Jamaica

Saturday, 22. January 2011

Last day outta Babylon

Time to say goodbye to Sweet Jamaica...
I spent my last day in paradise at Belmonts wonderful little white sand beach.

Bigga; a good friend of him did the nice artwork
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my friend Mo with local heroe Achatta (a chatter --> talking very much)
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he forced us to take pictures with him :)
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typical jamaican streetstore
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he worked on this wonderful piece of art for the last 3 weeks
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one of jamaicas hidden postcard beaches
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This is Bonnie, one of the best chiefs in Westmoreland and famous for his "Hot Piccel Pepper Sauce". Give me a call if you want to taste it! ;)
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...recording to keep the name of the sauce :)

Friday, 21. January 2011

From Peter to the Black River

I meet a german guy at Rebel Salute who recomended Belmont (the birth place of Peter Tosh) to me.
Having the same timetable we decided to travel together for our last couple days on Jamaica...

our guesthouse run be a Ras called Bigger
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Belmont is a very tiny, laid back village near Bluefields on the South Coast.
Very nice people there, you nearly know everyone on the street in 2days :)
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lovely Peter Tosh Mausoleum down the steet
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Noni fruit in the garden...
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...and the most famous jamaican herb
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the mausoleum is run be Peter Toshs Cousin
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Being the most revolutionary member of The Wailers, Peter Toshs death seems to be linked to other political motivated incidents in music buisness (John Lennon assassin, shooting at Bob Marley shortly before a political concert, Buju Bantons actual trial)
The story of his mysterious dead is captured in the movie Stepping Razor - RedX.
When I asked his cousin, if the murder could be political motivated, he replied "could be!"...

R.I.P. Peter


Street Store
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Akis for Jamaicas National dish "Aki & Saltfish"
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We decided to spent the rest of the day on the famous Black River where you should be able to see some impressive reptiles

instead of taking the big tourist boats we asked a local fisherman to carry us
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baby croco trapped in the exhaust gases of a tourist boat
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huge one
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the inofficial tour ends in a tiny village with a little bar
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Sista Lou serves drinks and crabs
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local boy with local toy
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our captain recomended a little swim because crocodiles shouldn't reach to that point :)
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leaving
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our captain
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back in black river town
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fishing market
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good restaurant!
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Black River really reminded me on Belize City
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Wednesday, 19. January 2011

(Rebel) Salute

When I walked with Richie trough Kingston we meet this old Rastafari and talked to him about me going to the festival.
"Rebel Salute, he replied, no Rebel anymore..."

Being at the festival for nearly 14hours I knew now what he was talking about; some impressions on the PEPSI Rebel Salute -some nice shows, much sponsoring, very little culture-:

way to the festival
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since Elephant Man is doing comercials for KFC, selling out the jamaican music scene seems to become common
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WHAT THE FUCK!
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swiss family I knew from my guesthouse
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the proles where to far away to take good pictures :)
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gorgeous song! "Queen Ifrica - times like these"



great food
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inna di zoo
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wicked I-Octane show!

"Blaze,
blaze,
blaze,
blaze;
bun Babylon and them dutty ways!..."

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crowd going crazy



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-->got some sleep...

... till sunrise
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Poor mans heroe Fantan Mojah - Lion Paaaaaw!


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friends from my guesthouse...
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...enjoy your tour, all the best!
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confusion
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on the beach for an early swim
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Alligators & Fishermen

Today I head further east to get closer to Rebel Salute and arrived in a little Fishing Village called Alligators Pond.
No Alligators at all -and different stories where the village has its name from- but more later on.

Starting the day with some wise words...
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...filling up gas at the Cool Oasis Fuel Station...
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...arriving after 1h of traveling in AP.

nice Guest House
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Kids were fishing
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again :)
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chose a fish!
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rain on Rebel Salute?
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Friday, 14. January 2011

The Souths sandy treasure

So far the North was not that exciting/way to much tourism influenced.
The South is supposed to be less touristic & the place to visit for an authentic Jamaica besides Kingston.
Surrounded by mountains & pretty hard to reach by public transport Treasure Beach, my first stop down here, is the most famous southern destination.

First: I found this in my guide...
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...and that in my guest house :)
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I meet him in a bar yesterday, now I know what hes doing at daytime!
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Thursday, 13. January 2011

Welcome to Montego Bay



...Queen Ifrica say-so!
Besides that, MoBay is widely known as the place in Jamaica, where all the carribean cruise ships used to make a stopover...


This kind of tune up would"t work in my town :)
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MoBay Garrison
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Space Invaders!
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Main Plaza
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the tourist -fun- strip outside the city...
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no truck available :)
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sellout fi Babylon
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nice wagon of a guy selling herbal drinks and Ital snacks in the streets
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wicked Mobay artist CULTURE GOD
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Wednesday, 12. January 2011

Ochi the odd

Mainly built up to serve tourist pleasures with heaps of Restaurants, Souvenirs and Duty Free Shops, Ochos Rios is one of the most unauthentic places to visit...

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way to much publicity
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water bar
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great local artists named "SCARFACE"
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midget disco :)
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learn by heart!
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on top of the city
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huge "Banana spider"
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Port at the blue hole

One week in Kingston was more then my time budget could afford, so I really had to move on...
Port Antonio in the very Northeast was not that entertaining/very laid back.

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dig your beloved with style :)
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Art in the yard!
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the bay of PA
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the "world famous" blue hole :)
fresh water form the blue mountains mixed with seawater --> weird swimming experience
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Monday, 10. January 2011

Open Mic at Bull Bay

Only few photos today, the night was more exciting...

I-tal Food in to start the day proper
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Tarrus Riley & King Dingeling
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gorgeous Jam Session at "Jamnesia Surf Club" in Bull Bay east of Kingston:
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Saturday, 8. January 2011

1/2 Way to TuffGong

Today was about discovering Half Way Tree in the West of Kingston, an important place when it comes to music round here.

streetfood
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Irie FM
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Street Art...
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...my Mr. ICEMAN
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schools out
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he got some nice stuff
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inside Devon House
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oldest church in Kingston
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I meet these little ones enjoing my sunglasses...
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...and my camera --> the world trough the eyes of a child :)
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these kids were freaking out about my hackisack
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bus hub
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some impressions on my night at famous Tuff Gong Studios
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hey did all the stuff he was carrying by himself, put a lot of love in it...
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