Marathon Drive

Trip Start Jan 29, 2008
Trip End Feb 15, 2008

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Suzanne made us coffee before our taxi picked us up for the long drive back to Montego Bay.  We exchanged addresses, said our goodbyes and they headed down to the beach for the day with Smiley in tow, proudly wearing her new pink flea collar.
Our driver's nickname was "Simple". Similar to many of the drivers we have had here in Jamaica, he said little unless we inquired and even then, provided a minimum of information.  That has been our greatest disappointment about traveling here; it's a beautiful place with spectacular scenery (the beaches, the mountains, the forests, waterfalls, etc.), but it's just not easy to get to know the locals who often have their guards up. Guess I can't really blame them as we must seem like rich white people who only want exploit Jamaicans for our own pleasure.
It took us about three hours to reach the airport at Montego Bay.  There was a lot of construction and I noted a number women "flagmen"/looking after the "stop" and "go" signs. It was February 14, Valentine's Day, and there were lots of "love" games being played on the radio.  The shortest route was via Ocho Rios, a hot spot for tourism (all-inclusives) in Jamaica; we were happy to just whisk by with a short stop at "Mother's" - for patties, of course!
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