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Chewstick features in Huffington Post blog

North Hamilton hot spot Chewstick was recently highlighted in a Huffington Post blog.

Freelance journalist and photographer Olivia Rose said she’d travelled to the Island to visit family on multiple occasions, but only recently discovered “Bakatown”.

Acknowledging the Island’s difficult economy and gang culture, she said: “It was obvious for me to see that a place like Chewstick is a shining example of exactly the kind of attitude Bermuda needs to adopt in order to instigate change.

“Even it’s aesthetic on the street, the freshly painted red walls of the building and happy-looking-rainbow-coloured seating and artwork out front, grab your attention on a run-down road that looks sort of depressed in every other direction.

“It says: ‘HEY. STOP. LOOK. SMILE.’ And that was the feeling I got when I stepped out of the car that night. I felt like I was at home not because it looked the same as London, but because I can relate to that feeling.”

She said Chewstick was more than a bar. It was a classroom, a recording studio, a forum for discussion and a symbol of hope.

“It really is a very strange and wonderful little place, full of characters and faces that you can’t forget if you have your eyes open and the balls to leave your tourist guides and preconceptions behind,” she said.

“There’s an urban underbelly here that is licked with tropical sunshine, a sense of community you won’t find elsewhere and a wealth of natural beauty to be found off the beaten track.”

Useful website: www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/olivia-rose/bermuda-travel-guide_b_3077954.html

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Published April 17, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated April 17, 2013 at 12:36 am)

Chewstick features in Huffington Post blog

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