Month: May 2008

First Kite-Surf lesson.

This week-end in Bermuda was a long one, because yesterday there was the Bermuda Day, so one more day to stay on the Beach.

Another interesting thing is that I have started my Kite-Surf course!! So in first I want to share with you some interesting photos, not anything amazing but something to start with.

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First thing I can say to you, Man finally I have found some interesting guys where I can talk and stay on the week-end. Also most of them, incredible, are IT technician like me.
There are guys from all the part of the world, for example, one from Sweden, one from England, one from South Africa and more and more …

Let’s start with some information about kite-surf in Bermuda.

Where to play

As you know, Kite-surfer are not well viewed from other tourist or Beach consumer. One of the reason I think is because Kite-surfer stole a lot of space in the beach with their instruments and kites …
Another thing, in my opinion, because kite-surfer run very fast near the beach. But hey guys, I’m here to enjoy!!

So  in Bermuda there are a lot of amazing Beaches where you can take the sun, make snorkeling, but only two for Kite-surfing. The reasons are more than one. First you need good wind direction, Second you need a safe place to land, with no obstacles, no risk to your health, Third you need the only two beaches in Bermuda where Coral are less!

Somerset Long Bay Beach – is the most famous for the Kite-Surfer, at the end of the West cost of the Island in the Sandy’s Parish. Not easy to find, and this is another reason because I like this beach. For more details check the Map.

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Somerset Long Bay

This beach is really quite, with a big place with green grass and trees, so if you want to relax after kiting, you can also take a sleep in this quite place. But not in Sunday where some People come to see the kite-surfers …

Elbow Beach – This beach is not so far from Long bay, but is in the warwick Parish. I have never been there so I cannot give you more info about. I’m really sorry.

Last one, Official School

Hey man, Kite-surfing is not for quite people I think. Also it’s a really dangerous sport if you don’t know everything in the right way. So, in first, you need an official instructor and an official instrumentation to be sure that you will not injury anytime. First – keep safe!

The Official school is Kio and you can go on their web-site and search for a close Teacher to you country.

Here in Bermuda you have to call Simon, is the only official one here, and He’s really cool.

Take care. 

Bermuda and Electricity.

I guys finally I have some time to spent for you.
During this days I was and also I’m too busy so as you can imagine I have not time to blog.

Today I was to the Electricity Society for open my account. So if you are an emigrate you need:

  1. Passport Number and Passport copy
  2. Your landlord near you to sign the contract
  3. Your house contract

In 15 minute the www.belco.bm company will sign you for a new contract.

Obviously because you are a non-bermudians customer you have to deposit 150.00 BDM that they will give you back when you will stop your contract.

But don’t worry about, because in Italy we have this also for Italian Citizens!!

For pay the bill you have more than one solutions, you can pay directly in the Company office, when you receive the bill (I suppose it’s monthly), or you can pay in a ATM or also you can achromatized the process with your bank account or finally you can pay every time via E-banking.

Very nice.

My Experience with Bermuda Customs.

Before starting to this fantastic Island, I have read a lot of forum, blogs and also personal experiences.

Anything was really true. I have prepared a long detailed list in excel format, with all my things inside, also Clothes, Electrical tools, Documents and more …

I have also prepared my suitcases separating every one thing in a Plastic bag, I have divided the suitcases by things typologies (Clothes, Health …) but when I was in the Customs …

First – don`t be aware about Customs, they are friendly, sunniest, and in special case they are very very kind and compressively.

Second – actually in Bermuda the law about import has changed a little bit. I haven`t paid anything duties. Yes now when you come in the Island as a worker, the first time you don`t pay duties so please don`t be aware.

Finally I want to please all stupid people that write fantastic evil stories about Customs to STOP. Bermuda is a fantastic friendly place, people are very kind and also Police and Immigration employees are very compressively with stranger.
I finally can say that I haven`t had problem in the Airport and I am very happy to finally be in a place where stranger are good accepted more than in other European Countries.  

I remember to you for any kind of question go directly to Bermuda Customs web site (search in my old posts), and ask everything you are in doubt.

Have a nice experience to like mine!!

One of the most beautiful Beach.

