jamaica, ya mon!
I just spent eight delightful days in Jamaica. Thanks to the generosity of friends, whose relatives opened their homes to us, I had the opportunity to taste of this beautiful land for little cost. I left my photo gear at home and borrowed my husband’s Nikon P6000 for the trip. I love this little camera. Perfect for travel, this small lightweight camera offers much of the control of a DSLR; all at an amazing 13.5 megapixels.
Although we found the July weather hot, a pleasant breeze flowed from mountain or ocean making the tropics pleasantly bearable. Jamaican food compares with the best of worldwide cuisines. Fresh fruits and vegetables, fragrant baked goods, festival (like sweet fried cornbread), creamy ice cream in tropical flavors, jerk spices, and curry goat topped my list of favorites. An afternoon’s trip west of Kingston to Hellshire, where it is hot, dry, and filled with macka bush (brush and cactus), brought us to a treasure of sandy beach and restaurant shacks at ocean side. There fishing dories delivered their fresh catch of fish and lobster to be cooked over hot coals for the sweetest seafood delicacies imaginable.
Seabirds soared over the beach in hopes of snatching bits left over from fish cleaning.
A hair raising switch-back filled trip across the mountains afforded breathtaking views of bamboo forests and river-cut valleys. At one stop above Stony Hill, I chanced to see children feasting on a breakfast of fresh breadfuit after which they plunged into a pool in their nearly dry river.
We pulled off the road (risky business) somewhere above Port Maria for this shot. Despite Jamaica’s current dry conditions lush greenery covered the rocky slopes.
These brightly painted houses caught my eye.
Once on the modern highway that traverses the North Coast, we stopped at one of many roadside stands.
We spent several days in and near Discovery Bay. Just look at that water!
Here’s an evening photo of an old church in Brown’s Town.
Of all my Jamaican experiences, the ever smiling warmth of the people shines brightest. I hope for the opportunity to visit them and their Caribbean island nation again.