The Very Short Long Weekend

13 May 2010

After disappearing from the internet for a few days to sunny Jamaica, I'm back in NYC and quickly getting used to the built-up surroundings again.  The main reason for the trip was to see my grandparents, as I hadn't seen them in over five years!  The cheaper flights and shorter travelling time from the States only confirmed the decision; my last visit was almost twelve years ago and I wanted to create some more recent memories. I remember seeing a country of extremes (think grand houses with makeshift huts just around the corner) which is still apparent, but there is a certain charm about this island that makes me want to plan a much longer return visit, say, for next week?  Lush countryside, colourful architecture and flavoursome food and I can't wait to go back to explore more places on my map.

The obligatory beach picture; white sand, 30 degree heat, jealous much? It made all the mosquito bites worth it!

The Enchanted Gardens in Ocho Rios; wearing a Minkpink dress, H&M shorts, vintage belt and Steve Madden sandals in the crazy heat...

Apologies for the slightly geeky holiday snaps masquerading as outfit photos; here I am with some ackee
a fruit that isn't really a fruit but great with saltfish nonetheless

I get inspiration from just about anything...

Emancipation Park in Kingston; a very nice place to chill

My Nan's wedding dress; still going strong after 50 years!  I wonder if I could make a shorter version for myself as I wouldn't dream of cutting it.  Did I have a Monica from Friends moment and try it on myself?  That's for only me to know....

I am a sucker for old photo albums as a window into the past; My Grandad and Nan (who's incidentally 22 in this photo)

I also got to see my Great-Grandmother (aka Mama P) after a 12 year gap; here she is back in the day in a gorgeous floral dress

Some of the food that my Nan so kindly sent me back with, (the rum is for a friend, of course).  Looks like I'll be eating a lot of jerk chicken and pancakes for the next two months, though perhaps not at the same time...

I'm not exactly sad to be back in NYC but I realise how much I've missed seeing not seeing any family for four months.  Nevertheless, I still have the travelling bug and am trying to sort out some trips for after my internship finishes, hopefully Disneyland with a friend and San Francisco by myself!  Has anyone ever travelled alone before?  I'm also itching to make the most of the time I have left in NYC (still need to get myself down to the Statue of Liberty and hopefully this sample sale).  I'll keep you posted...

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  1. i love JA!
    we're going in a few weeks.

    those b&w photos are awesome xx

  2. wow!! thanks for sharing! that first picture is awesome!!! :)

  3. just wear the dress around biggy. id marry ya in it ;)
    xx fi

  4. WOW, Jamacia looks so so beautiful

  5. That dress is amazing, I love the length of it! Sounds like you had an awesome time! Mighty jealous of all that glorious sun and those old photos are really amazing, I love discovering treasures like that!

  6. oh wowww, it looks amazing there! & your nans wedding dress is STUNNING! I hope you did try it on haha, every girl needs to have a Monica moment. I've tried on my mum's before and pranced around... I'm just too cool ;)



  7. I want to go to Jamaica! I've been pestering the boyf to go with me for ages (he has family out there also) but we've still yet to actually book the holiday...!
    Still, it looks gorgeous, and that beach... wow. I love white sandy beaches. I doubt I could stand the heat though!!

    - Anna Jane xxx

  8. I love "geeky" holiday snaps! That beach photo is amazing and makes me want to be sipping some pina coladas right about now!


  9. how lovely to have such great photos from so long ago! i'd love to visit jamaica, wow the beach looks serene!!