you’ll want to get around more independently if you plan to stay awhile. To minimise road traffic, only one car is allowed per household; and you must have a property assessment number to show in order to complete your purchase (proving it’s the only vehicle owned at that site). Expect to pay high annual licencing fees for the right to have a car (upwards of $600). Many expats opt for scooters instead, since they have no limitation number per household and cost about $3,000. Having a scooter eases parking hassles, too; and you can often find good bargains on secondhand rides on emoo.bm. If you’re relocating to Bermuda, you’ll need to get a Bermuda licence (non-Bermudian licences are only valid for rental scooters). The process is straightforward, and you can apply in person at the Transportation Control Department. GROCERIES Supermarkets are spread across the island and are usually open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Most anything you eat here (apart from much of the locally caught seafood, of course) is imported, and you can expect to pay at least twice what you do for groceries in North America and most European countries. MIND YOUR WATER! Water usage on the island blindsides many new arrivals. Since there’s no freshwater source in Bermuda, your roof is the catchall for whatever ends up in your water tank (and thus coming out of your shower and sinks). You’ll learn to use water more conservatively here. You can pay to fill up your tanks if you run out, of course; but if you’ve waited till the last minute to order more during a dry period, it’s quite possible you’ll have to wait. SETTLING IN Your best bet on feeling at home here is by making new friends. Many people who’ve relocated to Bermuda pitch in on volunteer projects, a great way to meet new people and learn new skills. There are many clubs aimed at uniting expats, including American Ladies in Bermuda, L’Alliance Française des Bermudes, Emerald Isle Society, Circulo Hispanico and the International Women’s Club of Bermuda. (continued on pg. 236) Gyuszko/Thinkstock �a;�d;�d;  �b;�c;  �a;�e; �c; Taking eco-friendly matters into its own hands is what makes Bermuda a true gem. Big or small, businesses all throughout the island play an important role in the daily and future functions of the environment. Here are a few of the businesses that are making a green impact. The Rosedon Hotel helped put Bermuda on the map as a top ecotourism destination. The hotel became the ﬁrst on the island to receive silver status in the TripAdvisor GreenLeaders™ Program, which aims at helping a community of more than 200 million travellers ﬁnd accommodations around the globe that are engaged in eco-friendly practices. Water conservation, recycling and implementing solar-powered energy into their everyday routine are some of the little ways this hotel makes a huge difference. Amongst Bermuda’s other green faces is the Bermuda Gas & Utility Company Limited that dedicate themselves to becoming eco-conscious. The company supplies electric stoves, as opposed to traditional gas stoves, that reduce electricity use with a burner that heats speciﬁcally to the size of the pot. �f; c;  �a;b;    b;e;
e;c; c;c; c;  b;  a;e;d;  d;   c;d;  a;  d;  f;b;a; d;  The Bacardí building is also doing its part by focusing on water and energy efﬁciency, as well as implementing a global programme that reduces harmful emissions. The company manages to save some 900 tonnes of carbon dioxide by having wind turbines for energy as a replacement to fossil fuels. Not only are big businesses a part of the commitment, but small ones, too. Take Salt + Cedar, a locally owned beauty business by Andrea Fubler that is dedicated to making natural products for the health-conscious. Products range from beauty items to even small amounts of eco-friendly household items like reusable glass straws to help cut down on plastic waste or food wrap that is coated with beeswax. What better way to help promote an eco-friendly environment than with a little competition? That’s where Rocket Pitch comes in. Organised by the Bermuda Economic Development Corporation, this competition has added PitchGREEN to its categories that focus on eco-friendly ideas and is intended to bring out the entrepreneurs with a knack for saving the environment.