Top Ten Things Learned in Jamaica

Can I Laugh Now? *Encouraging you to see the humor in life’s embarrassing moments.

Irie, Mon! 

I recently had the privilege of witnessing my big bro walk down the aisle. And lucky for me and the rest of my family, my brother and his fiance decided to say “I Do” in sunny Jamaica.

Not only did I leave Jamaica a little browner, but I also left a little wiser. So here they are-

The Top Ten Things I Learned in Jamaica

10. If you ask your bus driver “what’s one thing I should do before I leave?” 9 times out of 10 his answer will involve marijuana. (And he just might offer you a bag at the first rest stop)

9. Don’t let your older brother catch you in the water talking to a local nicknamed “Smuffy” or he just might not let you out of his sight the rest of the trip. (We were just talking!)

8. Venturing out and trying local cuisine is good, but be warned that a dish labeled “beef” could really be liver. (That was the worst tasting beef I’ve ever had!)

7. Label your liquids or you just might end up conditioning your hair with Mylanta Stomach Relief. (Hey, I get indigestion.)

6. All jerk chicken is NOT created equal. (As Mitch and Simone found out)

5. When your tour guide says an excursion is only 1 hour away, have him/her show it to you on a map! (Cause 1 hour just might turn into 2 1/2 hours)

4. Mosquito Repellent. Mosquito Repellent. Mosquito Repellent.

3. When you jump off a 35 ft cliff, make sure someone is taking a picture. (You mean NONE of y’all took a picture?!)

2. Bring shoes with some support! After 3+ days of walking in flimsy flip-flops my feet refused to go another step!

1. YOLO! You only live once so take the opportunity to try new things. Zip-lined, kayaked, jet skied, jumped from the cliff at Rick’s Cafe (not the baby cliff this time either). People asked why I did all of these things- especially since I can’t swim. (I hold my nose; that counts, right?) I simply responded, “Why Not?”

Until next time,

Keep Laughing!

-Belle

What lessons have you learned on recent vacations? I’d love to know! Comment below 🙂 

*Bonus lesson:  Don’t leave your things to dry on the balcony too long; the wind might just blow them away! I ended up leaving behind a dear friend of mine- my favorite red running shorts. They were my trademark! I was extremely bummed until I heard my dad exclaim, “Good riddance! I was sick of seeing those things. It’s time for a change!” lol Well I guess he has a point. So even though I didn’t plan or want this new change, I will embrace it…with a new pair! I’m thinking cheetah print; what ya think? 🙂

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