Travelling by Heart

my journey to Jamaica as a CUSO volunteer


May 2016

Intro to Patwa: Boss

Boss (v): To teach or show something, to share something with the purpose of someone trying it.


“I am going to boss you a bulla, I think you will like it.”


Friday Fact: Cruise Ship Waste

The average cruise ship docking in Jamaica carries 600 crew & 1400 passengers, who each account for 3.5kg of rubbish a day, compared to 0.8kg per local inhabitant.


Do or diaspora?

Have a read through this short article about the power of geography to determine one’s fate, and then ask yourself: how would you develop your country if half the population lived in diaspora?


The legacy of Tivoli

Yesterday/May 23rd marked the sixth anniversary of the two-day police/military incursion on Tivoli Gardens in Kingston to apprehend don Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke. At least 77 people, including a member of the Jamaica Defense Force, were killed in the operation. Coke, who was wanted in the United States on drug-trafficking and firearms charges, was captured a month later and extradited to the US. Continue reading “The legacy of Tivoli”

In 1961, a Bill in Parliament abolished the public holiday, Empire Day. Empire Day was the birthday of Queen Victoria of England, the Monarch attributed with abolishing slavery, her birthday was a public holiday celebrated May 24th. The new bill in Parliament, however, designated May 23rd as Labour Day, the day which marks the anniversary of the working class movement which began in Jamaica in 1938. Continue reading “Labour Day”

Friday Fact: Sexual Assault


Island Story, from The Economist

Last week, The Economist published an article articulating how globalization will be the solution to Jamaica’s economic, social and environmental woes. Continue reading “Island Story, from The Economist”

Food for Thought: No Problem

An Instagram post from V2 Volunteers gave me pause: Continue reading “Food for Thought: No Problem”

Bob Marley, Legend

Yesterday (May 11) was the 35th anniversary of Bob Marley’s death. Continue reading “Bob Marley, Legend”

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