Hamilton Second Day

Last night, we ate in the main dining room. The arrangement of tables for two is, in places, awkward. Most are close to tables for four. so you actually have a table for six with a narrow space dividing it 4 to 2. There is a row of single tables for two inside the entrance and to the right, but if you really want privacy, ask for table 35. It’s on the stern wall with good separation from other guests. The dining room itself, even when filled, has a low noise level and conversation is no problem.

We met the head chef when he joined Journey last August. His goal was to make the cuisine innovative, delicious, and visually pleasing. He’s reached that goal and still improving. There are some choices on menus that the waiter will describe as a new dish. What fun to experiment! All I can say is the food is very, very good; some of the best we’ve experienced at sea. My tender and succulent game hen last night was head and wing above any others I’ve tasted.

A word about Bermuda. There’s a lot of traffic on Front Street.img_2473.JPG

One of the reasons there are so many motor scooters in Bermuda is the legal limit of one car per family. And when you drive either, go any faster than 22 miles an hour, and you will be ticketed. The Bermudan dollar is equal to the US dollar, but Bermudan money is not accepted on board the ship so always ask for change in US dollars. Prices are close to US prices, but there is no tax.

This morning’s rain faded to partly cloudy, and I awoke with a dull ache in my lower left jaw. Nevertheless, it was straight to Flanagan’s for their Bermuda style breakfast. Two eggs, two fishcakes, avocado, banana, and tomato, all fried, plus french-fries.img_2472.JPG

Because we slept late, this served as lunch. And were we to be here tomorrow, I’d be heading back to my Irish Pub, owned now by native Bermudans, and except for Guinness on draft, quickly slipping away from the influence of Leprechauns.

My jaw pain worsened during the day, and I asked the man handling Guest Services if the ship knew a dentist in Bermuda, after all they’ve been spending 3 days a week here for months. I was told to go to the medical office which would open at five, and maybe the doctor could direct me to a hospital that had a dentist. I suggested that he call the Port Agent and check with him. He said he had to ask his colleague who was at lunch, but he’d call me.

We waited for a bit by the cabin phone, and then Michael suggested we Google dentists in Bermuda. Calling one, we were referred to a number for tourists, and within moments I had an appointment for 2 PM with Dr. Alfred.

The cab driver said most tourists didn’t go to that side of town,img_2477.JPG

but six dollars later we arrived at the office.img_2476.JPG

In a short time I was ushered in to the chair and Dr. Alfred started to probe. Since the pain was general in the lower left, the best he could come up with was that I had been grinding my teeth in my sleep.

Dr. Albert said, “You ought to see a dentist about this.”img_2474.JPG

He then said, “There is no charge for this, just spend a lot of money on the island.” Michael smiled

He prescribed a pain killer…Advil in comparison, and $6.00 later we were back in town.

As there was no charge for his service, and Michael and I think that dentists rotate to deal with tourists. With socialized medicine they are not set up to take money directly, or something.

This, our last day in Hamilton, gave Michael “this is the last day I can ever shop” jitters, but a few bags of stuff calmed her down img_2478.JPGand it was back to Journey for another sumptuous dinner.

A phone message awaited us in the cabin. If we wanted to make a dental appointment in Bermuda, it would cost $300 plus whatever the dentist charged us. I guess there are some set up to take money.

We sail at 8:30 Wednesday morning. Our southwesterly path will parallel that of the northeast track of Tropical storm Noel. We should pass sometime late tomorrow night about 50 to 100 miles between us, unless Captain Smith makes a detour.



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