Events of Sunday, January 4, 2009
Day #2 in Jamaica. Sleep was so-so - due to weird noises out the window and roosters who can't tell time. If this keeps up, there's going to be one less rooster in Jamaica before this trip is over.
This morning is church. We drive up into the mountains of Jamaica to "Frazerville United Methodist Church", a beautiful, small church with lots of hospitality. The service lasts about 90 minutes - 70 minutes consisting of singing gospel songs. We can't sing very well, but we sure have fun watching the Jamaicans sing. Very unique. A photo of the church:
The people of the church are very happy to have 19 "white people" visiting them from America. They welcome us with open arms and make us feel right at home, even having us participate in the service. I get to go up front and read one of the Bible scriptures. Some things I notice: older brothers and sisters are the primary caretakers during the services of the younger children...I don't see that much back in the States. Also, that EVERY woman of the church has on a beautiful hat. Again, don't see this much back home - except for Easter Sunday. I like it. A photo of one of the ladies with her hat:
After church, we head back to the dorms and throw off our Sunday clothes and put on beach clothes - woo hoo! We drive back to Montego Bay and visit Doctors Cave Beach - considered one of the best beaches in Montego Bay. Ahhhh...now this is heaven. To be sitting on a warm, Caribbean beach in January! We all soak up the sunshine and relax.
At some point, unfortunately, it's time to leave the beach and head to dinner. We go to a restaurant called "The Pelican." Now it's time to be adventurous. We each order something different and then share. Our appetizer consists of conch chowder - delicious! We sample stewed goat (pretty good), roasted pig tail (pretty good), and roasted ox tail (delicious!). We also try callalou - a mixture of spinach, peas, and carrots. Yummo. I am thinkin' I'm going to like food in Jamaica!
Time to head back and get ready for work tomorrow. Rachel and I stuff our "Giant Red Ant Protector" under our door - we're getting to be pros at this - and then head to bed.
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