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The Lazy Traveler’s Guide to Jamaica

Back in June, D and I celebrated our first anniversary and took our honeymoon in Ochos Rios, Jamaica. We love to travel and this was our first time in Jamaica. Upon landing we noticed the dense greenery and beautiful mountains surrounding the airport. We had no idea what to expect other than maybe some reggae music, dreads, fruity rum drinks, and those lovely Jamaican accents. Seriously, those accents alone are worth the trip. Sometimes I wish I was back just so I could be surrounded by the Jamaican accent..

Before we left, I had googled some of the top attractions in our region of Jamaica, and the whole of Jamaica as it’s not terribly big. If you’re going for a four-night stay, let me recommend some of the things we did.

Day 1: We didn’t have much planned for this day, but to get to know the resort and see the ocean. It was a good thing, too, because the bus ride to our resort took for. ev. er. The bus driver made it into a little tour of the sights we were passing, but we were still exhausted by the time we made it to our hotel. We stayed at the Jewel Dunn’s River and I would recommend it to my brother, my neighbor, and the president. It was a great resort. Lots to do, free tennis courts with a pro on staff who basically gives free tennis lessons. Tons of drinks on the menu so that you can try until you find something you love. Several pools, hot tubs, eateries, and the beach was incredible. Beautiful private beach. Not incredibly big, but it was never jam-packed. Once we arrived to our resort, we were greeted with some rum cider concoction which was so delicious that we requested a second. Our bags got lost when another couple mistakenly claimed them and took them off the bus. That may or may not have contributed to the second round of rum drinks. But the concierge got us our bags back within 2 hours of being at the hotel.

Day 2: We relaxed. Ate our buffet breakfast which was delicious and had many options ranging from traditional American breakfast foods to Jamaican foods to make your own omelet stations. We lounged by the beach most of the day. The beach was beautiful, clean, and child-free which at this point in our lives is relaxing. No kids screaming, crying, We like kids. But sometimes it’s nice to have a quieter experience.

Day 3: We went on a tour of Kingston. This was not worth the money. Plain and simple. The tour guides don’t really let you out of the tour bus except maybe three times. Once to see some monument and changing of the guards. Which was dumb. Once to see the tour of Bob Marley’s house which was cool and I would recommend if you’re a Bob Marley fan. It was definitely crowded, but worth it. Interesting info about the King of Reggae. Another highlight of the trip was eating ice cream from Devon House in Kingston. That place is delicious. I got the rum raisin ice cream and it tasted so fresh and rumtastic. So I guess the tour had some highlights but wasn’t worth the price we paid for it.

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Day 4: This was probably our most fun day. We went to Dunn’s River Falls and hiked up the waterfall. Yes. We did that. And no I did not know that you actually hike UP the WATERFALL or else I wouldn’t have signed us up. I thought you hike alongside the waterfall which is a completely different thing and actually sounds fun. Nevertheless, we joined hands with our barefoot guide and hike up a waterfall. It was scary, I was nervous the entire time, but we did it and we won’t do it again. So I guess it was fun. Then we went to Mystic Mountain and bobsled-ed (? past tense of to bobsled?) down the mountain. Super fun, but a quick ride. If you’re going there you’ll definitely want to get the package that includes the ziplining tour of the canopy. It includes a monorail ride up the mountain and then ziplining down the mountain. The single most fun thing we did on our Jamaican honeymoon. We would totally zipline again and again. The guides are hilarious and super skilled.

Some things we ate during our trip were beef patties. No, not Krabby patties. Beef patties are like a puffy, flaky pastry with ground beef inside. Except we ate them at a fast food place so they were more like the Taco Bell of beef patties. An experience to say the least. We also ate goat curry and ox tail. Two of D’s favorites. And our overall favorite was the jerk chicken and festival (think cornbread stick) from Scotchy’s across from the resort. So good.

Vacationing in Jamaica was a blast. The laid back atmosphere really promotes a relaxing experience. The staff were very friendly and it was nice to speak the language of the country we were visiting. If you’re looking for a relaxed, but semi-adventurous vacation I would recommend Day 1: Relaxing beachside, cocktail in hand. Day 2: Choose a tour, any tour. You just might learn something. Day 3: Relaxing beachside, two cocktails in hands. Day 4: Mystic Mountain Ziplining.

There you have it, folks. The lazy traveler’s guide to Jamaica. Here are some links below 🙂 Yah, mon.

Jewel Dunn’s River Resort

Mystic Mountain

Dunn’s River Falls

Have you ever visited Jamaica? What was your favorite part of the trip?

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An unconventional movie review: Interstellar

   

  

  

  

 About two weeks ago D and I went to the movie theater on a Tuesday to see Interstellar. Our local theater has $5 tickets on Tuesdays and five bucks is just the right price for us cheapies to go to the movie. As we were paying for our tickets, the guy working the counter asked us to choose our seats. Inside I was thinking this must be some new procedure because too many hoodrat kids are sneaking into different movies.

We humored him and chose our seats, not fully intending on sitting there specifically. Once we walked into the theater we totally understood the whole choosing seats thing. They had replaced the old standard stadium seats with leather, automatic recliners! After high-fiving, we decided we had to buy popcorn. I mean, how else can you sit in a leather recliner and watch a movie?

Without giving too much away, Interstellar was one of the best quality movies I’ve ever seen in my life. It’s kind of a sci-fi movie but not as nerdy. With a cast like Matthew McConaghey (spelling? I don’t care..you know who he is), Jessica Chastain, and loads of other famous people this movie could not fail. The plot was great. Normally, I’m the type of annoying wifey at home that’s always guessing out loud what happens next and my patient husband puts up with it.

Now that I think about it this is probably why he takes me to the movie theater..so that I’ll shut up! But Interstellar is the sort of movie that shuts down an annoying plot-guesser like me. I would make my predictions in my head and they were so wrong. Every time. In a good way.

This movie made us think..like philosophical stuff that gave us headaches. It’s the type of movie that rocks your world and you have no choice but to think about things. But usually when I have high expectations things never work out. So, scratch what I said earlier. Just see the movie. It might be good, or it might not. FIfty-fifty odds.

Did you see Interstellar? What did you think? Did it blow your mind like it did mine? Drop me a comment and let’s talk philosophies with no degrees.

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