manchester, Edinburgh
– At an optician’s in London
– At a pub in Euston
– ‘There’s one in my uni course in the year below me. I didn’t realise until a guy from the course came down to Bermuda and I recognised him…and thus discovered a fellow Bermudian law student at Kings.’
– In the Topman shop at Westfield
– UB40 concert in Southampton
– Eaton Centre and Yonge Street in Toronto.
– University of Toronto campus
– In the crowd at a parade in Toronto
– In the Ramada Hotel in Atlanta. ‘Doorman, slight accent, called him out on it.’
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