The worldwide Augustana College experience

The Final Chapter

As we fly over Jamaica, I can’t help but think that while I experienced and learned so much, I did not even scratch the surface. In my last blog post, I wrote about how beautiful the landscape of the countryside is but this past week I was able to learn that the true beauty lies [...]

Daylight Come and Me No Wan’ Go Home

Kingston is gorgeous and I finally feel like I am in Jamaica, the real Jamaica.  I took a peaceful walk through Emancipation Park one late afternoon on one of the last days we were in Kingston.  I felt so much inner peace.  The places was well taken care of and the flowers and trees were [...]

Daylight Come and Me No Wanna Go Home….

Last week was one of the best of my life. I am by no means a math teacher, but in the Alpha girls school I had the opportunity to become one. To be completely honest I was dreading teaching math concepts that I had been so far removed from in my own practice. However, once [...]

Kingston- The Land of Opportunities

Preface: The journey to Kingston was long and terrifying as we drove  through the mountains, only stopping once at Strawberry Hill for the most fantastic brunch I have ever witnessed. The essence of Chris Blackwell welcomed us with opened arms as we stuffed our faces and explored the grounds. We were in awe of the [...]

Day 4-7- Port Antonio, Great Huts and More

           Today we took a ride into Port Antonio where I went from having $125 to having $1465.25… Not a bad conversion rate. As we transitioned from being to tourists to students of the culture, we explored the maze of markets, picking up various souveniors and produce along the way. I [...]

The Great Huts

We had to say goodbye to the all-inclusive resort on Wednesday of the first week, and although it was a wonderful 2 days, I was ready to see what else Jamaica had to offer. Our first stop after the resort was to visit the Seville Great House. We went on a tour that taught us [...]

All the Pretty Colors

The Great Huts was an experience that is almost impossible to describe, almost. Being that close to nature was something I had never done before. There were no windows! I was honestly terrified that bugs would chow on me all night even with the bug netting, but I walked away with only a few bug [...]

Improving My Dominos Game

Jamaica Blog Post 2: The minute we arrived in Port Antonio, it was obvious that we were going to have a different experience than at the resort in Runaway Bay. However it wasn’t until the second night at Great Huts that I really started to get the experience that I had anticipated. The second night [...]

Day 2- Out of the caves and into the light

I began the day with short but exhausting run along the beach. Shacks lined the beach as I left the resort behind. The vendors cheered me on as I ran by. Out of breath and hungry for breakfast I enjoyed a freshly made smoothie and before I knew it we were off the the Green [...]

Day 1- Welcome to JamRock

Welcome to Jamrock           A journey marked by the bleep bleep of an alarm going off at 3:30 am. It was a brisk (to say the least) 2 degrees in Rock Island, nothing compared to the -10 I had left in Minnesota a day prior. I boarded the party bus at Centennial [...]