Tuesday, May 25, 2010

El Caribe

I guess I should come to terms with the fact that vacation is over. It's actually been over 3 weeks since we got back from our honeymoon to Jamaica but I still find myself drifting back to the Caribbean during those duller moments at work or during my commute. We had an amazing time learning about Montego Bay, lounging by the beach and taking pictures of it all to incite jealousy from all our friends and family.

That's going to be all the photos you get for now. Mostly because I'm lazy and don't want to sift through the hundreds of other photos. The ones above are a few of my favorites anyway. 

(Side note, let's hope for a quick and more peaceful resolution to the violence and unrest in Kingston. According to the BBC, there have been "at least 31 deaths in the anti-drug offensive." Everyone send your good thoughts and prayers toward the lovely island of Jamaica.) 

Needless to say, the vacation was everything a vacation should be: relaxing, rejuvenating, and interesting. There's nothing worse than being on vacation and after a couple of relaxing days, having that feeling of "Well, I've done the pool and beach thing, but now what?" There was always something to do around the resort. Kayaking in the ocean was a popular choice, but probably the best one was the impromptu 3 hour hike starting at the beach and climbing 2000 feet up to Johnny Cash's house in Cinnamon Hill. Along the way, we learned so much about about the history of the land and the plantation. The several-hundred-year-old structures are still standing and some of the churches are still functional (see the church in the photo, above).  I also really admire the Jamaican approach toward medicine. They always try the natural approach first by using the countless varieties of plants and trees native to the island. Popular natural options include brewing teas and making ointments from the leaves of plants. 

All in all, it was a very educational and truly wonderful trip. Many thanks to the Hub for being a great travel partner. Here's to many more trips like this one.