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Oct 01

Jamaican Me Crazy!

Wow, what an adventure Jamaica was! There for a while, I considered hopping right back onto the boat after walking into Ocho Rios. FIrst of all, it felt like it was 200 degrees out, and secondly, there were hundreds of Jamaicans hassling us to take a ride in their taxi cabs. It was stressful to say the least. We finally settled on a taxi driver that appeared to be approachable and more importantly, trustworthy. And that he was! He took us wherever we wanted and gave us some “behind the scenes” views of Ocho Rios. It turned out to be a blast and one of my favorite parts of the trip!  The landscape was breathtaking. I had no idea Jamaica was so mountainous. Here’s our taxi driver. He was 26, just like Eric and I, haha. It was amazing to see the diversity of living arrangements. There were homes like this below and then shack-like places in other areas.A boy came up to the taxi and asked if we’d like to see him do flips. Of course we said yes! He did about 5 back handsprings down this windy road. Pretty cool!

And yes, we tipped him. They can spot Americans a mile away!Fruit stands everywhere!This was the high school in Ocho Rios. VERY different from what we’re used to in the states. They go half days at school there- there are two groups of kids. One group goes to school for 4 hours in the morning and the other group goes 4 hours in the afternoon.

The local farmers market was one of the most unique experiences. We didn’t get out of the taxi, but we saw all of the food stands from the window.

We took a break from the tour on this amazing, quaint beach. My Mom got her hair braided (!), we drank Red Stripe beer, ate jerk chicken (amazing!) and dipped into the crystal blue water.

 

It started out as a normal picture….

And turned into this…

What would paradise be without a fire breather?

What a fun way to end the trip! As always, it’s who you’re with, not where you are…so being in Jamaica with people I love is my idea of perfection.

The departure, Bon Voyage! Click the Picture to find out more

Key West: Who wants some Key Lime Pie?! also Click picture to see more

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