Cold red stripe

Trip Start Jul 06, 2005
Trip End May 31, 2007

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Wednesday, July 19, 2006


It is said that it takes about a year to "figure it all out," at least in the world of Peace Corps. Well I'm happy to report that I think I have succeeded in this. On Monday, another volunteer and I went to a local beach to relax, when this epiphany occurred to us. We were floating on the water with cold Red Stripes, when it occured to us that life can't really get much better. We have both encountered challenges with our assignments (I won't go into details), as well as difficulty in the cultural exchange aspect of Peace Corps. With that said, we are focusing now on making the most and the best of our time in Jamaica. We figured out that rather than fight against and struggle, to just go with the flow, the flow of Jamaica. Ya mon.

In other news...On Sunday I went to Portland for a Hash run. What is a Hash run you are asking? The Jamaica Hash House Harriets is a social group in Jamaica that is a part of a world wide union. It's a "drinking group with a running problem." Or is it the other way around? The JAH3 website gives all the information about the group, it is "based in Kingston, and is a family Hash representing a wide spectrum of nationalities, ranging in ages. Some of our Hashers are lean and wiry marathon runner, other well rounded marathon drinkers." The runs are on Sunday afternoons, and most of the time the routes are off road, going along narrow trails, through streams, over the hills, and through the woods. We don't normally end up at Grandma's house, but there is always ice cold Red Stripe and Ting, and food when we reach our destination.

The Hash run last weekend was in Portland, which was my second Hash run. I lost my Hash virginity at a recent Hash in St. Mary. I joined all the other virgins in chugging some beer while we were sung to by the other more experienced Hashers. I felt like I was in college again, and my beer chugging experience from MTU definitely helped in this case :)

For all of you in foreign countries, try to locate the local Hash group. They are fun and welcoming, at least in Jamaica, but I'm sure it goes for the other groups as well. The JAH3 website is, and check out the worldwide site

Portland is a beautiful place, and in my opinion it is the most beautiful parish of Jamaica. The Blue Mountains, the soft sand beaches, the coastline with its big surf...

Well, this was just a quick update, but check out some photos that I uploaded from this weekend. Enjoy.

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