In the grand scheme of things relocating to Bermuda was not stressful; however, life turned out to be very different from the Wiltshire villages I had frequented in England. Four years ago the opportunity arose for me to take a teaching post here, and feeling stale at my old school and in need of a change, I jumped at the idea.
The infrastructure of life when you first arrive is easy to set in place, even if Bermudian work ethics demand a half-time pace; I had to learn to accept a slower way of getting things done. Personally, my friendships have cemented, and my constant desire to write to friends and family at home gradually wore off - hardly anyone writes back! After the first year I felt I knew my way around the place and the people, and the travel opportunities for the States and South America are so accessible. The true sense of a multi-cultural environment is expansive, and yet the socio-political challenges of this unique society are still present. I've grown in my understanding of others and myself while living here; was this because of Bermuda or just the wisdom of experience that comes with age? No matter - this is a great place to learn.
The difficulties that stand out are that it took time to establish important relationships, and the most enjoyable aspect of moving here is learning about the mixture of Bermudian, American, Canadian, Caribbean and British culture.