It’s been one week since we’ve arrived in Kingston, Jamaica. Surprises have been a plenty despite doing research. I am hesitant to overdue the research because it tends to generate expectations in my mind and if those expectations aren’t met, then disappointment sets in. These are my first impressions of JA…
The mornings are beautiful! White butterflies flutter about in the thousands and the sky is filled with them. Vivid flowers spew over the tall cement walls along the sidewalks and strong succulents fill every garden bed scattered throughout the city. The people are super friendly, always saying “Good Morning” and “Welcome to Jamaica!”. We’ve been given some new names too….whities, blanc blanc, dolla babies and snow bunnies.
Our coworkers have been beyond kind! They all ensured us they are here to help us in any way and want to make sure we are safe. We were welcomed with open arms. Their sense of humour has been a great bonus as well…Jamaicans work hard and know when to lighten up and laugh a little. Something I think Canadians can improve on! Can’t always take yourself too seriously.
However, the cost of living here is outrageous. I am paying more in rent than I have ever paid in Canada (and I am not living in a fancy condo). Food is also expensive and I figured island fruits would be cheap….well, some are and some aren’t. We’ve already gone grocery shopping 3 times and we’ve dialed in on some cheaper items, such as ginger root, eggplant and rice. Scotch bonnets are local, spicy peppers (that are also affordable) that are delicious in omelettes and stir-frys. Jerk anything is delicious and the sauce aisle in the supermarket is my favourite aisle so far. So many tasty sauces to choose from.
More excitement to come. Stay tuned…
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