Travelling by Heart

my journey to Jamaica as a CUSO volunteer


August 2016

JAM jams: Be The Fastest

Usain Bolt insists that all of his sponsorship and media work be conducted on Jamaican soil, a priority that has brought income, investment, and attention to the country. His #BeTheFastest partnership with Virgin Media may market high speed internet for the international conglomerate, but what is really being promoted is the beautiful Jamaican landscape, incredible people, and amazing dance moves featured in the accompanying music video from London-based Arch Birds, featuring Vanessa Haynes.

(PS: If you still have Bolt Fever like the rest of Jamaica, you might enjoy “The Boy Who Learned to Fly,”an animated film based on his life.)


Jamaica is a Big Deal

This Olympic-themed KFC commercial sure had Jamaicans clucking! It’s a great example of dance hall, Patwa, and Jamaican spirit all rolled into one 2 minute clip.

Olympic heroes and national pride

Like in most countries around the world, the Olympics are a chance for people to come together and celebrate their national pride through a (perceived?) moral lens of fair play, excellence, courage, and equality. In Jamaica, where athletic ability is a source of national pride, the Games offer a platform upon which positive attention is drawn to the country. Continue reading “Olympic heroes and national pride”

Marcus Garvey

Long before Bob Marley wrote of redemption, there was Marcus Garvey.  Continue reading “Marcus Garvey”

Half Way

I’ve now been on my placement in Jamaica for six months. Instead of counting up, I can count down. Continue reading “Half Way”

Adaptation and resilience in Jamaica

[…]“With the future we’re looking at, Jamaica is not a country that contributed significantly to the problem, but it is going to be one of those that’s going to be adversely affected. Continue reading “Adaptation and resilience in Jamaica”

Hurricanes in Jamaica

If you’re a Weather Network viewer, then you know that last week Jamaica had a tropical storm scare. Continue reading “Hurricanes in Jamaica”

Happy Birthday David!

One of the hardest things about my year abroad is missing out on the big and important things that happen to my loved ones. Continue reading “Happy Birthday David!”

Emancipation Day

August 1 is Emancipation Day in Jamaica, and all across the British Caribbean. Continue reading “Emancipation Day”

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