An Expat’s Transition Album: Visions in My Head

Thanks for visiting my transition album. This is a visual story that tells my changing view of life in Jamaica as experienced over the past 3 years. It uses other people’s videos to tell a “typical” account.

Dale

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1. When I was thinking about traveling to Jamaica… here were some of my first mental images…

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2a. Here is what I saw on my first vacation to the island….

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2b. It’s so beautiful!! And so different… And so unique…

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3. I enjoyed it so much, I brought a bunch of my friends and family and all we talked about was how awesome it would be to live in Jamaica!

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4. I made another trip and I walked around and talked with lots of people. What stood out is how friendly and welcoming people were. It was another great trip! (N.B. This clip opens up in a new window.)

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.5. On this trip I also got around bit and started to see people living their daily lives. Could that be me? What were their lives like? Would I be accepted?

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6. Then I visited Kingston for the first time, and saw a very different view of life in Jamaica.

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.7a. On my first visit through downtown Kingston my eyes were opened to the contrast to what I had originally expected…

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7b. As I met more ordinary people I started to notice there were complex things happening under the surface…

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8. More contrasts… oftentimes, this is how the world sees Jamaica…

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9. Now I started to really pay attention to people, and their daily struggle to survive…

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10. The Rastafarian religion is a tremendous force in Jamaican life, as I could tell from early encounters…

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11. This is a close reflection of daily life in Kingston for many Jamaicans in inner-city communities. The locations of this video are only a few miles from any point in town…

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12. I sometimes meet foreigners who just don’t get local culture. Memo: Jamaica is said to have more churches per square mile than any other country in the world…

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13. Get comfortable seeing farm animals wandering all over Kingston, Montego Bay and the cities and towns of Jamaica.

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14. The children of Jamaica can be seen walking and playing on the streets daily.

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Some of Jamaica’s favorite foods:

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Ripe Ackee

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Cooked Ackee with plantains

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Breadfruit

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Boiled Breadfruit

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Fried Fish

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Fish & Festival

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Green Banana

A view of one highly rated girls schools in Kingston Jamaica.

A sample of some upscale Kingston houses

Here are some north coast properties…

The Jamaica you are likely to see and live in as an Expat includes neighborhoods such as Norbrook, Cherry Gardens & Jacks Hill.

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The final choice to move to Jamaica is ultimately your choice, as the country is indeed incredibly beautiful. This is a reminder of some of the reasons why the idea of moving to live in Jamaica is so compelling!

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