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reebok
5/15/2021 11:20 EST

Dear all,
First of all, thank you for reading this post. I have a ton of questions, but I will ask a few, we can exchange contact info in PM and proceed if anyone is willing to ofc.

Back to the topic - I am offered a job as a software support tech, and was given 75k a year plus bonuses, no retirement plan and some deductions included into the price.
My questions are:
1. Will this be enough or it will be a struggle? I calculated out that 5.83333 a month, minus all the obligations towards the country could leave me with somewhat around 5100, will that be a struggle on a monthly basis or not?
2. What is it to be a smoker in Bermuda, are cigarettes really expensive?
3. How expensive is it to go a dental office, because fortunately I am pretty much a very healthy person with no history of genetical diseases and problems?
4. What is the lifestyle like, is it hard to get around, meet new people or have a night life (at a bare minimum at least, meaning - I don't want to spend my life going to work and home and that's it)?
5. My girlfriend wants to join me, she has a PhD in linguistics and I want to put my blood, sweat and tears into bringing her over. Any ideas who to reach out to for a job position, or an agency, because she is willing to accept as many offers as possible just to get closer to me?
6. How hard is to get a bike and go from my job to my house regarding a distance of let's say - 10 kilometers? How smart of an idea is that, is weather really harsh or 95% of the time being sunny and warm?


And yes, the main thing missing in these questions that I wanted to leave for the very bottom of the topic - I should reside in Hamilton.
Sorry for typos and misspellings, and thank you all kindly in advance for responses and reading all of this! (:

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scottoy
5/16/2021 07:45 EST

If your white person, then Bermuda will be fine. Local black people have sold out for the dollar. Government so corrupt so bend over allow rich whites from USA to buy property

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Skater1005
6/5/2021 21:57 EST

Reebok:

I'd like to help you out.

I am a mid-life American white woman . I moved to Bermuda in 2015-16 to teach Pilates and to set up a studio partnership with the Bermuda Cancer Centre as I specialize in post-operative, restorative breast cancer remediation. I won't mention any names.

To answer your questions:

1. 75K is enough for two people to live on. In fact, I believe it is illegal for an ex-pat to accept a job paying less than $60K. I could be wrong about that but I don't think so. IResearch this bit. My employer meant for me to live on less than half of that. But this isn't about me.

Check for rentals on EMoo Bermuda BEFORE you move. Expats cannot buy property under $1M.

Food is ridiculously expensive. I am a 110 lb female and I was hungry, I mean hungry, incessantly, in perpetuity. Check out grocery store flyers for food and personal care product prices.

2. Smoking - I don't know.

3. Health - Fortunately, I too, am healthy so I cannot advise you on this topic. There is social insurance (health insurance) to which your employer contributes, to which you may be asked to contribute as well. Ask. Make sure all details are delineated in your contract BEFORE you move.

4. Lifestyle - BORING with a giant capital B. Hamilton closes at 6 PM. Some of the bus lines discontinue service mid-afternoon. Last ferry - 8PM. Bermuda is very married, couple-y, conservative.

And before anyone makes assumptions, about a middle-aged, fat and spoiled ,American, I am a model and former television/film actor. In other words, I am not shy nor unattractive. And while my fellow church parishioners were lovely and Bermudians as a whole were gracious, helpful, warm, and friendly, I made no real friends.

Oh sure, there were always the Portuguese men at the bars offering up threesomes, but in that I wasn't interested. I had never been so lonely.

The Bermuda Musical and Dramatic Society saved my soul. Saved my sanity. They were wonderful to me.

http://www.bmds.bm/

Also Alliance Francaise.


5. Girlfriend and employment - It is illegal to look for a job in Bermuda. One needs to have a job before moving to the island, with a work permit in hand paid for by his or her employer. The work permit is valid for three months at which time it is subject to review renewal by your employer. You at the mercy of the Bermudian government. If your job doesn't work out (mine did, I left voluntarily) , you must leave the island for a duration of time (google Bermuda employment laws), and start the process all over again. Your girlfriend can work on the internet, however.

6. Bringing a bike - No! I regularly rode my bike to my studio on the west side of Chicago, and I am telling you, Bermuda is scary on a bike. Impossible, actually. There are three main roads in Bermuda - all of which are two lane opposing traffic just wide enough to accommodate a Mini-Cooper, Nissan Figaro or Fiat. There are no shoulders - just walls.

I have attached one random road photo. Google earth Middle and South Roads. Motorist fatalities are common.

Subscribe to the "Royal Gazette"and you will learn all about the real Bermuda.

I loved my time there, but beware....

Good luck to you.

Skater

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XBDA
2/18/2022 09:16 EST

1. Will this be enough or it will be a struggle?- If you live by yourself, you should be OK. Expect to pay about half your salary in rent for a halfway decent place.
2. Are cigarettes really expensive? Yes. Everything is expensive. Without income tax, import duties and excise account for a huge percentage of the government's budget.
3. How expensive is it to go a dental office,? Very expensive.
4. What is the lifestyle like, is it hard to get around, meet new people or have a night life (at a bare minimum at least, meaning - I don't want to spend my life going to work and home and that's it)? A lot of single people drive scooters, since cars are expensive, the island is small and the bus service is sparse at night. There is a night life only during tourist season, and even then it attracts an older crowd; the best way to be social is to join a sports club or hobby group.


5. My girlfriend wants to join me: - that might not be easy, as you generally need qualifications that no available "Bermudian" has to get a job. The best thing to do is get over there, start working, and then use your connections to try to dig up something that might suit her.

6. How hard is to get a bike and go from my job to my house regarding a distance of let's say - 10 kilometers? - if you mean a motorbike (or scooter), that's what a lot of people do. In the winter it is quite windy and rainy, but still motorbike or car is the easiest way to get around (even though "road rash" is quite common among inexperienced drivers).
If you mean pedal bikes, that depends on how good you are. Bermuda is very hilly and the roads are narrow. It took 5 years for me to become brave enough to take on Bermuda roads by bicycle, and I lived only two miles from work. Even then, it was kind of dangerous and physically strenuous, and in 85 degree weather at 90% humidity, I didn't smell great when I got to work.

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