March 2009: Kingston, Jamaica

Title: Jamaica Trip
Location: Kingston, Jamaica
Description: Business and mini-vacation
Start Date: 2009-03-02
End Date: 2009-03-16

This trip to JA was just like the others I’ve taken every other month or so for the past year, with a few exceptions. The guy I was talking to is no longer in the picture, which took at bit of adjusting, especially since I was so used to spending time with him and his friends on my visits to the island. Also, this was primarily a business trip: I was given five websites to accomplish in two weeks (why do I take on such tasks? Don’t know; ask me on a more creative day). Also, I met a long-lost cousin of mine, Germaine, who turns out to be one of the coolest people I know. He (thankfully) got me out the house and took me out to get my mind of work and other unmentionables. I met a few of his friends, one of whom is quickly becoming one of my good friends (shout out to Tracy!).

The two weeks I’d spent there made this trip one of the longest trips I’ve taken to Jamaica in a long time. It was nice being able to wake up every day without feeling rushed to accomplish any particular task other than my work schedule. Grandma’s house feels just as much like home as my family’s house in Florida, which is a beautiful feeling in itself. I found myself, once again, in love with the atmosphere of Kingston. It was life in Florida, multiplied. More of our people, more things to do, an even hotter sun, even sexier beaches. Every time I visit, I find myself gravitating closer to the idea of moving there. Slowly but surely, it seems to be working out that way. I bring and leave more clothes with every trip; the next time I go, I’ll need nothing more than a carry-on bag (which will save me the $15 to $25 a bag that Spirit loves to charge passengers). I finally opened a bank account there, which brings me one step closer to fully establishing my business down there.

I went out a few times, with either Germaine or Tracy, and met a few cool people along the way. I went to a magazine launch party, Timber-lee music video launch, couple of parties (Quad, Pure, and Fiction), fashion show, and Lime Cay (finally!!!). I’d say that overall, it was one of the funnest and most productive trips to Jamaica I’ve ever taken. I also (miraculously) got over you-know-who. All it took was him sending me the most self-absorbed message I’ve ever seen on MSN. I can’t even remember why i was so involved in the first place. But I thank him for being so distant and cold towards me (although nothing I’ve ever done earned such treatment). Without such behavior, I never would’ve had the much-needed epiphany that has allowed me to regain my confidence and start dating again. Do I still care about him? …Yes. I don’t hate him, and never will, and wish him the very best. But that won’t stop me from living my life.

So all in all, I’d say that this was a MUCH needed trip. I needed the business, and needed the closure. Thankfully, God graced me with both. I’m so thankful. I’m planning my next trip to Jamaica for mid-April, around Easter time. My friend Tiffany and I are going down for carnival. This will be my first carnival experience, so I’m slightly excited! We are going to wear costumes and everything. It should be interesting. :)

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