Jamaica 2007

Jamaica Travel Blog

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Some of the children, stilt-walking in the background!
Seems so long ago now! Well after coming over from Canada, we stopped off in the airport with this beautiful fresh summer breeze, you could definitely tell why people love hot countries : ) we were going over to visit some friends of ours, who live out in a little house near Trenchtown, as they have been missionaries out there for about 12 years i think. We came over to see what work they were doing, and it was just nice to get away from rainy ol' england for a while !!

Tried fresh coconut milk, straight from the coconuts themselves! Interesting taste, odd texture above anything! Very refreshing though, not sure if it was the most delightful thing i've ever tasted, but try anything once, right?!? Also, fresh mango's from the street sellers. OHMYGOSH-probably one of the most beautiful fruits i have ever tasted.
i love this photo : )
The english/imported ones seriously do not do the fruit justice!! Anyway, so after a tour of the place we relaxed back at home for the evening, catching up on stories and news from the past year.

The first week was spent living in trenchtown, apparently one of the most dangerous places to go in the world (in the top 10 anyway) !? So that was fun =) It's said that tourists go there on trips accompanied with armed guards... and here we were hanging out there every day!

It was rather surreal to say the least, but i think the most surreal part was hearing gunshots just down the road from the house we were staying in. Aaaahhh!

The week was spent joining in with the work they were doing; it was the Easter holidays - festival time !! It was incredible; chilling out with the jamaican children, seeing what they get up to, etc.
Smilessss
Lots of dancing and singing involved! We set up these lovely events for the kids all week, celebrations and just helping out with games and things. One day it rained soo hard all day and it was incredible muddy - awesome! Everyone kept slipping over all afternoon which was highly amusing :) ended up covered in mud and laughing so much... There were handstand competitions and hula hoop races, party games, face painting, singing and dancing all day.

On the final day there was this march, walking around all the little villages singing and praising Jesus - it was immense! The children were climbing all over us, wanting piggy backs and such, which i was only too happy to oblige! Everyone was staring at us as we paraded proudly past, some clapping and cheering us on and even joining in with the walk! Policemen with huuuuge rifles and machine guns were standing idly by while we mooched past.
More stilt-walking
. that was kinda scary but alas! It was ok : )

I think my most treasured memory is one time i walked into the clearing and one small child, no older than 4 or 5 only dressed in shorts, with no shoes or anything, bless her! She took one look at me, screamed aaahhhhhh and with a huge smile on her face pelted herself straight into my arms, giving me this huuuuge cuddle.

It was pure magic :)

With Bob Marley playing constantly everywhere, the atmosphere of the whole country was incredible, relaxed and happy; such a contrast to England's mental busy lifestyles... Jamaica was very much what i expected, just a lot better :)

After that, we spent the last week doing touristy things, going up to Montego Bay (i think it was called that!?) to chill out even more, stayed in a really nice hotel, which was nice with a pool, etc.
gorgeousss
Checking out the local cuisine, yum yum yum!
Although, as nice as it was, if i'm completely honest i have to say that after a week of being around people that had absolutely nothing to their name, being around chubby white tourists with bright red sunburn and tacky hats didn't seem to appeal to me that much (surprising, ayy!) - but it was still highly enjoyable =)

We went to a beautiful beach with this huuuge waterfall (Dunn's River Falls), down in Ocho Rios and after running along the surf for the typical 'BayWatch Babes' movie sequence (HAD to be done...tbh =P) we rented a canoe and paddled all around the lagoon, it was amaaaaazing :) the water's so crystal clear and the beaches are so pure white, you can see straight to the bottom of the ocean floor, fish everywhere.
the legendary waterfall
yum yum yum yum :)

So basically this MENTAL HUGE waterfall is a big tourist attraction in Ocho Rios, so we thought yeah why not :) they have set paths for people to follow to climb UP the waterfall, it took us about 2 hours, but it was soo worth it. Our friend who lives in Jamaica took us up and showed us little shortcuts and paths that the tour-guides didn't take anyone, so it was much more fun than being stuck behind people for ages! It was incredible - at one point he took us up these steps on the other side to everyone else, hidden unless you knew about it !! which was exciting =D the water constantly crashing down on your back you had to keep surging up the steps with this fear of drowning!? it was seriously surreal - you could hardly breathe as there was this constant cascade of forced water crashing down on you.
last night in jamaica :( sooo did not wanna leave xx
.. It. Was. Awesome. !!!
Suchhhh a great feeling when we FINALLY reached the top. Fell over a few times after that.. but it was giggles anyway :)

Absolutely brilliant time, if i think of anything else then i'll add it on! It was a few years ago now though, definitely go again thoughxxxx


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Some of the children, stilt-walkin…
Some of the children, stilt-walki…
i love this photo : )
i love this photo : )
Smilessss
Smilessss
More stilt-walking
More stilt-walking
gorgeousss
gorgeousss
the legendary waterfall
the legendary waterfall
last night in jamaica :( sooo did …
last night in jamaica :( sooo did…
:D
:D
Loved these guys, the cheeky ones!
Loved these guys, the cheeky ones!
Janiele, one of the MANY beauutiif…
Janiele, one of the MANY beauutii…
the kids playing giant snakes & la…
the kids playing giant snakes & l…
playing about :)
playing about :)
mummyy
mummyy
face painting
face painting
bekki and danielle
bekki and danielle
more face paintingg
more face paintingg
me after i let Janiele paint me :)…
me after i let Janiele paint me :…
me and janiele :)
me and janiele :)
smiles!!!
smiles!!!
more face painting
more face painting
hula hoop challenge - who could go…
hula hoop challenge - who could g…
the guyyysss making a banner
the guyyysss making a banner
me and janieleee
me and janieleee
hula hooops
hula hooops
balloon shaping
balloon shaping
gamess
gamess
the hotel in Montego Bay
the hotel in Montego Bay
hotellll
hotellll
beautiful yeah :)
beautiful yeah :)
playing around with slow shutter s…
playing around with slow shutter …
waterfalll
waterfalll
yum yum
yum yum
ayyy!
ayyy!
my mental familyy
my mental familyy
parents
parents
friends who we stayed withh (:
friends who we stayed withh (:
3,130 km (1,945 miles) traveled
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