Airport excitement, warm sunny weather and a beautiful breezy evening
15.05.2019 - 15.05.2019 29 °C
We made it!
Everyone made it to the airport on time. Everyone was in good spirits and excited for the trip.
Everyone was really happy to be standing in the Jamaican sun!
Once we landed we had a very interesting bus ride to the University of West Indies. One of our bus drivers talked to us about his farm and how he used to grow ginger. He had two successful crops, but then purchased ginger seeds from China that ended up being 'sick' or 'diseased', resulting in the plant sickness penetrating the soil, and remaining there for the last five years.
We seemed to overwhelmingly agree that there was a major discrepancy between the different areas of living in Kingston. After viewing many different areas we came to the conclusion that different ares of Kingston experience different level of socioeconomic status. Many buildings and areas we witnessed were rundown and as we got closer to the University campus we saw buildings that were kept safe and seemed more high class. This experience helps us understand the vast difference in class and economic status between different groups of people.
We also noticed differences in everyday activities, such as the way the locals drive on the road. For example, they enforce rules of the road in Canada and majority of the drivers follow those rules. When we left Kingston airport I noticed that rules of the road are not enforced as they are in Canada and I didn't notice any speed limit signs. It also came to my attention and other team member's that some local persons sell products on the side of the road (something that we do not see in Canada) to support community and also to make ends meet.
We were greeted by our UWI ambassador, given an orientation of the residences and the security services available on the campus. We all agreed that after the tour and orientation we were a bit more comfortable with our surrounding. After eating dinner we went to the on-campus grocery store.
As we're sitting in our residence processing our day, it's obvious that students made big and small observations about differences Canadian and Jamaican culture, micro crime prevention strategies, and differences in the economies and social setting.