Passing out in the street

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

leaving jamaica seemed just as hard as getting into it for me.. because I'd changed my ticket so much.. 3 date changes and then a route change (without any charges, big up air jamaica!) i had to get a new plane ticket printed and a voucher for the fare difference, i thought it would be an easy keystroke but it took the very puzzled lady at the desk over 45 minutes, luckily i was feeling really patient that morning and didn't give s**t and just leaned back calmly reading the paper whilst the ever growing line of waiting customers were getting irate.. back at the check in desk i asked for two baggage tags for my one bag, one for the outside and one for the inside in case it gets lost and the tag gets ripped off, which happened to me on the way to this island.. the lady snapped "NO" ...so I'm only allowed one piece of cardboard and elastic then? what about if i had two bags? wouldn't that cost the company an extra luggage space and the extra tag anyway? I'm doing the airline a favour for saving them space, why are they being so tight for?.. i was also quizzed about a return ticket to england, which Jamaicans in airports are obsessed about, i told her I'll get it in Miami.. the girl went back behind the doors to talk to a supervisor or just waste time a came back out warning me I'll need a ticket home when i come back on this return ticket to Miami.. I'm thinking of writing a letter to the new tourism minister to tell the airport immigration and airline employees to stop being such dicks..

anyway once again Miami airport seemed a breeze to get through and warmly welcomed, the buses to the hostel worked in perfect timing for me and the weather was good.. after dropping my stuff i immediately headed downtown to change my unwaterproof waterproof camera but the shop was full of greasy sale assistants that had no interest in the dud camera they sold but just wanted me to by an inferior spec camera for more money.. i ended up sending the camera to pentax and telling them to send back a new one to an holding address to which i can forward depending on where i am in the world.. fingers crossed..

Miami has a great party scene that first night i got quite wrecked, managed to see a few bars, chat to a few girls and survive a drunken moped ride through town.. a few days of easy socialising went passed until the Tuesday.. i went out to the beach to top up my tan, i was there for about an hour, got bored and returned to the hostel.. during the day my skin slowly turned from white to pink to red to finally a glowing signal red, my face was severely burnt but i had arranged a night out with the lads to a club called mangoes and was feeling well up for it burnt face or not..

i was pretty tanked before we left the hostel, i remember chatting to a couple a Argentinean girls, ordering a couple of vodka redbulls and long island teas, dancing like the best dancer in the world, chatting a mix of English, french, creole and Spanish to the Spanish speaking girls and finally saying I'm leaving to go to another bar... next thing i know I'm face down on a step on collins avenue, it's a bright sunny day and i have an old lady shaken her broom at me and shouting Spanish for me to move.. i stumble up and think 'when the f*uck am i?" and head off, once i get my bearings I'm going the wrong way so have to do a u-turn back passed the crazy Spanish granny.. i check my pockets and every things there, my arse isn't hurting so thats a good sign but i also realise I've lost my favourite visor hat that has helped me keep my hair in control for the last year.. i haven't a clue what happened after leaving the club and I'm sure I'll never know, I'm thinking i may have thwarted an attempted gay date raping but maybe I'm giving myself too much credit.. it was probably that most harmless sounding but harshest kicking of drinks, the long island tea
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