(Previously: Days one, two, three, and four)
Going to a beach for the last day of our world tour seemed like the only appropriate option, since jealousy over friends' beach trips was what inspired our travel in the first place. Inspired by Michael Scott's vacation choice in a recent episode of The Office, we decided to pack our bags and head for Jamaica! Well, Jamaica turned out to be a splendid choice, and we have spent our day drinking on the beach and making new friends. Kelly even bought a new hat for her collection.
Going into this trip we thought we knew everything there was to know about Jamaica. Guess what, though? IWe was way wrong! It turns out the following things are not true about Jamaica:
Jamaica has only been around for 14 years. We had thought Jamaica was invented as part of the plot for the 1993 movie Cool Runnings , but whoops! That's totally not true. This is not a situation like how the NHL created a Mighty Ducks hockey team in honor of the movie; Jamaica existed way before Cool Runnings. Cool Runnings is, in fact, actually a true story!
Gwen Stefani is about as authentically Jamaican as it gets. Also false, believe it or not. Despite the fact that she named her baby Kingston and has a history of wearing the colors of the Jamaican flag, Gwen is not even a Jamaica native. Who knew?
Jamaica is a huge place. Considering its cultural reach (as determined by the number of people in college who had Bob Marley posters + the current popularity of Sean Paul), we had assumed Jamaica was a pretty big place. Not so, mon. Jamaica is smaller than Connecticut! However, when was the last time you saw people walking around wearing Connecticut flag wristbands and talking about how laid back and great Connecticut culture is?
In short, Jamaica is awesome. The people are great, the weather is fabulous, and it's not Connecticut. What more could you ask for?
Kelly and I hope you've enjoyed reading about our world trip as much as we've enjoyed taking it. We'll be back in Bethesda soon, but the memories of our travels will surely stay with us for a lifetime. A LIFETIME. Did you hear that, Elle, Carolyn, Emily, and everyone else who went on vacation this winter? WE HAVE A LIFETIME OF MEMORIES, JUST LIKE YOU DO. So there.