Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Unseen Jamaica







It might have been easier to continue posting about the Amizade WVU students' progress on the classroom which was started yesterday, but instead I wanted to show some quiet scenes of the surrounding countryside which shows a Jamaica not found in flashy tourist brochures.

The top two pictures are taken on the main highway that connects Montego Bay with the Southern and Western part of the island where I presently am. What is significant here is that the area is mountainous, tropical, and rather unpopulated. Unlike Tanzania, the street is paved and not clogged with a stream of people pushing or carrying all kinds of items on their heads. The lady in the top photo is not carrying water but is wearing a large yellow sun hat to contrast her hot pink dress. Everyday the temperature has been in the high 80's with some serious humidity, so if you're not a heat lover, I suggest you travel elsewhere.

The third photo shows the landscape around the corner from the housing tract where I live. The empty carts are used to transport sugar cane, which can be seen in the background. This cane was planted in January and will be harvested next year at this time, when it is over three times as tall.

The last photo is of a little beer stand near my lodging. I'm not sure when it opens or if it opens. Such spots dot my road and, in the evening, has patrons socializing, drinking or loudly pounding dominos on the counter during lively games.

Tomorrow I promise to "people" my post, but please understand, I have not yet found the proper opportunity to snap a photo of a serious dredlocked Rastafarian, and may avoid such an encounter for the sake of, let's say,disgression. I like you guys, but.....................!

11 comments:

  1. Marvelous and interesting post as always, Lee, and as always, I love your photos. I do like that you show what most of us would never see of Jamaica -- even if we went there, unless it was with a program like Amizade. It was interesting today that I heard from my former boss and he and his wife are still in Tanzania. This makes their third or fourth year. Hope your week continues to go well.

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  2. There really are elements that remind me of Belize. Again, it's fascinating to hear the way the country and people appear to you. It's definitely not what you get in the slick ads. It's thought-provoking to see the littel shack where people gather and have so much enjoyment after hours. Those carts are so picturesque. I hope you got a close-up or can get one.

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  3. There isn't any one thing I'm focusing on in this set of pictures, like I did with the Ceiba tree yesterday. So all I can do is echo the two previous posters: What an incredible experience it has been to see a world most of us will never see, and to see it through your eyes.

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  4. It's nice to see the place. The lady looks very elegant.

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