The Beautiful Blue Mountains

blue mountains jamaica

I made it to the Blue Mountains!

Like I mentioned in my last post a fortnight ago, I was looking at moving out of Kingston and exploring the more rural side of Jamaica. Well, I’ve done just that and headed up in to the Blue Mountains for a taste of rural Caribbean life. For those of you who don’t know Jamaica well, the Blue Mountains are just north of Kingston (the capital, where I was previously staying). They’re called the Blue Mountains because they’re almost always covered in an eerie bluish mist – it’s quite a sight to behold actually (they almost look like something out of a fantasy movie).

Speaking of movies, I’ve cut down on my Netflix addition (hooray!) because the internet up here can’t support it (boo!). I have to say though, it’s nice to get away from technology for a bit and just properly chill out. I’m writing this from an internet cafĂ© in Kingston at the Courtleigh Hotel and whilst it’s nice to catch up with family on Skype and get a new post out, I’m quite looking forward to getting back up in to the mountains and away from technology again! What’s happening to me?!

I’ve heard the coffee up in the Blue Mountains is superb so I might go and try some of that (I’m an avid coffee fanatic) and there’s some fantastic hikes and walks around that I’d love to try. I’ll get lost if I go on my own, but our amazing host  Andre (I wanted to share a picture of him here but he won’t let me!) has said he’ll take me up in his Jeep, then go on a few hikes with me. I’ve said it before but the people here are just so friendly and I’ll be forever grateful for that. Almost a month here and I feel at home.

Andre told me of a fantastic spa up here in the Blue Mountains called Strawberry Hill. It looks pretty expensive but I think I might treat myself to a few nights there – maybe their massages can sort out my bad back! I think I’ll also treat Andre and his family to a few days here as a thank you for everything they’ve done for me. They really deserve it.

No idea where I’m off to next, or how long I’ll be here, so keep your eyes open for a new post with more details.

Likkle More,

-Max

One week in Kingston

Half Way Tree Square

Hello again everyone! It’s the end of my first week here in Jamaica and I’m still in Kingston (although I’m moving on soon I think). This city has surprised me in so, so many ways – I’ll talk more about that in a minute. The weather is still glorious and the food here is to die for. If you said the only type of food I could ever eat again in my life is Jamaican I’d say to you “Where do I sign up?!”. Angelina, a lovely Jamaican native who lives in the apartment below where I’m staying, invited us over for dinner last night and cooked the most amazing Jamaican Jerk Chicken that I’ve ever tasted! I have no idea how to make it, but she insists this recipe is “close enough” which is as good praise as any in my eyes!

Anyway, back to Kingston as a city. Before I came here to visit I had people telling me all sorts of horror stories about how I’m going to get robbed and won’t ever make it back alive…. I’m not saying these things don’t happen here but I will say that this is the friendliest place I’ve ever visited. People will go out of their way just to make you happy. Of course, you don’t wander in to any of the dodgy parts of town but that’s just common sense – it’s the same anywhere. Stick to the well known areas and you’d have an amazing time here.

I feel like there’s so much more to do in this city that I haven’t discovered yet. So far I’ve been spending most of my days down at the beach, by the pool or checking what movies are on Netflix and chilling out whilst watching them (alcohol is cheap here and the local beers are amazing, which makes for a great night!). Surprisingly, the internet connection is actually really good so I can stream Netflix even in HD without issue. It also means I can watch iPlayer and not miss any shows from back home thanks to my VPN! I should really get out more though, I didn’t come all the way over here just to replicate my couch-potato life from back in the UK….

Think I’m going to head off to the Bob Marley museum in the next few days. I promised some friends back home that I’d go and see it (I think Bob Marley is about as far as their Jamaican knowledge goes!) so it would be rude not to check it out. Other than that it’ll be more chilled out days at the beach and more delicious food courtesy of Angelina. I’ll be moving on soon, possibly to visit the Blue Mountains which look stunning (picture below) so posts might be a bit infrequent while I move around.

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The stunning blue mountains

Catch you next time.

-Max