My trip to Jamaica, as seen on the ‘gram.
Ohhhh Jamaica, land we love!
Reason #4379 you should follow me on Instagram: I post my travels there real time, and a lot of the pictures and stories I share there actually never make it to the blog (erm, sorry guys).
Such was the case with my Jamaica trip. I finally went back to my parent’s homeland a few months ago after an embarrassingly long time away and HAD THE BEST TIME. I was joined by Liebling, my mom, auntie, and uncle and we split our time between Montego Bay (where we spoiled ourselves with a stay at the RIU all-inclusive resort) and Kingston (where my mom and auntie grew up and where many of my family members still reside).
We came, we saw, we ate ourselves silly (Jamaican food is LIT, my friends).
Here is our experience, as partially documented on Instagram. Make sure you follow me (@oneikatraveller) so you don’t miss out on all the fun next time!
#Jamaica is so much more than beaches. Kingston, the capital, is at least worth a day trip, if only to get a feel for the “real” Jamaica beyond your all inclusive resort. I’m spending the next few days here bopping around my mom’s hometown, visiting family and sponging up as much of the food, culture, and frenetic pace as possible. Enjoying my time here, particularly my stop at the Bob Marley Museum. Loving JA!
The famjam in Jamrock. After travelling the world, I wanted to go home. Not to Canada, my “home” home, but to Jamaica, the country of my parents’ birth. It is the place whose culture, food, and values have shaped me most, even though I grew up in a land far far away. Time and circumstances kept me away from JA too long, so months ago I started talking to my mom and aunt about making a return trip. Together. I wanted them to show me their roots and in turn I wanted to show off this special island to my husband, so he could perhaps gain a bit more insight into this particular part of who I am and where my people are from. So this Thanksgiving, I am thankful for my mom, aunt, and uncle, who took the time out of their busy schedules to jump on a plane and join me on this adventure. I am thankful for all the family and friends who live on the island, for their hospitality, local knowledge, and rides around town have been clutch. I am thankful for having a husband who is up for anything, even though he only understands about 20% of what is being said when folks start speaking in Jamaican patois (lol). I am thankful for jerk seasoning, festivals (the ones you eat!), kola champagne, and ackee and saltfish on repeat. And most of all, I am thankful for having the health, time, and finances to execute such a trip in the first place. #thanksgiving #family #jamaicatodiwerl
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You know you’re in #Jamaica when: You wake up with heartburn and hair smelling like smoke due to your foray at the jerk pit the night before Men you don’t know call you “Daughter” ‘Yeah man’ is a common response to most questions Deciding between getting patties from Tastee or Juici is a real thing (conversely, whether or not to add cocoa bread is never a question) The name “Jah” or terms “irie” or “bless up” will be invoked at least three times a day You’re surrounded on at least two sides by mountains and lush green bush Sun and sea are a way of life Restaurants will be sold out of at least 25% percent of the items listed on the menu Taxis and buses flag *you* down instead of the opposite You will hear Bob Marley or see his image at least three times a day You don’t want to go home because you’re having so much fun! “Come to Jamaica and feel alright!” #visitjamaica #outofmanyonepeople #welcometojamrock
The Devon House mansion is one of Jamaica’s most heralded national monuments. The elaborate site was built in the late 19th century by George Stiebel, Jamaica’s first black millionaire, and holds court at the corner of Trafalgar and Hope Roads. A hop, skip, and a jump from the Bob Marley museum, a tour of the mansion and its impressive grounds is a must, as is a stop at the Devon House Ice Cream shop – the grapenut and rum and raisin flavors are the bomb dot com! #weallscreamforicecream #youcanthankmelater #blackexcellence #jamaica
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Have you ever been to Jamaica? Is it on your travel list?