Arrival Jamaica!

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

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

I must admit we were pretty blurry when we boarded the plane for Montego Bay!  The disorientation continued the entire day, and in Martin's case, for a couple of days afterward!  It was like having jet lag.  No sleep will do that to you.

There were quite a number of French Canadians on our flight, bound for some of the big Jamaican resorts in Montego Bay ("MoBay") or Ocho Rios ("Ochi").  The fellow who was sitting beside me in the plane was going to Runaway Bay (located between Montego Bay and Ocho Rios) with his girlfriend.  It was his first time flying and his first trip out of Canada.  He was very excited.

A sure sign that we were hitting warmer weather was when Martin removed his long underwear and put on his shorts and sandals!

We arrived about 11:30 am and were through customs by 12:15 pm.  The weather was warm (about 30C), but overcast.  Who cares!  It was vast improvement on the weather where we came from! 

Montego Bay (population 100,000) is Jamaica's second largest city.  Sugar was once shipped from Montego Bay harbour in abundance; since the collapse of the sugar trade, efforts have been made to make MoBay the ultimate tourist town.  It is rife with all-inclusives, beaches, souvenir shops, shopping malls and restaurants.  There's not much of interest to see here, so we decided to head for Negril straight away.  We had made arrangements to be met by Kingsley, the driver for the Xtabi Hotel in Negril and, sure enough, he was waiting for us.
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