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SOL: Reggae, Bob Marley & Jamaica

by TWL Working Mom


There was a time in my life during college where I lived in an apartment with my best friend & we lived next to a girl & her boyfriend who was from Zambia. They introduced me to Steel Pulse, Bob Marley, Collie Buddz and all other reggae. I became slightly obsessed.

Just the peacefulness of reggae and the mellow beats, I loved it. Steel Pulse was and is still my favorite band. We used to go see them in concerts like every year that they came to NYC. Being in NYC, it gave me many opportunities to see different concerts and bands. I was so lucky.

For my birthday in 2012 my friends and I decided to go to Jamaica. It was one of the best trips ever. We made many friends and we partied hard.

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We didn’t stay in the all inclusive resorts and everyone said that we were crazy to stay on the strip because it was a dangerous place to be. Obviously, we were young and dumb and had no fear.jam 2

Therefore, we stayed on the strip and stayed out to all hours of the night, met some people and did whatever we could to enjoy the island.

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We went in March and it was extremely hot, which was amazing because it was snowing back home.

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The best part of the Caribbean is that the water is so blue. Not only is it blue, but the sand on the bottom of the water is white and you can see everything on the ground so no little critters can get you. The water also extremely warm, even at night, very warm! So amazing.

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A fun restaurant we went to was the Jamaican bob sledding restaurant. I cannot for the life of me remember the name of it, but it was awesome. Obviously we had to take this picture. I think we drank starting early in the morning to late, late at night. Good times!

jam 6This was the main strip in Montego Bay – not a bad little town. Really nice to visit and I honestly wouldn’t recommend just staying in the all inclusive. We had so much fun roaming the streets and meeting people. But then again, it is not a trip for everything – not so much a location for families, I guess unless you do the all inclusive.

Jamaica was a place for a girls trip. I enjoyed the trip with my girls. I would love, love, love to go back with them.



Beautiful Jamaica.

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To end my Jamaica remembrance with my tattoo quote that was part of a Bob Marley song that was the quote of my college/after college life time: “ONE GOOD THING ABOUT MUSIC, WHEN IT HITS YOU FEEL NO PAIN!”


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Debbie Lynn April 11, 2017 - 3:56 am

I feel like I escaped to Jamaica for a few minutes and enjoyed the journey. You brought it to life. I LOVE reggae music and could hear it as I read your story. 🙂

teachworkoutlove April 11, 2017 - 4:22 pm

Thank you ! So glad u liked it

mbush17 April 11, 2017 - 4:25 am

That is so cool! I love how connecting with other students help you experience all sorts of amazing things!

arjeha April 11, 2017 - 7:48 am

Thanks for taking us on your trip. Good friends, good times…what could be better? Beautiful pictures.

teachworkoutlove April 11, 2017 - 4:22 pm

Thank you !

Alice Nine April 11, 2017 - 8:05 am

I have great memories of Jamaica. Fresh crab dinner by candlelight at dusk at a table set in the sand beside the surf … linens and wonderful service & food. Very romantic! Markets. River falls. Mountain villages. Trucks belching diesel exhaust as they climbed the mountain road. Buses with chickens as passengers, with people hanging on to the top and the back. Scary traffic that seemed to follow no road rules. I remember that the towns and cities did not sleep at night. And everywhere, the sound of reggae.

teachworkoutlove April 11, 2017 - 4:21 pm

Yummm so nice

teachworkoutlove April 11, 2017 - 4:22 pm

Yes no traffic rules !

Roseelaineblog April 11, 2017 - 9:04 am

You have had so many amazing trips away ?

Darin Johnston April 11, 2017 - 7:03 pm

What an awesome trip and awesome memories to share with us! Thank you for allowing us into your trip and bringing us along to your version of Jamaica! 🙂

teachworkoutlove April 11, 2017 - 9:09 pm

Thank you !!!

Jhunelle J April 12, 2017 - 7:59 am

Glad you enjoyed it here, must’ve been such a great birthday. I LOVE that you didn’t opt to stay at an all-inclusive resort, and actually got to experience real people and culture.

teachworkoutlove April 12, 2017 - 8:20 am

Yes it was such a different experience. So much better in my opinion !

Jhunelle J April 12, 2017 - 8:50 am

Mine too. Not every visitor would be willing to do so, big up yuhself (ie. ratings to you)!


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