LIVING LIFE AS A LOCAL | KINGSTON, JAMAICA

Sunset in Kingston.

The last stop on my Jamaican adventure was Kingston, Jamaica. I’d been to Kingston back in 2017 but this time I was hoping to get out a little as see more of the capital.

Trench town - Kingston

Downtown Kingston
Downtown Kingston
Norman Manley Airport, Kingston

While in Kingston, I stayed with my friend, his sister and nephews. As he was working all day, I was left to venture out on my own. Kingston is traditionally known to not be very safe. Fortunately, the neighbours were happy to head around town with me. However, on the days where I strayed away a little I did feel quite safe. I made sure not to carry too much money with me and the only valuable I had was my phone (other than my life – obvs).

The area in which I stayed traditionally is not where you would find the average tourist. But you know me. I always want an authentic experience. Staying in Trench Town, I got a real sense of community. Everyone knew everyone and news travelled fast. The amount of people who knew ‘Ashlee from foreign’ was around was crazy. People knew my name and I still was yet to meet them.

There was not loads to see in Trench Town so I’d go for walks downtown to the market. I also spent time getting to know some of the locals living in the area and learning a bit about what life is like. It was no 5 star hotel or modern hostel. After a couple hours, I got used to the dogs and goats running around together. Filling up a bucket to flush the toilet. Having to head outside to the park to use the WiFi and having to purchase a WiFi pass. It was all part of the experience. Evenings were spent blaring music while sipping on Wray and Nephew (rum) – just living life and being thankful for it.

I loved being back in Kingston. I missed the nephews and the sweet little girl who lives upstairs. One of my favourite parts about being back in Kingston were the cheese and beef patties. I HIGHLY recommend that if you ever come across a Tastee, you HAVE to try their cheese and beef patty. They are so good I had multiple a day.

So there it is. The end of my Jamaican adventure. Staying in Kingston and living like a local was very humbling and reminded me how fortunate I am, especially to be able to travel and see the world.

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13 Comments

  1. January 9, 2020 / 5:23 pm

    I’ve been to Jamaica twice now on holiday but I hastily haven’t had the chance to see Kingston yet but I would love to. I think we may be going back this year because we just love the country so I think I’ll make sure we visit Kingston this time! X

  2. January 9, 2020 / 10:07 pm

    It’s great that you felt fairly safe even when out on your own. I know the news travels fast thing can be overwhelming but I kinda like it, gives a real sense of community x

    Sophie

  3. January 13, 2020 / 4:51 pm

    I love that you stayed in an area with such a vibrant and close knit community, I love getting a real feel for a place when I stay there and it sounds and looks like you got that experience with authentic food and amazing company! I have yet to visit Jamaica but it’s been on my list for such a long time, hopefully I get to visit one day! The cheese and beef patties sound delicious. Looking forward to seeing what is next for you and what adventure you will embark on next. Thanks for sharing!

  4. April 6, 2020 / 5:16 am

    The place is really simple, but it holds so much beauty. 🙂 I miss going out and feel the sun’s heat while travelling….

  5. April 6, 2020 / 4:48 pm

    the quote on the billboard – is that from bob marley? i like it! thanks so much for sharing all these colorful photos.

  6. Kuntala Bhattacharya
    April 6, 2020 / 7:11 pm

    That sounds like a unique experience. Travelling to a certain place and living like a local is something everyone wont be able to. I like your adventurous mind and explore something different than the usual track. Appreciated.

  7. April 6, 2020 / 7:47 pm

    Visiting Jamaica is high on my bucket list. I have good friends who are from there but I probably won’t be there as a local. So it’s cool to hear about that!

  8. Kristine Nicole Alessandra
    April 6, 2020 / 11:28 pm

    I have not been to Jamaica but I would love to do so someday. You sure had a really nice experience and I am glad that you enjoyed your stay. The memories would definitely last a lifetime!

  9. April 7, 2020 / 7:43 am

    I have heard a lot of good stuff about Kingston, Jamaica. It sounds like a fun place to be at. I would also like to see their gastronomic scene.

  10. April 7, 2020 / 8:44 pm

    Jamaica is so cool! It’s always been one of my favorite places to visit. I can’t wait to go back!

  11. April 7, 2020 / 10:48 pm

    Love the photography, the colours are so vibrant

  12. Melanie williams
    April 7, 2020 / 11:59 pm

    LOVE all your piccys. this looks like a fab place to visit with so much vibrancy and energy for sure xx

  13. April 14, 2020 / 9:22 pm

    I never been to Jamaica but I like how what some would consider as negative tasks to do on vacation, you viewed them as part of the experience. Your images were so bright and colorful, it’s really pumping me up to wanting to see the beach this summer!

    Natonya | https://justnatonya.wordpress.com/  

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