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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 [...]

Yeah man, no worries!

The first two nights in the all inclusive resort of Jewel Runaway Bay has been amazing! Is all inclusive really all inclusive? You bet your bottom dollar that it is! (Don’t even have to take any out of your pocket ) These days have been very relaxing and have been a blast. No worries about [...]

The Jamaican Dream

Jamaica Blog Post 1 Arriving at stop one, Jewel Runaway Bay I thought that this exactly what people mean when they think Paradise. However, I am questioning which definition of paradise people mean. I see the obvious warmth, beach, and beauty of the country and its people. Though, I am thinking that other people are [...]

Living in Paradise

Today is day two at Jewel Runaway Bay Resort, and it is the definition of paradise. We began our journey to this amazing destination at the airport in Moline at 6am Monday, and arrived in Jamaica around 1:30pm. I have never traveled outside of the country before aside from when I was younger, so I [...]