Jamaica, Travel Inspiration

YA MAN!!* WE ARE GOING TO JAMAICA

Jamaica was a great adventure for me. Especially when I needed time off from work stress.

We flew from Provo with Air Turks and Caicos to Bob Manley Airport, Kingston. We went to the hotel check-in and had lunch at one of the restaurants near our hotel. Jerk Chicken at Chelsea Restaurant. It tasted like Balinese ‘Ayam Betutu’ (is a Balinese dish of steamed or roasted chicken with rich herbs and spicy flavour).

By the way, we did not meet our guide at the airport because he had the wrong flight times. We met him when we returned to the hotel after lunch. We planned to explore the city the next day.

On the second day, we planned to go to church, had lunch and explore Kingston. We went to our guide house for lunch with his family. Previously we went to Devon House to enjoy the famous ice cream and relax in the shady garden.

 

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From airport to Kingston City.

 

On Monday, my friend had to go to the British Consulate to apply for a visa. The interview went smoothly and she had to send her passport to the British Consulate to get a seal. Great!.

We started enjoying this trip by relaxing and going to Mystic Mountain and Dunn Water Fall in Ocho Rios.

The journey from Kingston to Mystic Mountain took two hours. The trip was fantastic. We passed the road with tall and lush tropical trees. Everywhere was green and radiant. Huge river split mountain areas. Cold and fresh. There was a flat bridge aka a bridge without a safety fence. Small and narrow, just enough for one car. This super-narrow road was only governed by a red light that controls the flow of traffic.

We continued up into the mountains through the roads that cut through the forests and mountains. Mystic Mountain was a tropical forest tour park. Equipped with some amenities like Sky Explorer (hanging train), bobsled (like a car without a machine) and also a Zip Line (hung on a rope then slid down). Because it was expensive so we chose Sky Explorer.

However, at that time I was really unlucky. I lost most of my photos. Very bad. While on my way to one of the tourist attractions, I checked photos in my digital camera. Somehow, I did not know what I initially hit, I accidentally deleted the photo. I was very upset and angry with myself. I lost all the images from day one to fifth. Aarrghhh !!

The three of us took the cable car to the top of the hill. Along the way, under a cable car, we saw a variety of tropical plants, similar to Indonesia’s tropical forests.

 

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Scenery of Kingston. Beautiful during sunset.

 

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It’s crucial to find out where we go and essential tips to enjoy the holidays. As to Ocho Rios, it was advisable to come at a time when there were no cruises. Too many tourists, consequently the price becomes expensive.

The heat of the sun was like being in an oven. My eyes were painful because of the reflection of light and headache, although I had been wearing glasses and hats.

Next trip to Dunn River Fall. The place was already crowded with tourists. We changed clothes before leaving the car in the parking lot. Ticket $ 15/person plus water shoes $ 10 / person.

Waterfall into the sea through the rocks of nature was eroded smoothly. We came down to the shore and climbed the rocks of the waterfall from the sea to the top of the waterfall. First of all, I was horrified. We hold hands tightly. It turned out that after some time like walking on a regular road and occasionally had to climb to the rocks along the river.

We returned to Kingston after eating at a roadside food stall. Jamaican native food, fried chicken with rice mixed with red beans.

The next day was a walk around downtown Kingston, Bob Marley Museum, Port Royal and resume shopping ;-).

Our guides invited us to see the atmosphere in downtown. Many friends from Jamaica forbade us to visit this area. But it was all safe and only ordinary business activities. This area was like Chinatown in Malang city. The Chinese open a grocery store, food vendors on the sidewalk, food warehouses, handyman, freight trucks, etc. We take a walk while buying a gift.

Then we drove to Port Royal on the coast. The direction went to the Airport. Lighthouse, cactus, mangrove plant all the way to this area. This place was a former fortress made by the British Navy. There were still many buildings preserved. Especially the former British Navy office building that transformed into an apartment, as painted in the $ 500 JA.

 

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Hot and dry. Stiflingly hot. We were not able to take a tour around the fort, even though only 20 minutes. Port Royal like the old and the small towns that people left behind. On one occasion we saw a plant. At first, me and my friend did not understand what fruit this was. Our guide explained to detail how to peel, eat (in Jamaica cooked with salted fish). My friend watched the fruit closely, finally exclaimed “cashew!”. Ha ha ha ha…

 

* Note:

YA MAN in www.urbandictionary.com this term for “yes” is used in Jamaica. Used to approve or express the excitement about something. Sometimes it also means “yes of course”.
Example:
Man: Dude, this dank is groovy
Dude: Ya man, it’s great.

 

To be continued….

 

 

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