Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Aaaaaaaand we’re back. Sucks, right? For me, definitely. Sigh. I had a great trip though, it’s always nice to get away. And man, I got away, let me tell you. Key West, Fort Lauderdale, and two different spots around Negril, Jamaica. I learned, among other things, that if some dude comes up to you on the beach and tells you he’s a farmer, he’s not just making small talk about his vocation.
Since I just got back late last night, I obviously haven’t had a chance to go through all my pictures yet. (I got about 16 gigs worth to trudge through!) So, I just grabbed one that looked good enough to use for today’s post, just because it wouldn’t be right to come home from Jamaica and not use a Jamaican picture, right? So, here you go.
This was taken at the Negril Craft Market, which is a place where all the taxis dump tourists so they can “interact with” the locals. It’s a bunch of charmingly dilapidated shacks, each containing the same dubious merchandise as the next, where Jamaican natives take serious advantage of the fact that Americans have no clue how to barter. If you’re looking for a cheaply-made t-shirt, an “original painting”, or a “unique” wood carving, and you’ve got a pile of US dollars burning a hole in your pocket, this is the place for you. While we were there, most of the shops were closed (we asked why, and the answer we kept getting was “uhh, because it’s Monday?”, in the same tone that you would get if you asked why most of the mall was closed on christmas here in the states), but there were still plenty of them open for us to see the basic selection of trinkets available and have a perfectly mediocre time. But there were a few bright spots. For one, we did eventually leave the craft market (although our cab fare mysteriously jumped from 10 bucks to 35 because we asked to stop at the atm on the way home). And also, at the end of one of the rows was a nice little entrance to the famous Negril beach. (Albeit a section that had enough garbage to rival the best efforts of apathy and neglect that you’ll find anywhere.) As you can tell, the beach is absolutely gorgeous, even the parts where nobody cares enough to keep it nice.
Anyway, I’m sure you’ll be seeing plenty of pics from the area over the next several months, so get comfortable!
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens w/circular polarizer. 1/160s, f/7.1, ISO 100. Focal length, 20mm.