Sunday I taken my Bike, a 80cc Scooter very fast, and I have taken a tour of the west cost of Bermuda Island.

The Parishes in the west area, the most famous, are starting from Hamilton town, Paget, Worwik, SouthAmpton and the last one that actually I don`t remember.

So because It was 6 o`clock A.M. beaches were completely empty and I had time to take some nice shots with my new camera that my former colleagues has gifted to me.

Behind you can with them and enjoy fantastic Bermuda landscape. I remember you when I will have more knowledge about BM Island I will produce a detailed report of every single island.
But I need also a good scanner to scan the actual color map I have with me to show you the exact position of every beach.

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Finally, I`m there!

Ok my apologies to all my readers but Friday evening I have taken the flight for Hamilton Bermuda, and since today I had not Internet connection in the Guest House, so for me was impossible to write an updated post here.

Finally, I`m here. Today is my first Job day and everything sounds good.
Yesterday I had some time to spent to take a look around this fantastic Island and the only one thing I can say you is, take a look at my first Bermudian Photo>

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What do you think about them?

London Customs, learn from experience.

Incredible. If you remember one years ago there was a terrible incident in London underground for the terrorism.

Since that accident, London Customs has restricted so much their immigration policy and also their Customs rules.

The most incredible fact is that they didn`t accept one of my Portable USB HardDisk of 20 Gbyte. They say that my USB HardDisk didn`t pass their tests and maybe I can carry  inside that HardDisk some danger explosive!!

Ok I can understand their worries about terrorism, and so on, but It`s unbeliveble that in 2008 Customs in London doesn`t have any kind of instrument or tools for check inside an HardDisk.

So DAMM, I lose one of my HardDisk with Data and more … but because I`m a very precise man, I have carry with me 2 with duplicated data, so I lose only the HD but not properly the data inside.

What I love about sell.bm!

Some days ago, thanks to the Royal Gazette article, I have discovered Sell.bm.

This is a fantastic site for your small commerce activity. I’m a Microsoft Senior Dev and also a Database Admin so I can talk with knowledge about techical arguments. So I want to make some point of interest about technical properties of Sell.bm web portal and the reason because for me, you have to try to use it!

  • First one, very good search engine. You can make a really text search and obtain results of what you are searching. So you can make a reseach about arguments, types or by tiping a simple text.
  • Second, you can make an order of the results! Yeah, normally this is not possible but with the Sell.bm’s list items, you are able to do it!
  • Third I like so much that in my lists I can view soon the price and a snapshot of the item, so I’m not forced to open every item to view the photos and also know the price.

For this reasons, I want to give to Sell.bm a +10 for the usability. In the future I will try to use it in a more stressful way, and I will remake a new post about it.

Stay tuned!

Bermuda Immigration, fantastic efficienty!

As many of you know, I’m Italian and I’m relocated in Bermuda.

So I want to talk about the experience of obtain a work permit (temporary, for only 3 months) in Bermuda and what’s happen here in Italy!

In Bermuda you MUST have a work before ask for a work permit and also, you CANNOT ask for it, but your employer must ask for you. In my opinion, this is a very correct procedure, because in this way, Bermuda Government is able to control the Immigration flow. Very good.

What’s happen in Italy? In Italy many people from Africa and also from the South of Europe, come in without a work permit, but as a tourists, or completely illegal. After they are not able to find a job, because they have not a regular work permit for the Italy Government. So what’s happen? They MUST get money with illegal activities, like sell drugs, prostitution and more … So my question is?

Why Italian Government doesn’t learn from Bermuda Government? Maybe here in Italy we may have less criminality and much more ‘Clean’ People.

Another question is, Bermuda is a very small Island with a lot of Immigrant people, but they are able to leave a Work Permit in only 2 weeks!! This is fantastic because this mean that in Bermuda Office everyone make her job correctly and efficiently.

The same problem in Italy is not solvable. For example: I have a friend of mine that comes from Africa, and every year he has to go on the Italian Immigration Office and wait a lot of days, yeah a lot of days, on the street to take his turn to the office. So in those days you can find a lot of immigrant, sleep over the road and wait only to give a document to the Immigration office.

These two reasons make me very happy because now I’m in bermuda and I can stay in a more efficient Institutional Machine.