actually, Ocho Rios
14.11.2009 32 °C
I came to Jamaica to visit me roots. It was great to meet family while I was there. It was very confusing to figure out how we were related, I was wanting to draw a family tree and maybe I will still do that. We stayed with Hugh and Elaine Vaughan who is my grandpa's nephew and wife. They are the most hard-working people I have ever met - they got up at 3am 3x a week to go jogging 10km(even though they are over 60!). Hugh is an opthamologist -one of the top eye doctors in Jamaica and his wife works with him. Their son Bobby is an optician which complements his dad's work. The photo shows the family. I guess those early morning genes didn't get passed on to me.
One of the other family members - Ilsa (who is a 2nd cousin once removed or something weird like that) popped in to visit on the day we were leaving. She also brought her son and his wife and child. Ilsa has her own business and also seems very on the ball. Ilsa was very kind and was keen on showing us Kingston as we hadn't seen much (having been robbed at knife point on our last outing...). It was great to see a little of the town and get to go shopping, although it was slightly stressful watching the time tick away with our plane to catch. She told us a little about my grandpa's dad who was a part Indian and who loved gardening and was passionate about the environment. It was funny hearing that because grandpa loves the garden and plants and that is how I got into agriculture and the environment.
While we were at Hugh and Elaines, they very generously put us up a night in a hotel in Ocho Rios on the north coast of Jamaica where all the beautiful beaches are. All the food and drinks were included which is an amazing way to live I can tell you....! It was an idyllic place with the warm turquoise sea, white sandy beaches and sun. I guess a little bit like Portobello in the height of summer...? Emma was in her element bathing in the sun and swimming.