Welcome to Jamrock: Scenes from Jamaica via Instagram

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!

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

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Just got back to New York but missing this view. Jamaica, land we love!

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Have you ever been to Jamaica? Is it on your travel list?


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  • Reply
    Geraldine Simpson
    March 14, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    Yes, several times and love it. Have stayed at the Riu Montego Bay, Breezes Negril and Breezes Runaway Bay when they were open.

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    Colleen Brynn
    March 14, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    Beautiful photos! Yummy food! It’s so great that you got to go “home” to a place that has shaped you so much. I’m hoping to go to Jamaica later this year.

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    March 14, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    I’m going home Memorial Day weekend to get married and I am so frikin excited to show off my island.

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    March 14, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    Yes, I’ve been once years ago. Memorable moments included scaling up Dunn’s River Falls, checking out “downtown” Montego Bay, visiting the Bob Marley Museum, and being invited over for dinner on my last night of the vacation. Would love to go back and explore more of this gorgeous island!

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    Cest La Vibe
    March 15, 2016 at 4:13 am

    I’m surprised that you don’t have a pic with a Red Stripe!

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    March 16, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    About to board a flight to Jamaica and came across your blog. Soooo excited.

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    Patricia Clay
    March 16, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    Jamaica is one of my favorite places to visit!!! I’m a huge fan of reggae music and I just love the people and culture. Whenever I visit I feel like I’m home (and I’m often mistaken for a local). I don’t stay in the resorts because I love being where the locals are. Negril and Kingston are my favorite spots and I’ll be back in Negril for Labor Day weekend. Cannot wait!!! Reggae music, Rastas, Rum Punch, Jamaican Patois, Beef Patties, Beautiful Beaches, Jerk Chicken, Dancehall Clubs, etc.!!! Totally addicted! 🙂

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    March 18, 2016 at 2:31 am

    I have been missing Jamaica like crazy. I have been back twice, but I have not been there in 10 years!!!! I don’t know where the time went, but I really do want to pay my family a visit. It’s definitely home. I speak Patois all day, eat Jamaican food, have Jamaican friends, and even though I left when I was just 9 years old, it’s such a huge part of who I am. Oneika, you really made me miss the place. Hopefully, I can go there soon.

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    March 18, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Jamaica is DEFINITELY on my list. Hope to get there this summer. Beautiful photos, Oneika! Thanks for sharing them with us!

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