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One day on Jamaica

River Pilgrim • 5 minutes read • September 17th, 2015

The next port of call for our ship was 


on the island of Jamaica.
Falmouth is the biggest city of Triloni county, on the North coast of Jamaica, founded in 1769.

Because of the rich tour program, we didn't have time to see the city. We only looked at it from the decks of the ship and from the window of the car.

However, even if we had time, we would hardly have gone for a walk: just after the port's exit began the slums. So there was no real desire to get acquainted with the city or the local population.

As part of the tour program, we were able to get acquainted with the local flora. However, there was nothing else to visit. There are no historical or cultural programs here, and a trip to the beach didn't attract us. During the first part of the tour, we traveled to another city, 

Montego Bay,

 and descended over the Montego river.
Cars drive on the left side of the road as Jamaica is a former British territory. Police hide in the bushes, and drivers warn each other 3 miles (5 kilometers) before they are ambushed with headlights, by shouting and using dancing gestures.

Passing Montego Bay, fourth in terms of the population in the state and the center of the Jamaican tourism industry.

Then we turned off the highway and the car started shaking over the rough roads, as we made our way up the hill. Suddenly, in one of the mountain villages, we found a well-known product of the auto industry.

To get down the river, we used the watercraft pictured below. 
The water was quite shallow almost everywhere - maximum depth goes up to your neck, minimum is up to the ankles, as seen in the photo. The water flowed quickly, sometimes whirlpools formed, but the water was relatively clean. There were no snakes or crocodiles; you can even swim.

The locals also used the river to do their washing.

And as a trade line.

It is also used as a spa. The girl on the right smeared her leg with something white from the river - it is supposedly very good for the skin.

The surrounding landscapes were very beautiful; high banks alternated with low hanging fruit plantations.

But unlike flora, we didn't notice much fauna (except for a couple of colorful birds).

After going down the river, we continued the tour through the local banana and coconut plantations, where elderly Rastamen worked, wearing colorful woolen caps and lazily smoked the local gifts of nature, in the 104 degree F (40 degree C) heat.

During the tour we were shown what you can do with an ordinary banana. You can do a lot of things, and all from the fruits themselves (liquor, chips, etc.). Everything is used except the stems and leaves which are used for paper, fabric and fishing lines.

Dried up production wastes are also used.

We also found more animal life on the banana farm.

Road back to the port. Montego Bay.


Author: River Pilgrim
Translated by: Gian Luka

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