I was in my 30’s when I found out that Jamaica was a third world country. To me Jamaica is King. King of all things. I feel that Jamaica is rich. Money is not everything in life. There are other things that matter too, such as freedom, happiness, culture, and nature. Jamaica is a very rich Island, full of life, freedom, good food, and fun for all types of people.
I traveled to Jamaica in February of 2012, and found so many things to be different from home in Canada. I want to share some of these things with you, just for fun…and perhaps get your thoughts on them
1)Extended Weekend Jamaican Partying
Weekend partying starts in Jamaica on Thursday and ends on Tuesday. That is bloody hilarious. Talk about people who know how to live. I love it. In fact this is the thing I liked most. I think if you are looking for fun, you should be able to find it, no matter what day of the week it is, and in Jamaica – you can!
2)Jamaican Dogs unleashed!
OK the heading is a little misleading. What I meant was that the dogs in Jamaica are not on a leash the same that the dogs in Canada are on a leash. After spending 30 + years of my life in Canada, I thought all dogs had to be on a leash or they would attack people passing by. This is not true at all. I got the impression that Jamaican dogs were trusted by their owners to act mature, and so therefor they did. I don’t know about you but I found this so fascinating. The other cool thing about owners and their dogs is that the dogs just follow the owners around, even in packs. If the owner has 5 or even 10 dogs, all 5 or all 10 dogs will follow its master wherever he or she is going. Wow it is a cool thing to watch.
3)Alcohol sold 24hrs a day
I thought it was very cool that in Jamaica you can buy alcohol 24 hrs a day. Of course it is sold by unlicensed street vendors but who cares. If you want to get drunk, at least you can. I was advised by a friend not by Alcohol in this form. But it was too late, I already did it.
4) All Jamaican people say “hi”
In Jamaica every body says hi. Its considered polite. Yes even stranger to stranger. I absolutely love this. As a Rastafarian woman living in Toronto, Ontario I get a lot of stares. So strangers don’t really say Hi to me. But in Jamaica they were not intimidated by my dreadlocks at all and many people said hi to me and I said hi to people just because I wanted to interact with as many Jamaican people as possible.
5)The men and women are very sexy
In Jamaica you can find many sexy men and women. Here is my take on the cause of this. The food! The food they are eating is real, and the lifestyle they live causes them to appear as if they have been working out. Many Jamaicans do a lot of house work, such as hand washing clothes, yard work, planting of food etc. Combine this with the healthy food they are eating and you may have a person who is just “naturally sexy.” How lucky. When I was there I felt so fat. I knew my body was the result of sitting in front of the computer all day eating Tim Hortons. Not good. Jamaicans have since inspired me to change my diet.
6)The people smell so darn nice!
If you decide to go out for a walk just to socialize say around 8pm, you will find many of the people are already on their second shower, and are smelling might fine. They look good and smell nice. You almost can’t resist falling in love. lol. One guy that walked by me smelled like he was still in the shower. Wow. My Canadian heart and mind just melted. Don’t get me wrong, Canadians smell nice too, but Jamaicans make an extra effort, especially at night-time.
7)Overweight Jamaican women dance it up!
In the club scene, overweight women dance proudly. In Canada that is a rare thing. But Jamaica has been like this for years. In Canada the more of a woman’s bones that protrude out from her, the sexier she is considered to be. In Jamaica if you are too skinny, they will tell you need to eat some food. Just something I noticed.
8)Jamaicans drive very fast!
In Jamaica some of the people drive very fast. Don’t know why i think it has always been that way. I guess it’s the “do what you want” mentality.
Every body is doing what they want, it reminded me of Montreal
9)Montego Bay beach was open 24 hours
I loved that the beach was available 24 hours. People went there to entertain themselves. You see as a Rastafari I believe people should not limit their life experience to internet and television. People should make an effort to live the way that God intended. Which is natural and interacting with each other.
10)The Hip Strip in Montego Bay
I loved the “Hip Strip” in Montego Bay. It made me feel like I was still at home. There are many shops, the beach, and many hotels to take in and check out. There is also many tourists around so you will not feel alone. The hip strip is also a great place to check out if you want to check out the night life in Montego Bay.
