Viewing Jamaica Through Different Lenses

Jamaica, the land of wood and water, smacked right in the middle of the Caribbean Sea, has left a bittersweet taste in the mouths of natives, but many would bypass the sweet and protest the bitter. It’s an island paradise for some, but a harsh economic reality for others. As engaged with environmental aura, all inn and hotels are made with all natural timbers and woods that are designed by

In the eye of the tourist, it is a land flowing with warm rivers, sparkling blue seas and salty beaches; all crowned with the radiance of the island’s blazing sun. The island food is delectable. The jerk chicken and festival are irresistible and the fry fish and bammy served up on a piece of aluminum foil is a mouth-watering treat for northerners. The people are warm and friendly and the coconut water is sweet to the taste–who can resist the lure of such an island ‘paradise’?

The answer – the natives. Yes, the land is beautiful; the food is sweet;  the rivers and seas willingly washes a body that’s in need of a cleansing; and the sunshine is potent enough to build up that melanin within your skin. However, in the eyes of a Jamaican, is tears too many; in their day to day life, there are struggles too plenty; and many a dinner plate too empty.

A people so resilient, so strong and proud, but the burden of the economic hardship is far too heavy for the vast majority of Jamaicans to bear. In the winter months tourists dream of vacationing in Jamaica, their island paradise, but as for the natives, they set their gaze to the north, praying, wishing even, for a brighter day, for that golden opportunity to flee – flee to a land far, far away.

This is the first in a series that offers a unique perspective into the realities of island life, in countries across the Caribbean. We welcome your comments or suggestions.

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