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.
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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