I love Jamaica, Jah made me like that. I cant wait to live there. My heart will sing and give praises once again. My chakras will align and be in harmony once again. In Jamaica, my soul is overjoyed
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- Everybody loves you
- You might Fall in love
- The Jamaican food is no good
- The night life is great
- There are no pay phones at the airport
- The Money may confuse you
- The men are very Sexy
- Don’t get too comfortable
Look, before I begin I want everyone reading this to know. I absolutely love Jamaica. I am a Canadian born woman, and my whole entire life and income, centers around Jamaican Culture, and Rastafari Culture. This list is meant to be fun and educational. Take it with a Grain of salt.
Everybody loves you
I am a woman, and I found every guy I met, was telling me how much he was in love with me. Over time I realized the men see you as more of an opportunity than anything else. Not saying a Jamaican man can’t fall in love with you, but beware, some may be just blowing smoke up your ass. And if you think the women are not doing it to the men, think again, because I am told that they are.
You might fall in love
I know this sounds weird considering the paragraph above, but its true. You might actually fall in love with one of those people who tell you that they love after only knowing you for one hour. Hmpf. Well can’t control the heart. Many women travel to Jamaica for vacation and come back with a heart full of love. Wont ask me why. Many its the sexy accent of the Jamaican man, I don’t know.
The Jamaican food is no good
I live in Toronto Canada (for now) and the Jamaican food here is off the chart! When I went to Jamaican in 2012 February, I was shocked to find the Jamaican food was not have as good as the Jamaican food in Toronto. It made no sense to me either. But the truth is the truth.
The Night Life is Great
The night life in Jamaica is outstanding. Well that’s just my opinion. I am Rastafari and love to listen to the sounds of Rasta Reggae music late into the night, especially on a Monday night when there is nothing to do. Where I am from, most partying begins on Thursday and ends Sunday. In Jamaica, it starts, Thursday and ends Tuesday.
There are no pay phones at the air port
This really irked me. I ended up coming back much earlier than I had expected. Let me tell you, not having a phone at that time was so difficult. I thought my funds in my account were frozen, and there was no payphone in sight at the Airport in Montego Bay to even call my bank and rectify the situation. Oh my goodness, I had to literally stop some guy and ask him to borrow his cell phone. How embarrassing Jamaica needs to change this swiftly. They know we are foreigners, they need to implement a phone just for us at the airport. Come on Jamaica you can do better than this. I felt so alone and confused. I’m hoping someone in Jamaica will see this and get right on it.
The Money May Confuse you
I believe the conversion rate is approximately 1 Canadian dollar to 10 Jamaican dollars. But this can get confusing very fast. Here is what else I know…
- 100 JAM = 1$ CAD
- 1000 JAM = 10$ CAD
- 10,000 JAM = 100$ CAD
The Jamaican men are very sexy
1. for being very sexy
2. for being good lovers
Are these fact or myth? They are both Fact. The other thing you should know about Jamaican men is, they have been known to be a bag of trouble. I just wrote a blog post, describing how I was dumped out of the blue. Then this inspired me to write a blog post on my other blog, entitled “8 Reasons why Jamaican men cheat.” It seems now a days Jamaican men in Jamaica and abroad are leaving many women with broken hearts. Oh well, it’s not all that glitters is gold.
They are also known for being well “equipped” so to speak. Is this fact or fiction? I’ll let you find out on your own.
Don’t get too comfortable
When visiting Jamaica as a foreigner it is easy to get too comfortable. How? Well, Jamaicans do a good job of making you feel at home. The culture and ideologies are very similar to western culture and ideologies, and the people are very warm and inviting. You may find that you do not want to leave, once you actually travel there. I have heard horror stories of men and woman who got way to comfortable visiting Jamaica. Remember Jamaicans have a different mind-set and way of handling things. Don’t get too comfortable.
Advice for first timers traveling to Jamaica:
- Make sure you have enough money
- Don’t over spend
- Get a cell phone as soon as possible
- Don’t set your expectations too high regarding the food
- Don’t take it seriously if a Jamaican man or woman tells you he/she loves you
Jah Loves You. Give thanks and praises.