Monday, 22 August 2011


So I have arrived safely and am writing this from my hotel room after a refreshing swim in the pool.  The weather feels surprisingly similar to Toronto, or at least to what it was before it started to get cool this week. I think I'm going to like it here...

I will be in Kingston all this week for in-country orientation with several other volunteers.  Today's project was to get a cell phone (expensive phone but surprisingly cheap minutes).  We've also been doing much mental math as the exchange rate is somewhere around $1 Cdn for $85 Jamaican Dollars (jays, as the locals say). This is not easy division and as you can imagine, the prices get really big, really fast.  Here's hoping I don't spend it all at once :) Other factoids I have discovered: I'm in the central time zone, not eastern, Jamaicans drive on the left side of the road, and, you can get a Red Strip beer for $1.50 USD in a restaurant here.

PS. I will try to take and post pictures tomorrow.
PPS.I will also send out my number via email once I figure out the country code.
PPPS. We got those news about Jack Layton this morning before we got on the plan. So sorry to hear that and I will be watching closely to see what happens next for the NDP.


  1. Glad to hear you arrived safely! We too were sad to hear of Jack's passing!

    The phone did not ring around 8pm tonight...will I always be waiting for a ghost phone call????

  2. Glad you have arrived I think you will enjoy your stay. Red Stripe Beer for a dollar - you must be in heaven...