As 2012 drew to a close, I was plagued by the notion that I didn’t do enough travelling. It was making me feel a bit regretful so I started making a list — I love lists! Sure enough, I realized I had done a lot of travelling in Jamaica and that made me smile. I had even managed to slip in a few trips to New York and Toronto.
My photos helped to bring back memories of each place I’d visited, the people I’d met and the experiences I’d had. In the end, I realized that it wasn’t a bad year of travel after all.
Rum has become my drink of choice and in 2012, I was fortunate to visit Appleton Estate, the undisputed home of rum, twice. While the first visit was an amazing experience (we were offered rum punch and 13 rums to sample!), on the second visit, I joined the Jamaica Rum Society on a deluxe tour that came complete with a complimentary bus, tour guide, and bartender who served us sandwiches and as much Appleton Estate Extra and the Master Blender as we could handle.
On arrival at Appleton, we were welcomed with complimentary breakfast. We did the usual tour but at the end, we had a private tasting with four premium Appleton rums. Afterwards, we were certified as Appleton rum ambassadors.
In 2012, Jamaica hosted a year-long celebration of her 50th anniversary of independence from Britain. In August, I took these photos at the Independence Village that was set up at the National Stadium in Kingston.
In St. Ann, my cousin pointed out this statue of Christopher Columbus, near Seville – the place where he landed when he arrived in Jamaica in 1494.
Traveling means appreciating local flora, foods and historic buildings. This year, I discovered lionfish, a potentially harmful fish. It’s no surprise to me that Jamaicans have taken to it — we’re probably the only people who eat ackee, a potentially deadly food. We love it so much, we elevated it to national dish status!
Mineral baths are popular with Jamaicans who swear by their ability to relieve aches and pains. In 2012, I visited two – Rockfort Mineral Baths in Kingston, and Bath Fountain in St. Thomas. After just 15 minutes in the water — you’re advised against staying longer — I felt relaxed and rejuvenated. I can’t wait to visit the others.
My travels also took me to Toronto and New York. Downtown Toronto’s vibrant street and public art, and its construction boom caught my eye.
In New York, I came close to China’s Terra Cotta Warriors — they make me anxious to fulfill a dream of seeing the actual sculptures.
Here’s to the ending of another year of travelling Jamaica (and elsewhere).
Happy New Year! I wish you a year full of travels near and far.
This is my submission to Travel Photo Thursday, which is organized by Nancie at Budget Travelers Sandbox. Be sure to head over and check out more photos from locations around the world.