Jamaica is everything the images we've seen in the posters make it seem: pristine, the bluest of oceans, and the chillest of moods; at least in some parts of the country. There are places where it is so unspoiled that as far as the eye can see...only forests and majestic mountains. Yes friends, it is a sight to behold and a marvel to wake up to.
But there are also sights that make you wonder about the human condition, and how two such contrasting worlds can coexist. The poor and the ultra rich - the disparity is so extreme, you can't even begin to comprehend how vastly different their life experiences, world views, and life goals must be, despite living on the same island. It is in these moments that we are reminded to be thankful for what we have, where we live, and the opportunities we have been blessed with.
We are so blessed to be friends with people that come from such diverse backgrounds. So...that means when they happen to get married in a tropical oasis, we get invited!... muahahahahaha... They say traveling can open your eyes to culture, perspective and self; it also opens a conversation on infrastructure, government and history. All in all it makes for a more interesting you.
This shot was taken through a moving bus window with a Fujifilm X100S.
Nothing feels better in Jamaica than beating the heat with a cool dip in the ocean. I know you must be thinking this is all Photoshop, but actually, this is mother nature at her best! Have you ever seen something in nature so beautiful that you just had to photograph it to share with others, only to find that the picture does it no justice?! Well, friends, your eyes can appreciate much more information in terms of contrast and subtle coloration than any camera sensor can capture in a raw file. So a little post-processing in Photoshop is necessary to make the image more representative of how the scene appeared in person.
When it comes to hair products I always pack too many, and keep forgetting that the salt water does wonders for my hair texture. Other than shampoo and conditioner, I really didn't need anything else. The beach breeze and the ocean salt in my hair makes an effortless tousle do.
From my experience you always think you need more than you actually will wear. Packing light is the key to a pleasant trip. This blue dress doubles as a swimsuit coverup. We both brought shoes to wear to the wedding, but otherwise just lived in flip flops. We might invest in prettier and more fashionable ones on our next trip to make for better photos.
Since we were there for my best friend's wedding, we did not have time for much else, but we did manage to squeeze in 2 excursions. First, we traveled to Jamaica's well-known Dunn's River Falls, and joined a group to climb the waterfall. Then we went on the Luminous Lagoon Tour and swam with bioluminescent algae that produce a flash of blue-green light whenever the water is disturbed. Therefore swimming on your back while pretending you are making a snow angel makes for a pretty sight to see. Unfortunately, there was a full moon which diminished the effect somewhat, and longer exposures were required to capture the bioluminescence...but we were on a boat - without a tripod. One thing no one mentioned to us was that the bottom is essentially mud, and the combination of kicked up silt, plus the hitchhiking algae, will turn a white swimming suit an unpleasant brown. So if you are going to attempt this activity, make sure to wear a darker shade.
Until next time friends! For now we leave you with this beautiful image of the sunset (it looks even better in real life). Please comment and let us know how we did on our first blogging attempt, and suggest future topics.