Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Liguanea Intersection

The intersection of Hope Road, Old Hope Road and Barbican Road is one of the busiest in the Kingston Corporate Area. The road running straight ahead is one of only a few dual carriageways in the area.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Jamaica College

Founded in the 19th century, Jamaica College is one of the oldest all boys high schools in Jamaica.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Bun & Cheese Please

Although traditionally most popular at Easter time, the spiced bun is a Jamaican favourite all year round. This yummy treat is eaten at pretty much any time of day and almost always with cheddar cheese.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Mona Community Park

Here is a quiet spot at the community park in Mona. I think they are doing such a wonderful job of maintaining this park. It's a great place for families to spend time together.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Stuck in Traffic

I took this picture at the intersection of Old Hope Road and Garden Boulevard in the Kingston Corporate Area, while waiting for the light to change. One of the things I really love about living in Kingston is that wherever you are, you usually have a view of the mountains.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Road Work

The road work on Old Hope Road and Mona Road has been going on for a while now, and they're still not finished. I'm not sure exactly what they're doing...probably laying pipes. Let's hope it gets done before Christmas.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Delivery Day

I just happened to be passing by right after the delivery truck had made it's drop off. It's quite common for small grocery stores to accept delivery at the front, as often times there is no loading area behind the building. On the left side are some of our local favourites, Ting, Kola Champagne and Cream Soda.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Wholesale in Papine

Looking for a variety of products at cheap prices? Then you have to check out a road side wholesale store. These cramped little shops stock tons of stuff, household appliances, clothing, shoes, perfume, cosmetics, costume jewelry, toys, everything piled all the way up to the ceiling.

Sunday, September 21, 2008


Guineps (mamoncillo) are in season. While walking around Papine, I found quite a few vendors selling them in large bunches. While it resembles a small lime, the guinep is actually related to the lychee, and has a large seed surrounded by pulpy fruit. For more info on guineps click here.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Coconuts on the Go

Hand Carts are the popular choice of street vendors all over the island. Made of recycled parts, they are relatively inexpensive to construct, and great for both transporting and displaying produce.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Shopping Plaza

Here is a small shopping plaza in Papine. In addition to stores, it also houses the Police Station.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


The slightly strange looking fruit displayed above is called Ackee. It is the main ingredient in Jamaica's national dish Ackee and Saltfish (Codfish). In order to be edible however, it ought to be left to open naturally on the tree before being picked. Unripened Ackee contains toxins, and may be poisonous if eaten.

Super Bus

A few years ago articulated buses were introduced to Kingston. At first I wondered how they could possibly turn corners on our narrow roads, but so far they seem to be managing the feat.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

At the Bus Stop

This is one in a chain of bus stops that runs almost the entire length of the road in Papine. The picture was taken a little before peak time, so the crowds had not yet gathered.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Papine Square

Although we all love the beach, I hope to show a more balanced view of daily life in Jamaica. Here is a picture of Papine Square in the Kingston Corporate Area. It serves as a transportation hub for the surrounding residential areas and nearby universities, and has open air shopping plazas, a market, and of course a multitude of street vendors.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Negril Hideaway

Hi and welcome to my Jamaica photo blog. This being my first post, I thought I'd start off with something Jamaica is famous for... Beautiful Beaches. This is a small private beach in Negril a few miles from the main strip. It's one of my favourite places.