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Jamaica 2014 (Trip #1)

WARNING: Image intensive!

My Jamaica trip was over a month ago, and I took a ton of pictures. Below are the best of the bunch, and I hope I captured some of the beauty of the island.

It was definitely an adventure, for many reasons. One, I seem to have fallen in love. Two, it was so much more interesting seeing the interior, away from the pretty resorts. Yes, there is a lot of poverty, but people make do with what they have fairly well. I had a blast hanging out with A for a full 10 days straight. The sex was amazing as usual. His family and friends are great – and I was able to swim in the ocean for the first time in years!

This is my favourite image, it captures the beautiful mountains. We did a lot of driving within the middle of the island, through the mountains. The roads can be treacherous but the views can also be breathtaking:

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Every house is painted in it’s own creative colour/designs – it makes for a really colourful landscape:

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This is view of the ocean on the way to visit A’s uncle’s house (under construction). We got a bit lost and had to ask for directions:

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One of my favourite moments was in Montego Bay at Pier 1 – after a day at the beach we came here for dinner:

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A’s mother’s dog – adorable! We became good friends:

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Sunset on the first night there:

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A panoramic view outside of A’s house:

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A’s neighbour’s house – this guy lives alone but in the early morning hours he will start yelling at a woman who isn’t really there. Very bizarre:

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A “tyre” shop, these are everywhere:

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A bar on the side of the road – these are also everywhere:

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A banana shop – there is no shortage of fruit:

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Sunset from down the road outside of A’s house:

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A’s house is the one in the center:

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One of the first places we went was Mystic Mountain just outside of Montego Bay:

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On the way to Mystic Mountain we passed this “Duppy” (Ghost) Church. It’s actually called that on Google Maps. The story goes that the congregation was being harassed by ghosts so they abandoned the church and moved to another one down the road somewhere. The church now sits abandoned and most locals won’t go near it. I, of course, had to explore it. It took me a week to convince A to take me back there. He stayed well outside and refused to enter the grounds, so I explored by myself!

p.s. I am not haunted from the experience and I was not harassed by ghosts:

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One of the best days was when we went to YS Falls – these are natural falls that you can swim in. Aside from being beautiful it was so refreshing:

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Finally, some randomness! I was happy to find Heineken, but Red Stripe isn’t so bad either:

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Relaxing on the veranda at A’s:

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Montego Bay beach (more for locals than tourists):

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A guy on stilts:

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Hope you enjoyed!

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Technology is wonderful

I don’t know how people survived long distance relationships before without the multitude of technology at their fingertips.

Today A is sending me paint colours to help him pick a colour for his bathroom. Of course I’ve never seen his bathroom in person but I have seen the tour of his house on Skype AND the new tiling he did in images and video so I wouldn’t be blindly helping him pick a colour.

Yesterday he drove to Kingston with a friend, and sent the below images along the way:

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Obviously it’s not the same as being there, but every little bit helps to stay connected.