Schlagwort-Archive: Jamaica

#addtionalstory asks: What makes you happy, Kingston?

Something irrational made me happy.
In Half Way Tree, Kingston I started to wonder what the people here makes them happy.

And because I didn’t want to assume something that I could never know I just went on the street and started asking some people at the transportation center and at the Mandela Park in Kingston.
Here is what they said…

 

 

 

What makes you happy? 
Did you expect these answers?

Series: 5 signs you are in Jamaica

Ever wondered what happens when you go to sleep and the next day you wake up in Jamaica?

What cool things can you do in Jamaica? Things that are not so obvious when you think about this crazy caribbean Island for the first time?

Let’s see which are 5 serious signs that you are in Jamaica, beside stereotypical Reggae, Beach, Ganja and Rum!

 

  1. Rasta Culture

Long dreadlocks, green, gold and red hats, bags and flags, Haile Selassie and Jah…

Even if the majority of the Jamaican people call themselves Christians the signs and symbols of the rastafarian culture are visible in everyday moments.

The strong visibility is also made possibly through the music and the cultural spreading.

The Rastafari Movement is a religion which became popular in the 1930s in Jamaica and was introduced to western cultures through the worldwide spreading of Reggae music in the 1970s.  The origins of this religion are ethiopian- hebrew and are related to the bible.

If you are in Jamaica and also in other regions of the Caribbean you will always see a lot of Rastafarian.

IMG_7368                A rastafarian priest during a religious ceremony.

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A religious ceremony during the saturday sabbat in the Blue Mountains, close to Kingston.

IMG_7369 Haile Selassie I was the Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930- 1974

IMG_7352The bible: The origin of the rastafarian movement.

 

 

  1. Sunday: Family days at the beach

 

It is hot, it is Sunday and you want to enjoy a bath in the crowd? You get the chance for that word for word at a public beach close to a big city! You can share the beach and the waves with families, couples and the hip people.
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crowdy beach in Hellshire, a beach close to Kingston (direct bustransfer from Half Way Tree and Downtown)

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  1. Perfect sunsets

No compromise on this, if you are looking for perfect sunsets like this one… there is only one place to stay.  Ans don’t forget to enjoy this view with a perfect sundowner 🙂
IMG_9400  Sun goes down in Treasure Beach, Jamaica

 

IMG_20140726_193144Sunset at Beverly Hills in Kingston.

 

  1. Street sales

Loud dancehall tunes, the smoke of grilled jerk chicken is in the air, people are shouting constantly.  Have an eye on your valuables and take a brave step into Kingstons exciting sales paradise: Downtown.

You can find everything you need on these street markets.

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I guess you can find a beach outfit out here…

DSCF3764 Kopie                       Everybody is busy… selling and buying

 

 

5. Live Music 🙂

Mhm…no idea what to do tonight? Why don’t you look up a live music event in your area? If you are in Kinston, Mandeville or Montego Bay the chances are very good that  you can see a world class reggae or dancehall artist for a low budget.

IMG_7491 Chronixx live at an unplugged concert in Kingston, July 2014

IMG_7482                                      The crowd it loving it…

IMG_7494A special setting: Open air, live music at the edge of the blue mountains.