I leave for Jamaica in less than a week (now only 2 days to go!) It’s the scariest and biggest thing I’ve ever done and I’m a whole mixed bag of emotions as I prepare to leave.
I’m always asked ‘why Jamaica’ and I wish I had some articulate response to that question other than ‘well, why not?’ or some fumbled explanation as to my family heritage, the interesting anthropology modules they have, the sun…. which we’re desperately lacking.
Honestly, Jamaica was one of three options that I was initially too afraid to put at the top of the list, instead I put Jamaica between the ‘safer’ or more standard options of a European and an American university, but then on a whim, one that would lead to 6 months of ensued panic, excitement and stress, I emailed the year abroad office to change the order and place Jamaica as my first choice. I think it was the only place I wanted to go. Having grandparents who moved from there over half a century ago, growing up eating Caribbean food, and hearing about this place so much, I just wanted to know what it was like for myself.
To travel to another country specifically as a student, someone whose job is learning, will create a very different experience than the traditional holidaying most people associate Jamaica with.
If people asked me what is the one place you have always wanted to go, I would always think of Jamaica, so I’m excited to be able to fulfil that wish!
while I’m there I hope to use it as a chance to finally get used to blogging, I’m aiming to do monthly updates including: people, places, thoughts and prayers, and will hopefully post many of the drafts that have been gathering dust for months… keep checking back here (or via facebook if that’s easier) for updates.
wish me luck (and please be praying if you like that kinda thing) as a prepare to leave.