Stingray city

Trip Start Oct 01, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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nix nax

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

what a mission it was to get to oracabessa, it took all day.. the bus back to ochi was pretty normal, driver going too fast and the whole bus overloaded, but the short drive on to oracabessa was worse, the driver really thought he was in a rally arcade game, we were on average 3 times above the speed limit the whole way, overtaking and leaving everything and anything in our dust, or wake of stones because the government is halfway through resurfacing the main road there... as we reached the town i was trying to remember the place to alight form my lonely planet map.. which didn't quite work as the roadworks had put in a diversion around the point i'd invisioned..

so before i no it old rally driver in the cockpit has delivered me into port maria, i had to apologise to him that i wanted to get out in oracabessa but that he could drop me off at the towns bus park (which is normally quite central).. so i had to ordeal another high speed, high risk journey back and i finally arrived alive there. the driver was ready to pull away at his regular 15 g's when i realised i'd left my mobile in the car, luckily the guy saw me and i was handed it back through the window.. pretty lucky as i havn't backed up any numbers on it..

I found my way to 'nix nax' guesthouse, which was a deal at 1050 jm dollars a night, as i was worn out from too much travelling, i leaned back and fell asleep to irie fm a whole 10hours till the next morning.. this is when i went out in search of the stingrays that i'd watched briefly on local jamiacan tv.. stingray city was the place which is located on james bond beach.. i bumped into Mojo.. who was the main star from the tv and also my stingray guide for the day.. apparently he got the name when he was a kid playing some dice gambling game and not sure for Mohammed Joseph as i thought..

anyway i'm sure this places buisness took a nose dive after steve irwins death, i didn't mention the aussie whilst i was there as i'm sure he has heard it a little too often and was probabaly tired of down playing the dangers of his pet stingrays.. i was pretty scared entering the water, you can tell from my face in the pics.. especially the one where he's waving the poisonous tail near my face telling me "look it's ok to touch".. err no thanks, i did touch the end of the tail past the poisonous bit briefly, but was leaning as far back as possible.. we then when for a swim and the stingray, called 'Reggae Girl' followed us along like a faithful dog and allowed us another chance to hold her from the water.. the whole experience was pretty cool and i can definately recommened it, i only wish i had my underwater camera so i could have taken it in with me.
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