Snapshots of Kingston, Jamaica

Thursday, July 14, 2011

As of now I'll be showcasing snippets of Jamaican life for my Friday post. Most of my novels are set in Jamaica, so I thought it would be a good idea to share some of what I encounter each day. I'm sure you'll see scenes here that you're not likely to see anywhere else in the world. Guaranteed! Watch this space and have fun with me on the streets of Kingston or wherever else I might roam.

Why park on the street when you can deprive the pedestrians of the sidewalk? 






Why should a perfectly good sidewalk go to waste, when we can set up a vending area?
Jamaica might be a third world country, but we have a gazillion car marts. See the laid back security-type guy? Bet you've never seen one of those before.
Clock in Half-Way-Tree - Popular landmark between down town Kingston and upper St. Andrew.  Delicate operation here, balancing between the truck on the left and the snoozer's head on the right.

Meet the vampire-in-training who lives at my house. He's asleep now, but really should be feeding to keep his strength up.
Photographer's perch where  I took most of the shots. The young vamp captured his own image with my phone.
Enjoy your weekend and meet me back here on Monday for some thoughts on writing and what-not. 

22 comments:

  1. How nice to get a glimpse of Jamaica. I'd like to visit there someday. I love the pic of the vampire! Haha! Have a great weekend.

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  2. Hi,

    Hee hee, they don't show those high-spots on the holiday brochures! But, parking on the pavement/side walk is a common sight in many places around the world including UK: white-van-man hated by other motorists and pedestrians like no other.

    best
    F

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  3. Hi, Lyn, glad you liked that.

    Francine, you can say that again. They don't put pics like these in the glossy brochures!

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  4. Well now there's no point in me visiting Jamaica ever is there. I'll feel so at home it'll be like I never made it to the airport at all.
    I think this is a brilliant idea you have going here.

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  5. Wow, the sidewalks have a myriad of uses there, huh? I know some places in the U.S. like that. =D

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  6. Wendy, love how you've augmented your picture! And here I was thinking Jamaica is unique. I keep finding out that our ancestors brought all sorts of stuff over with them from Africa.Wendy, love how you've augmented your picture! And here I was thinking Jamaica is unique. I keep finding out that our ancestors brought all sorts of stuff over with them from Africa.I wanted to do something a little different, not to mention easy on a Friday, so that's how I came up with this idea.

    Donna, yep, we just kind of take over any space that looks like it can be put to use. Not an organized way to do things though. As you can imagine, the outfit that manages the city has a lot of work on its hands.

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  7. Parking/vending on the sidewalk are things they do in the Virgin Islands and I suspect around the Caribbean. Kinda almost makes me homesick. :)

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  8. These are great photos, it's interesting to get a peek at Jamaica.

    I love the vampire in training! :)

    Hope you have a great weekend!

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  9. Julie, thanks for stopping in.

    Yes, vampires are all the rage, it seems.

    I thought it would be cool to show something of Jamaica other than standard brochure stuff.

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  10. Bish, yeah, there are certain things that are common to this region.

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  11. It is great to have Jamaican shots on my computer sitting here in SIngapore...a lot of it reminds me of India.

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  12. It looks a lot like Mexico! I want to visit someday.

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  13. Damyanti and Clarissa, I think Jamaica shares a lot with countries that have a high volume of people with not-sop-much education.

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  14. Great photos, Joy! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  15. Thanks for the share, Joy. Great pictures. The vampire has gorgeous eyes, by the way. I'm enjoying your book. Almost finished with it and will be commenting soon.

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  16. Karin, thanks for stopping in.

    Elizabeth, glad you liked the pictures. I showed the vamp your comment and he was pretty chuffed.

    Happy the book is up your alley.

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  17. haha! Great photos with lovely captions. Made my day.

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  18. All the sidewalk photos made me laugh!

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  19. I would like to visit Jamaica one day, thanks for sharing the photos!

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  20. Tanya, happy you liked.

    Theresa, yeah, we're big on capturing and utilizing sidewalks here.

    Nas, hope you make it here!

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  21. Neat! Thanks for sharing these! It's always fun to see where other authors are creating.

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  22. I was thinking of showing everything other than what's on the brochures and the touristy ads. :)

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