Today was the first day that was fully dedicated to learning about the Jamaican
culture. Prior to us taking off for the day however, we spent around an hour
getting our supplies ready to be shipped for our health fair in Mandeville next
week. Initially we planned to take the supplies ourselves but a representative
from Northern Caribbean University from the Mandeville campus was in our area
and is transferring the items for us to save time.
Soon after we were in route to our first stop, the Bob Marley Museum! This was a very special event for me since I'm a pretty big fan of Marley's music. What I realized while viewing the exhibits in the museum, was that he was so much more than a singer. Bob Marley was a true artist that used his passion for singing to bring people from all corners of the world together. In his concert held in Milan, Italy in 1980, he packed the arena with over 100,000 people from all over the planet. His songs of peace and equality still play on the radios of many today and continue to poetry "one love".
Then it was time to depart the museum and head to Port Royal. This is a historic
area on the coast whcih at one time called "the richest and wickedest city in the world" because of the silk and gold trade in the 1600's. Pirates, who were at that time called "brethren of the coast," looted the near by ships Spanish ships for many years ago. We had a beautiful oceanic lunch with such foods as curried lobster, fried whole fish and many of the local favorite additions. The restaurant, named Gloria's, had been
recommended by many and it did not disappoint. After lunch we walked by a monument of old cannons that line the coast as if still protecting the borders. I couldn't help but to imagine how life for the local people when those cannons were in use.