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

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Package Holiday Paradise

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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

It was Jazz festival in Montego Bay and even though Kenny Rogers was one of the artists performing, tempting as it was, given I'd just come back from there four days before, I was happy to head somewhere different this weekend. So after a frantic dash to get out of work early to beat the Jazz festival traffic, a few of us set off on the 1 and a half hour drive to Ocho Rios, also along the North coast. Didn't quite leave early enough obviously as it took over 3 hours to get there.... Seemingly the whole island goes on the move for Jazz-time! The scenery on the way up was breath-taking in places. When you weren't too busy trying to navigate your way around the endless corners and potholes and dodging the trucks that come speeding towards you, to take it all in.
Landed into the town of Ocho Rios sometime after 6 and it was Harvest Fair Day in Glenties!! People and animals everywhere, meandering in and out through the queues of traffic that were beeping feverishly but not going anywhere fast. Actually, you find that the amount of beeping that goes on in general takes a bit of getting used to. And don't even start me on the lack of signposting.... Needless to say we were fairly pleased to  finally land at the hotel we had booked. And even more pleased to see how fab it was. We had just booked ourselves into Package Holiday Paradise..... All inclusive deal in a 850 room hotel complete with beach, 3 pools, numerous bars and restaurants, nightclub, 24 hour bar and optics in your bedroom.... Jaysus! You can imagine how it panned out... Very relaxing though all the same. Need to go back to Ochi sometime again soon... Maybe next time I'll even get beyond the hotel grounds (Shame on me!)
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