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April 16th, 2007 – by: mellonn
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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