Monday, 1 September 2008

Back from Jamaica

Big ups Jamaica!! Peace and thanks for having us, we had a great time!
After a long flight that departed form Newark at 6 am (yawn) with a layover in Memphis, we landed in Montego Bay about 2 pm after a really bumpy flight. From there we hitched a ride to Negril where we were staying at the Samsara Hotel. We checked in for the next five days promptly being escorted to our room by a nice young man who also happen to know where we could find some fresh grown herb. He was not joking.
We changed into our swim suits and beach gear and made out way to the cliffs at the back of the hotel. The weather was beautiful, warm, sunny bright and breezy. The view from the west end of the island is amazing, the Samsara was built in a great location. We grabbed some Red Stripe's and explored the lush gardens and cliffs that adorn grounds picking the right spot the bless the trees!
After working up an appetite we sat down to an amazing meal, Rep Snapper for me and Veggie Pasta for the lady. We Watched the sun set from out table, then spent the rest of the night in the sea side hot tub.

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The second day was mostly spent swimming and chilling, reading and catching up on music. We needed a new place to eat so we went exploring and came across the Royal Vegetarian Cafe, where Errol, Iston and the crew hooked us up with one of the best Ital plates I've ever had. Fresh ackee, callaloo, spiced tofu, breadfruit, rice and peas, all for about 4 bucks. I highly recommend the Royal Vegetarian Cafe to anyone visiting Negril, veggie or not, the freshly picked ackee and breadfruit jump of the plate.
We also found Just Natural which also served up an amazing veggie stew, and for fish eaters, a delicious pan fired fresh king fish caught by the chef that morning.

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Day three we woke up early and rented a scooter from a one armed man named Gas (gasbikerentaljm@yahoo.com)who was honest and hooked us up with a great deal. We rode as far as the roads would allow, stopping at all kinds of cafes and shops, but fell in love with Whoppees Bar, at the far far west end. The cliffs are incredible, the beer is ice cold and there are hammocks positioned in prefect place to really "take it easy".

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Last time we visited Jamaica I did'nt have the chance to dine on local Barracuda, which I was very interested in. On a ride back from Negril beach where we rented a Sea-Doo, I spotted a well painted restaurant called Jenny's. We stopped in to have lunch and turns out they served Barracuda. Much like the fish itself the flavour is strong, and the meat is tough.

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On the day we were to leave the island Hurricane Gustav was making his way across the Caribbean. As we made our way to the Airport the sky became very dark and it rained hard for much of the trip. We arrived at Sangster to find out that our plane had been canceled until further notice.
We found a hotel as close to the airport as we could and checked in as the rain continued. The hotel was bare bones and had a terrible menu, and was filled with other stranded passengers. As the storm grew near the sky got darker and the rain got most intense. We got some water and snack's and waited it out. Things got intense around dusk and by 2 am the doors the porch in our hotel where blowing open, the power had gone out at about midnight, as the generator kicked it and out until morning.
The aftermath left the streets flooded, tree branches scattered everywhere, hundreds homeless and without electricity. The satellite was down so it was tough to get news, my iphone did get edge, so we got our news that way. We managed to get a plane out Saturday after noon with three connecting flights, so 12 hours in the air, plenty of crappy airport meals latter we reach home at 1 am.
Happy to have survived the storm, and very thankful that more was not damaged.
Peep the random snaps below!

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1 comment:

Beatrice von Rague Schleyer said...

Yo that makes me wanna kill some ital!

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