We've been home from the Stampin' Up Bermuda cruise for a week and I think I'm still waiting for someone to deliver delicious meals (and clean up all the dishes) and make up our bed. (Not to mention putting great gifts from Stampin' Up and towel animals on our bed each night!) We were so pampered on this annual Stampin' Up reward trip.
When I became an SU demonstrator more than 10 years ago, it was just for the discount on stamps and I never even thought about earning the cruise. But once I did it the first time (when SU announced an award cruise to Alaska!) -- then I realized it was not that difficult. We've always taken our kids on cruise before, but this time they visited with relatives and just Bill and I had a relaxing week sightseeing and exploring this delightful island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. It's so easy to get around -- very safe and reliable public transportation system.
We both fell in love with the beauty of Bermuda and would love to return with our kids for a family vacation. It is such a relaxing place. Here's a look at the downtown waterfront of the island's largest city of Hamilton. This photo was taken from the ferry -- part of that public transportation system that you can access so easily. We each bought a $35 ferry/bus pass that was good for unlimited use for the whole 4 days we were docked on Bermuda's west end.
There is so much to explore around the island and so much to learn. Because Bermuda sits atop an old volcano, there is no underground source of fresh water. That's why all the homes have pretty white roofs in a graduated terrace style designed to catch the rain water and funnel it into a cistern system for filtration. I remember my grandmother having a cistern in north Florida when I was very little, but to see an entire island run that way was very neat.
We did a lot of walking tours and climbed to the top of the Gibb's Hill lighthouse. (You could even go outside on the little circular perch at the top, which Bill was brave enough to do and I decided just sticking my head out was good enough!)
The weather in Bermuda this time of year is pleasant but is NOT tropical beach weather. The temperature was in the high 60's and low 70's and there were a couple of windy days that made it feel a little chillier. But the views were all spectacular and the beach that we visited did have that classic Bermuda pink tint to the sand.
Of course I did get to stamp on the cruise and take part in some great swapping. I will post some stamping projects soon -- in the meantime, I hope the beauty of Bermuda has inspired you to create something beautiful and thank you to all my great customers and demonstrator team members who of course play such a huge role in helping me earn this wonderful vacation.