Having seen my wife’s blog post about her first time traveling alone with our frisky three year old daughter, I’ve decided I will share my side of the story. The husband, left soaked in tears, I mean rain :-), in the airport.

Ok, now, first of all, we usually travel together, as a family. Even with two sets of hands and four sets of eyes, Sio is incredibly slippery and I knew for a fact, based on past experiences that at some point in the journey, she would give up on walking. She’s now three, perfectly capable of handling herself but when she says no, that’s it.

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The other day, the need arose for Sio and I to travel alone. Up until that time, we traveled as a family. My husband was a tad concerned, asking numerous times if I was sure I’d be okay mostly because our child is frisskkyy! In addition, she behaves like a banshee when she’s tired. Well, going solo definitely wasn’t my first choice, however, it has to happen some time, right?

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One beautiful Sunday morning, I felt the need to get out of the house. After a few minutes, we settled for going to Cane River, St. Andrew, a hidden gem with a waterfall. We drove through St. Andrew rather than St. Thomas, and may have gotten a little bit lost before getting there. After a few twists and turns, we got there; realizing upon arrival that we had ventured there over a year ago, but wasn’t able to enjoy it then because there had been a downpour and the proprietor’s advised against braving the water. So, second time’s the charm.

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A few weeks ago hubby and I took a trip to Chicago recently to attend the 2018 staging of the  Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) conference. The conference lasted a week, during which time we stayed at the Hyatt Place River North hotel. It was a business trip and for all intents and purposes, the Hyatt Place, River North is a business hotel, offering the bare essentials in accommodations (by Jamaica’s standards) complete with daily copies of the WSJ (Wall Street Journal) strategically placed on the table in front the elevator for existing guests each morning. The lobby area is small, but functional, with a lounge area and a small check-in area that was hassle-free.

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My Birthday (August 9) weekend was a really full and busy time. My novel came out that day, and the stress of the months leading up was really wearing me thin. So when my husband asked what I wanted for my birthday and we happened to be driving by the Royal Decameron Cornwall Beach at that very moment, I said “There. Take me there and treat me like a tourist in Montego Bay.”

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St. Ann is the largest parish in Jamaica and lies on the Northern coast of the island. Its main economic activity is tourism, much of which happens in the parish’s popular town, Ocho Rios. The town reflects this with a wealth of adventures to take on and things to do. There are many more adventure than just the three I’ve listed of course and when I visit the rest, I’ll be sure to take you guys along. (more…)

Several months ago, on a whim, a friend of mine and another friend of his decided to bust out into the mountains. The Blue Mountains, Jamaica to be exact. We made a few stops chittering, chattering and taking the view in. Fresh air for days!

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On the way, we stopped at a lovely cafe for lunch and let me tell you, the food and experience are not things my I will soon forget. They have the amenties for both an indoor and an outdoor dining experience, but who could pass up that breeze and view?

The scenery is entirely too beautiful and refreshing, lush green landscape d in the middle of the mountains and nature visited us in the form of the National Bird of Jamaica, the humming bird.

Quiet, peaceful time and space outside of the hustle and bustle of nearby city, Kingston.

Oxtail, yellow rice and tossed salad

Finally, the meal. As a born Jamaican, a favorite is Oxtail. The food was amazing. It just doesn’t get any better than this. I’ll definitely be going back. You don’t just have food like that once!
Before we left, we viewed the historical secrets the building had to offer and were invited to sign the guest book.