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Daylight Come and Me No Wan Go Home

Day three on the island.   It’s hard to try writing something that sums up my experience so far. We arrived in Montego Bay around 1:30pm on Monday, and then drove across the island to reach Destination 1: Jewel Resorts Runaway Bay, which is exactly what it sounds like ladies and gents, the honeymooners’ paradise, [...]

Jamaican Me Crazy!

Jewel Runaway Bay Resort THE BEAUTY! Jamaica has blown me away already just in the first two days. The weather, the landscape, the everything is absolutely breath taking. I have laid on the beach, crawled my way through caves, and gone snorkeling in a near by coral reef. I’m actually writing this blog entry on [...]

Seems like Paradise

On our first full day in Jamaica, I woke up refreshed and ready to take on the world. I knew we had a day full of plans. I got to breakfast and walked around looking for whatever sounded good. I went up to the egg station where I had the pleasure of meeting Egg Boy, [...]

Being a tourist

The resort is interesting. I have found it hard to be a tourist while here. Not because I am not enjoying it, but because I know of so much of the history and current situation of the island that I am too educated to be a tourist. We talked about how the island has many [...]

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 [...]

Living Jamaica

I am here. This is Jamaica. I have tried to snap myself out of this beautiful illusion so many times, but I am beyond grateful that this is reality. Leaving campus at 4 am, getting on the plane, and even flying over the ocean didn’t make it hit me. Living Jamaica did. After the long [...]

Every Little Thing Is Gonna Be Alright

“Three Little Birds,” unquestionably one of Bob Marley’s two or three most famous songs, is so popular and so overplayed that it might be considered cliché. Of course, it wouldn’t be so popular if it wasn’t a genuinely great song: simple yet catchy melody, feel-good reggae music, and an important message that everyone needs to [...]

All Inclusive Paradise Vs. Poverty

The last two days were absolutely incredible! We have been at an all inclusive resort right on a sandy white beach in Jamaica. The hardest thing about these last two days was trying to wrap my mind around the idea that the resort is all inclusive. If you want to eat fruit and sit on [...]

Jamaica Blog #3

Journal Entry #3 Today has been one of the most rewarding days of my life. Today was our first of teaching at the alpha boys school. The alpha boys school is located in the heart of Kingston, the capitol of Jamaica. This school is where many young boys who have nowhere else to go come [...]

Jamaica Blog #1

I can’t believe that I’m here! I’m finally, finally in Jamaica. This trip has been so long anticipated, so long planned for that it began to feel like it was never actually going to happen. I’m surprised at how, although we are in a third world country, I still feel like I’m in America. The [...]