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Travelling by Heart

my journey to Jamaica as a CUSO volunteer

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April 2016

The Fastest Man Alive

There are 99 days until the start of the Rio Olympics and the world is starting to get excited. Here in Jamaica, the pressure is highest for the fastest man alive, Usain Bolt, to repeat his previous victories and bring glory home once again. Continue reading “The Fastest Man Alive”

JAM Jams: Tom Cruise/Don Andre

I caught the Child Resiliency Program dancing to this catchy dancehall number this afternoon. Their moves were pretty off the hook – watch out Don Andre, the Child Resiliency Program is gonna give you a run for your money!

Today In History 

‘On April 22, 1978, Bob Marley and The Wailers held what was deemed as the “Third World Woodstock”. The One Love Peace Concert kicked off at The National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica, bringing together 16 of Reggae’s biggest acts. The concert attracted more than 32,000 spectators with the proceeds of the show going towards sanitary facilities and housing for the sufferahs in West Kingston, Jamaica.’

“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively” — Bob Marley

-CARTER Magazine

Self-pity as a milestone

I had a bad day today. Well, a bad afternoon. Ok, a bad two hours. Nothing serious, just your basic series of unfortunate events that put me in a crabby mood: Continue reading “Self-pity as a milestone”

Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica

In preparation for the upcoming Earth Day celebrations at the YMCA, I dropped in at The Jamaica Environmental Trust this morning. Continue reading “Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica”

Two white girls pon a minibus

One of my Cuso colleagues posted this on Facebook today – it might be old, but it still rings true!

Learn to Dance: Whining

Yesterday after my workout, I dropped in on a dancehall dance class. Dancehall music and dancing grew out of the inner-city Kingston reggae movement of the 1970s and is now considered both popular and polarizing the world around. I retained exactly zero steps from the class, but it was a lot of fun and a great workout. The video below will teach you how to master the most basic and quintessential move, the wine/whine.

National Volunteer Week

I often get asked why I decided to volunteer overseas. Continue reading “National Volunteer Week”

Intro to Patwa: Hush

Hush (v): An expression of comfort said to others who are presented with unpleasant but generally inconsequential challenges. Synonyms include ‘Aww’ and ‘Poor thing’. Easily misinterpreted as a dismissal of one’s whining due to multiple meanings of the word ‘Hush’ and the application of the word to typically minor difficulties.

Example:

Student: “I have a headache.”

Teacher: “Hush!”

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