As some of you may know I just got back from an amazing trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica.
One of my many goals after graduation has been to travel as much as I can before I begin to look for a “real job” and what better way to start my traveling then by the lovely beaches of the Caribbean.
To be honest I never thought I would be visiting Jamaica so soon, but when our original plan to go to Punta Cana fell through we began to look into other places in the Caribbean and voila, Jamaica was the chosen one.
Five of my closest friends and I left to Jamaica not really knowing what to expect. I mean hate to sound kind of ignorant but aside from lovely beaches, Bob Marley and people smoking, I had no idea what else to expect. (Which by the way smoking weed is illegal in Jamaica)
When we arrived to Montego Bay reality began to hit us slowly…On our way to the hotel we saw the true Jamaica, a Jamaica filled with poverty. It was obvious that if it wasn’t for tourism many of these people would not have jobs.
I had never been to a third world country before and just to see beauty meet poverty was very shocking.
After a few tears and reality check me and my friends made the most of the trip.
One of the excursions that me and my friend Jennie took was to Dolphin Cove and Dunn’s Fall at Ocho Rios…We got picked up at our hotel and on our 45min drive our tour guide, Norman, began to point out different parts of the journey.
First off for Jamaicans the left side is the right side, we also got too see where Olympic gold medal winner Bolt grew up as well as the shore where Columbus arrived back in the 1490’s. We sang famous Jamaican songs and Norman proceeded to share his personal story with us. He is currently a Business student and due to financial issues he is forced to study one semester and drop out the next but one thing that I loved about him was the fact that he has a desire to succeed as he said he would never give up.
Along our stay we meet and lived some truly life changing experiences, It’s amazing how much you can learn from others. Jamaica was filled with great people, great beaches and great memories. I can go on and on…but one thing I know for sure is that we are very blessed.
If anyone is planning to go to Jamaica and needs tips or so feel free to message me…
Like Jamaicans say “No problem…Irie”