Jamaica 2008

January 21, 2009

Sometime in the fall of 2008 my buddy Bryan calculated that the way our holidays fell this year, we could get a full two weeks off by taking only 6 days of vacation. I was hesitant… having family and a girlfriend here, I wasn’t sure how that was going to fly. But after some long discussions and and a few hours on a plane, I ended up with this:

Spent a lot of time in this chair with this view.

Which of course eventually led to this:

If this doesn\'t sum up the trip, I don\'t know what does

Good times were had. With four of us traveling together there was a good amount of concern that we might kill each other after week 1, but we managed to survive. A lot of that is probably due to the commitment to flexibility (read: refusal to plan anything) that ended up working quite well. This strategy also helped us easily absorb travel hiccups, such as me arriving 24 hours prior to them thanks to American Airlines commitment to quality.

We ended up seeing a good part of the island. Basically looked like this:

  • 12/22 Flew into Kingston
  • 12/22-12/23 Stayed at the Hilton by myself in Kingston drinking red stripe at the pool bar.
  • 12/23 My companions arrive, and we drive to Port Maria on the north coast.
  • 12/23-12/26 Blue Harbour (some serious Ian Flemming territory)
  • 12/26-12/28 Random shitty hotel in Montego Bay
  • 12/28-1/1 Spent New Years in an All-Inclusive resort, Riu
  • 1/1-1/2 Back at the Hilton winding down and ensuring our bags are suitable for air travel.
On a related note, books consumed during trip:
  1. Outliers: The Story of Success (Malcolm Gladwell)
  2. Boomsday (Christopher Buckley)
  3. Live and Let Die (Ian Flemming, read while sitting under 10 miles from where it was written)
  4. Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse: A Novel (Victor Gischler)
  5. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies (Jared Diamond)
I think it was a pretty well rounded trip and met my requirements of being primarily vacation, not travel. Meaning I came back relaxed rather than needing another vacation. I spent plenty of time at the beach, read a lot of books, got a bit sunburnt.

I’ve got a few more things to say about Jamaica which I will probably spread across a few posts just to pad it all out. Stay tuned.


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