Sunny Skies, Snorkeling and Swizzles in Bermuda
When we booked a trip to Bermuda over the 4th of July week, my main hopes were for the Royal Baby to arrive while I was in a British territory. Instead of hot dogs and fireworks, I spent the 4th aboard a British boat trying to face my scuba diving fears (spoiler alert: massive failure and the photo of me in a wetsuit will never see the light of day), getting a lesson on Bermudian architecture from a friendly cab driver, and getting a taste of the island’s signature flavors. Upon abandoning the Neoprene for the safety of a snorkel, I checked out the beautiful Bermuda reefs that circle the island. Home to dozens of shipwrecks, the reefs are a home to a variety of coral and fish – some with rather terrifying teeth! On the way back to the hotel our cab driver doubled as a tour guide, pointing out that every building features a white, limestone-washed roof that purifies rainwater (Bermuda’s main source of drinking water) as it runs off the roofs and into underground tanks before it is pumped back into homes and offices. With no natural sources of freshwater on the island, the limestone roofs are a prominent (and quite lovely) contrast to the bright pastel colors that decorate most buildings. Capping off the day, I continued my survey of the island’s namesake Bermuda fish chowder (interestingly, my favorite was served at an Italian restaurant called Little Venice) and Rum Swizzles (a dangerously delicious rum and juice concoction). While it wasn’t exactly a traditional American 4th of July (and alas, still waiting on the Royal Baby) it was a perfect way to spend the holiday week.
- Katy (krosati)
Born in the U.S.A.
What’s better than a 4.5-day long weekend to celebrate the Fourth of July? Spending it at the beach complete with a cooling sea breeze, an outstanding Tiki Bar with incredibly cold beer and the cutest little rocker you could ever imagine. He may look like a young Jimmy Buffet, but he had the stamina of Springsteen. I tip my hat to this coolest of dudes and to an absolutely wonderful break celebrating America’s birthday and the glorious weather. God Bless America and everyone else too.
- Steve (@stevefoley100)
It wouldn’t be the fourth of July in NYC without a crazy fireworks show put on by Macy’s and of course the infamous Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest.
The 97th annual competition is set to take place tomorrow at noon over at Coney Island. Five-time reigning champion Joey Chestnut of San Jose, Ca is a heavy favorite to win. Last year Chestnut threw back an amazing 62 hot dogs! THAT’S RIGHT 62!!!
However, the California native has got some stiff competition. New York City native Tim “Eater X” Janus, Matt “Megatoad” Stonie and Pat “Deep Dish” Bertoletti are a few others who carry some heavy clout in the competitive eating world. And yes, they have some pretty sweet nick names too.
From everyone at the Text100 NYC office, hope you all have a happy and safe fourth!
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