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Take a vacay in Ja

Thursday, January 23, 2014    

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Dear Editor,

We live where foreigners yearn to vacation; however ,we are all stuck in the cycle of trying to make ends meet. Why not treat ourselves to what the island has to offer and experience why thousands of visitors flock our shores for exciting outdoor adventures, fine cuisine and culture destinations?

Like a tropical scene in a Hollywood movie, just a few hours outside of Kingston, scenic views of the hillside and coastline, Jamaica is truly picturesque!

I had the joy of staying at a world-renowned five-star hotel. Accomplishing this was not an easy feat, but from the moment of arrival I felt as if I was being ushered into a different world. With eager eyes I took in the plush gardens, the luxurious bedrooms to the lavish themed restaurants. I knew it was worth the sweat and sacrifices made just to relish in this atmosphere. It was worth every red cent.

I figured my husband and I were not a common sight at this opulent hotel as most staff "twang" believing we were citizens of a First World country. In true fashion we smiled and responded: "No man, we a yardie too," watching their facial expressions change to one of admiration. The ones who did not think it necessary to use an accent erroneously assumed we were there on a day pass.

As my departure date drew closer, I began to wonder how many Jamaicans could afford to relax and indulge in our natural resources. A feeling of appreciation overwhelmed me; I'm not rich, nor am I a part of any elite social group. I am just an average middle-income worker. We don't even own a car, but we promised to treat ourselves again, one bus stop at a time.

Let us put a little aside to experience something new, creating a lifelong memory in 2014. I hope some of these major luxury hotels and attractions would think about having a separate local rate for Jamaican residents.

Sanishi Bryson-Brown

santoinette_11@hotmail.com

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