The People In Jamaica – Blunt Honesty, Big Hearts, Best Friends

by Therese
29. March 2016

We love when travelers in our community share with us how they experienced the island of One Love. Here is a story from Therese from Norway –sharing the crucial part the Jamaican people had in making her stay unforgettable.

It was a time for firsts. It was my first time going to Jamaica, and my very first time to travel all by myself. It was all kind of a “spur of the moment”­thing. I was nervous, not knowing what to expect, and I had decided to say goodbye to Norway and go to Jamaica only 10 days before leaving. I always keep an open mind, and of course going to Jamaica made no exception of this. Despite being warned by everyone about potentially being robbed, raped, kidnapped and murdered, I was pretty safe in my decision and ready for a new adventure. I’m a firm believer that every little thing is gonna be alright… no matter what.

One thing I quickly picked up on was the attention from Jamaican men. As a “whitey” and “fluffy gyal” it did not take long before I got noticed. As soon as I stepped outside Sangster International Airport I got approached and before I knew it I even had places to stay throughout the island, but I kindly declined their offers. Throughout my travels I did get lots of proposals, but I never felt threatened. I quickly understood that Jamaicans are very, very honest and blunt ­ what they see is what they say, and I found it very refreshing.

I usually took their approaches with a smile and more than often struck up a conversation. That way I made new friends, found people who willingly helped me with questions or other concerns I had, and had people looking after me. Especially in Kingston this was a good trait I found in most of the people living in the neighbourhood of my hostel, and I always felt perfectly safe when I was out on my walkabouts.

I found Jamaicans in general to be very proud, heartwarm, helpful and kind ­ it was a cultural experience I truly never had before. I made some connections online before I arrived and these people helped me out a lot. They really worked as a safety net for me and I was glad to have the chance to meet up with many of them during my travels.

Couchsurfing I had a great experience with a man in Montego Bay – staying with him gave me a chance to for a moment live like a true Jamaican. He was an excellent host, showing me around, introducing me to other locals in the community he lived in and they were all so friendly and open. I had a coconut at the front stairs with one of the neighbours telling me all kinds of stories those are the moments that truly stick with you. And oh, how I miss those fresh coconuts.

I also stayed with a lovely woman I linked up with over Instagram, and I’m convinced she was sent from up above. I was coming down with one of those dreadful ”climate colds”, and by the time I left her house I had gotten rid the worst of my cough and stuffy nose. I’m forever greatful for her kindness. What more? Well I got myself two ”mothers” in Treasure Beach, they were so lovely and welcoming. I was the very first guest at a newly started B&B, and I was welcomed into their famiy in a way I never would have expected. I always tried taking the time to stop and talk to those I met on the road, sometimes leading to the great company I found with some locals in Negril, showing me the best time ever in the otherwise super touristy area.

I am completely in awe of all the people I met along my way and I’m sure the universe went out of its way for me to meet every single one of them ­ now they are such a big part of my love for this country. Such vibrant people with a love for life that exceeds everything. The positivity of the Jamaicans really rubs off on you, and I dare to say they made me a much better person ­ trying to adapt the «no problem»­lifestyle into my own. Because really, there is no problem.


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  • Stuart Johnston

    This is a beautiful, albeit accurate, description of Jamaica. My own experience, rooted in business dealings, is very much the same. For, even with the hipster types, Jamaicans own a degree of innocence long gone in America. So, yes. Come! The people are refreshing!

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