What I’m Doing in Jamaica

My time in in JA isn’t just one big vacation. I’m still working…on several projects (a girl’s gotta eat), but taking every opportunity to explore and learn more about the island and its people. There’s so much to see and do in Jamaica and I’m not just talking beaches, jerk chicken and rum punch either (though I love them all).

Things to Do in Jamaica

St.Ann-Jamaica-2012-New Years Day

In general, I’m here living life and learning whatever it is life is ready to teach me about Jamaica (and about myself). JA has such a rich and diverse history and I’ve only began to scratch the surface in understanding it all. I’m open to new experience, meeting new people and hoping to improve my patois as well. Here’s a peek into some of the other things I’ll be doing while on the island…

Eating Until it Hurts

Trying new food is always a big part of any place I travel and in Jamaica there is no shortage of great eats. My friends (and my nose) have been keeping me connected with the best food on the island. I’ve also been eyeing the Jamaican online food guide, NyamJam.com, as well. I’ve already hit up a few restaurants on their list and looking forward to trying out many more though I’m quite partial to the delicious finds on the road.

Things to Do in Jamaica: Chilitos Jamexican Restaurant, Kingston, Jamaica

Beef, Grilled and Jerk Chicken Tacos with a red stripe to wash it down at Chilitos Jamexican in Kingston

Checking out the Live Music Scene

There has been an explosion of new bands in Jamaica that I can’t wait to see perform live: Dubtonic Kru, Di Blueprint, Raging Fyah, Indignation and Rootz Underground, just to name a few. I’m keeping an eye out for their local performances and hoping to maybe catch them at one of  live venues around Kingston like Jamnesia in Bull Bay, Jonkanoo Lounge at the Wyndham in New Kingston and many more.

Things to do in Jamaica: Jallanzo Guitarist Dubtonic Kru

Jallanzo, Vocalist and Guitarist, Dubtonic Kru (via Juiceonline.com)

Concerts, Festivals and 50th Anniversary Celebrations

Being consistently in Jamaica means a higher liklihood of attending some of the concerts and events that I usually miss on my shorter stays. And given that 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of  Jamaica’s independence, there’s even more to look forward to. Below is a snap shot of some of the festivals and events I have planned for the month of January.

January 6th: Annual Accompong Maroon Festival
Accompong, St. Elizabeth

January 14th: Rebel Salute
Peter Kaiser Sports Club, Alligator Pond

January 21: Eclectic
Courtleigh Auditorium, New Kingston, Jamaica.

January 26-29: Jamaica Jazz and Blues
Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium, Falmouth

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Relaxing

Even with my work and all of the many things going on, I’m definitely finding time to relax and do a little meditation/reasoning and at times nothing. This is definitely when the beach and rum punch comes in handy!

Did I miss anything?

Responses

  • M says...

    Thanks for submitting this post to the Traveler’s Show & Tell blog carnival.

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    I hope to see you there again! :)

    Thanks again!
    Tui

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  • Akilah says...

    Salivation in full swing! WOW! So glad you’re enjoying your stay.

  • Monique says...

    Enjoying good food, good music on a beautiful tropical island. Sounds like a plan to me.

  • Culture-ist says...

    With the frigid temperatures here in New York, a couple of reggae and jazz concerts, some rum punch and a beautiful Negril or Montego Bay beach sound perfect:) Hope you enjoy your time there and looking forward to hearing about some of the local artists.

    • Agreed! Cold weather is so not my friend, so this came right on time!

      Definitely enjoying every minute and excited to share great artists coming soon!

  • Sounds like a winner to me!…Enjoy!

  • Jamaica My Way says...

    You’ve been to Chilitos!! I have YET to go there even though all my Kingston peeps keep trying to make me go. LOL I even follow them on Twitter!

    Sounds like you’re taking in all JA has to offer, you will learn so much. Just keep your mind open and you can’t go wrong girl!

    • Yes! Had this spot on the radar for a while. You have to go when you come back!

      I’m trying to take it all in. Time is going by soooo quickly and I’m sadly spending much of it in food comas. LOL I have to do better! LOL

  • Shelley T says...

    Good you and good for Jamaica!

    I hope you enjoy your stay overall, but especially on the South Coast. My mom is from St. Elizabeth, where Rebel Salute at Alligator Pond happens, so every time I’m on the island we’re there. They have some of the best seafood dishes I’ve ever tasted. The South Coast is also much nicer than the North Coast because its less touristy and have a more local vibe to the atmosphere. I so wish I was there right now! :)

    • I am most excited about exploring the south coast. Heading to the Maroon Festival this Friday and planning trips to Bluefields and Treasure Beach in additional to Rebel Salute! Come on down!

      • Shelley T says...

        OMG, I wish I could, but I’m hamstrung by work! I’m on deadline to finish the first draft of my “Dudus” script and the process has been very slow. I could weep…

        • Oh I understand. Work has kept me immobile many times before. Go ahead and knock it out so you can get back on the road!

  • Shelley T says...

    Jamaica gets a lot of bad press so it’s always nice to meet someone who can see pass the social problems and appreciate the island for what it really has to offer: its heart, good food, good people, good vibes.

    • I have this conversation all the time with people who think I’m crazy for being here. There is good and bad in every corner of the globe and for me the good and great have significantly outweighed the bad, so I happily keep coming back!

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