Swing of Things

Trip Start Nov 15, 2006
Trip End Nov 16, 2008

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Friday, January 19, 2007

HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL! Hope you all had a great Christmas. My second big trip out of Kingston was home for Dads retirement and Christmas. Following a wee bit of drama in Gatwick, it was a bit like that film 'planes, trains and automobiles' in the dash to make the party in time but all was well in the end - even though my sister and brothers girlfriend had about 3 layers of fake tan on them so as not to be outdone by my tan... They needn't have worried. The cloudy and wet weather I brought with me to Jamaica didn't really ease up in time for me to top up before my pasty return...
The rest was the usual Christmas madness, and running around like a headless chicken and it was just brilliant to catch up with many of ye over it. I cant believe it flew in so fast and I wont lie, I was sad enough to be leaving to come back. On my first day back at work heading into the office though with coffee in hand, the smell of cut grass and the heat of the sun on my face, I thought, how bad can it be...? 900+ emails awaiting me made a bit of a dent in my happy buzz mind you...
Finally moved into my apartment and starting to settling in properly at least. I love it - though I nearly managed to burn it down last night... Don't ask! It could take a while to get used to the fact that there's no one else around to rescue me from my blonde moments... Work is interesting, if busy and twelve hour days are the norm - sure nothing new there. A bit like Digifone in the good(bad) old days - I sometimes feel like I'm in a bit of a timewarp. Hopefully some of the things I learned there over the years stick anyway. Socially it's all good though everyone pretty much lives for the weekends. I have my first invite to the Irish Ambassadors party next Tues too - bring on the Ferrero Roche!
Starting to get my bearings a bit better as well though I haven't really any concept of how far things are away yet. Last weekend I headed up into the mountains for a spin. I'd heard of this really niceplace called Strawberry Hill and figured it would only be a 20 minute drive away. An hour later i was still literally winding my way up this tiny dodgy road, reliving all my nightmares involving driving off the top of Slieve League. In parts there was nothing separating you from the sheer drops and the oncoming traffic coming at you at speed did nothing to inspire confidence! I couldn't even turn around as the road was so narrow so onwards and upwards it was - all the while with the Killers playing on the stereo, some song this the lyrics 'Its a long way down'- freakin me out all the more...  I finally got to a place called Irishtown (well there would be one wouldn't there!) and was bemused to see a basketball ring and backboard up on a tree on a particularly bad corner of the road passing through the village. Maybe the threat of a speeding vechicle adds a certain extra edge to the game. There was a little pub in Irishtown but I don't think it qualifies as an Irish pub which refreshingly means I still haven't seen one Irish bar since I got here. They do like their Guinness here though.
But counting down the hours here at the moment as later this evening I'm off to "Whaoo hooo hooo ho ho ho Montego Bay" (Who sang it?) My first visitor, David (otherwise known as Papa of the Mombasa Mama and Papa fame!), has arrived so I'm heading up to meet him later for a long weekend of pampering and partying and I'm very excited! 80 degrees here today and I've just found out the resort we're booked into has 4 pools, a spa and is all inclusive!!! Oh lifes a beach indeed.
So tell me, has the snow melted over there yet....?
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