As David and I were enjoying our Jamaica vacation, I realized I was noticing all the interesting things around me. So, here are my Top 10 observations!

10. It’s easy to get “Jamaica brain” when you mix sunshine, heat and activity. David and I were forgetful a lot (but that’s lovely on a holiday).

9. Jamaicans drive on the left side of the road. Because of that fact, many of the larger van taxis are imported from Japan, with video screens that show Japanese characters. It’s cool.

8. I will never get used to the lack of sidewalks and narrowness of the road between the Negril cliffs and the Negril beach. I felt like I took my life in my own hands each and every time.

7. Jamaican food is AMAZING. And, it’s not all chicken or jerk seasoning. The seafood, rice and peas and vegetarian dishes are especially delicious. I have never met a soup I didn’t love in Jamaica. Especially if it’s pumpkin.

Hungry Lion Pumpkin Soup

6. Jamaica is an easy place for a North American. You can use the Jamaican dollar or the US dollar to buy anything in Negril, and Jamaicans speak english (unless they are speaking Patwa to each other, in which case, it’s really hard to understand them – but a super fun dialect to listen to).

5. To encourage tourists to visit a restaurant, Negril cliff restaurants will arrange for a car to pick you up, and you only pay for the ride home. Love that!

4. In almost every space, a group of 3 or 4 Americans will choose to be loud and obnoxious, and make it all about them. I don’t mean to bash Americans, but it happened so often on our trip, it was hard to ignore. As David imitates the experience, it’s all “blah, blah, blah, me, me, me, me, me!!”

3. We all have family shit. I didn’t travel thousands of miles to sit on a beach and hear yours all day.

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2. Cats and people really hustle in Negril. I respect how the people hustle to make a buck, and how the cats hustle for attention or a meal in an outdoor restaurant. Our little adopted Marley cat made our week at our hotel a lot of fun.

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1. Be careful what you say, because the universe will conspire to give you what you want. On our last day I was very sad to be leaving Negril, and I told David that several times. That night, we got almost no sleep thanks to the all night super loud frat boy party taking place at the resort beside our hotel. Then, at 6:15 a.m., we awoke to the smoke detector going off in the villa next to ours. I became very ready to come home!

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