A matter of culture

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Decided to ditch the usual tourist bull and took her to Bob's studio
So I'm sitting looking at an email from a girl from France who wants to come Jamaica,
reason 1) It's her dream
reason 2) She wants to improve her English.

I get reason 1, reason 2 confused me lol, I would have thought to improve her English she would have gone to the UK. Well this will be fun and really interesting. So after receiving my sms i went to meet her, first rule and lesson learned, talk slowly use lots of hand signals haha. For me though this was an interesting lesson, i have often met foreigners here who had varying proficiencies in English. Typically when Scandinavians and Germans especially come here they become so immersed in the sub culture they tend to lose what seems to me all identity and take on a persona that's more local than the locals haha.
She made a friend so we brought her along
What i mean by that is they quite often lose the ability to speak English and only communicate in local dialect, which locals greet with a combination of admiration and humour. I remember meeting this Norwegian girl who was living in a deep rural very poor community-doing volunteer work- who spoke the worst patois-our dialect- i have ever heard haha and seemed to be unable to remember a single line of English, which made it quite difficult to communicate as there are different flavours of the dialect through out the country. On moving to Kingston her dialect then changed to one of the inner city. Chloe on the other hand had managed to learn patois and English. Being French forced locals to speak to her in a manner that allowed for effective communication, English,once comfortable there then she could add the local flavour at will, all the while keeping her French identity.
Record shop, some musicians there gave me the feel of those losers at a craft market ughhh. No sale lol
Chloe was bright and caught on quickly, secret weapon, the French/English dictionary. Secretly i was hoping that she'd be a bit aloof and somewhat rude y'know typical French caricature that the american media feeds us with haha, i was hoping to get a few jokes from that,but she was a pleasant surprise and dismissed the sterotype, she was sweet, polite, friendly, eager to learn and deadly adventurous.

She adapted well and loved the meeting people from all walks of life in essence i would say Chole left here being more Jamaican than those who have come here and the only thing learned is patois, dance moves, Jamaican bad words and what good weed smells like. What do i mean, our motto says out many people, we are a true multicultural society which gives us the ability to straddle the nuances of the cultural divide without losing but always gaining.
The man faces of Bob with some french flavour
Chole did this, assimilation without cultural loss. Europeans especially leave here being Rasta, praising JAH and denouncing Europe and western society, wishing to come back here pick fruit, sit on the corner smoking weed supposedly living the simple life, there is no simplicity in the promotion of laziness, poverty and laziness does not benefit this country and does not set an example for the children whose daily experience is where is my next meal coming from. Chole's wish was to go back to France and set up a Jamaican restaurant and maybe something here. Now that for me defines us the very best if us hard working ambitious and ready to conquer the world. Chole left here as one us...TO THE WORLD CHOLE, BIG UP AND ONE LOVE....IRIE
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Decided to ditch the usual tourist…
Decided to ditch the usual touris…
She made a friend so we brought he…
She made a friend so we brought h…
Record shop, some musicians there …
Record shop, some musicians there…
The man faces of Bob with some fre…
The man faces of Bob with some fr…
The studio
The studio
Bobs awards
Bob's awards
The grammy
The grammy
Jah live children yeahhhhhhhhh lol
Jah live children yeahhhhhhhhh lol
This was the paino Bob used on Tou…
This was the paino Bob used on To…
Drumming :-)
Drumming :-)
Beat the drums girl, lol
Beat the drums girl, lol
Can you see Bob singing here :-)
Can you see Bob singing here :-)
Bob bought this truck to use on to…
Bob bought this truck to use on t…
Purchased 1971...
Purchased 1971...
Ride rasta ride
Ride rasta ride
Next stop our seat of power, the P…
Next stop our seat of power, the …
Visitors gallery
Visitors gallery
The place of power
The place of power
All smiles
All smiles
My Kingston :-)
My Kingston :-)
View from the hills
View from the hills
Denmark and Jamaica have been frie…
Denmark and Jamaica have been fri…
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