Trip Start Jan 29, 2008
10Trip End Feb 15, 2008
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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!