Many of us arrive to Jamaica on holiday for the first time, and literally fall in love with the country. We leave vowing to return the following year, and many proceed to do just that.
You arrive from Belgium, Germany, Canada, Japan and the United States, with images you have stored in your head of Jamaica from television, or tourist advertising video’s after Jamaican runners blaze trails at International track events. “I am going to see where such great talent as Usain Bolt & Asa Powell lives, you tell people willing to listen.”
So you arrive at Montegobay Airport after several hours in flight, anxiously ready for a good time.
This is the land where Bob Marley lived, “yeah mon” The hotel shuttle bus arrives sixty minutes late to take you to your hotel, its’ hot as ever, but no problem you tell yourself, I am on vacation.
Your vacation involves, sun, sand, extensive drinking and living in beach wear for the next ten or twelve days. You wear sarong skirts, flip flop rubber slippers, beach hats etc. “life is good here in the tropics, you tell anybody willing to listen” The drum pan- chicken is great, the jerk lobster at Hellshire Beach is to die for, the rum punch at Appleton Estates is a permanent memory you will never forget, and !!!!!!!
Several trips or years later you arrive in Kingston to live, perhaps bringing many of the same sarong type skirts and flowered print shirts you wore in Negril or Montego bay while on vacation.
You may now be wondering, “can this be the same place, that I fell in love with and decided to move to?” “This is surely not the Jamaica I saw while I was on vacation as a tourist you tell yourself, I can barely understand what people are saying to me, this never happened while I was staying at Sandals beach resort” You have now been here for a few months and abit confused.
Kingstons’ reality allows you to see more of Jamaicas’ day to day life, away from Ocho Rios, Negril Montegobay and all inclusive hotels. The truth is, you may choose to not live in Kingston the city, but you will need to find out how to acquire a work permit, how to get a tax Id TRN number, and where to find furniture and appliances for the place you have leased.
The word ” soon come, or pon dee road ” will now become part of your new vocabulary.
Welcome indeed, this is the real Jamaica.
Many people decide to live in Jamaica because they love the dynamic energy, and vibe of the culture.Yet, there are those who decide that this is country is far too difficult for them to manage and bolt in less than a year.
The key to moving to Jamaica, is research, research, research and talk to several people who have moved here from the outside, and then decide if this is a country you can call home.