Another year, another adventure, and another exciting destination to discover. This year I was exceptionally ecstatic because we were going to the beautiful island of Ocho Rios, Jamaica. I must say that I was not looking forward to the humidity or the nagging insects, but I was hoping that the entertainment will keep my mind away from those pesky things. What this trip differs from the others is that everything comprised in our resort is all- inclusive. This meaning that my sister and I did not need to disturb, or cause any burden to our parents, because we did not need money. All in all, I knew that this Jamaica trip was going to be a luxury, so I could not wait until the beginning of August to take flight.
When I arrived at Jamaica I felt like I was in paradise, almost a dream, but that fantasy all ended right when I walked outside of the airport. Jamaica did not end up as pretty as I imagined it would be because the area looked abandoned, and what people would call “dead”. The landscape was practically dried grass and poor made homes, which was devastating to see. When my family was being transported to the resort, I thought I was risking my life because in Jamaica they drive on the other side of the road, which if one has not been, it is something quite dreadful. Later everything changed when we got to the Riu Resort because it was gorgeous and not at all appalling.
Right when we arrived at the resort, I was completely ready for my all- inclusive meals. But that was just one aspect that made my trip enjoyable, the other was the entertainment. As an Asian family in a strange Jamaican world, we were clueless where to have some fun. We ended up going zip lining and climbing Dunn’s River Falls. My experience zip lining was one I would never forget. I felt like a monkey swinging from vine to vine, without the actual danger of falling. What was quite frightening, in my experience, was that every time I got hooked up to the zip line, I was too short to reach the floor. So my feet were always dangling while the many workers had to pick me up to hook me up to the line. My dependency did not end there because when I climbed the waterfall it was a team effort.
When I climbed the waterfall, I was joined with ten to fifteen others. Our tour guide told us that we better hold on to our bikinis because he said it was not unusual for a lady to lose her top. This was an amusing story, but oh was I worried! Climbing the waterfall was fearful, but it was also something incredible because not many say “I have ascended a waterfall”. While I was climbing, it felt like a competition between me and the water because the water’s force would always try to push me down. But in the end I was the true winner because I made it to the top.
Overall this trip brought out the courage in me because I faced things that I would never do at home. Having free stuff was nice, but being able to try new things was even better. Jamaica also opened my eyes to how lucky I am to have a nice and safe home, because I learned that many were living in poverty in Jamaica. This trip has been a life lesson for me which I will cherish my entire life.
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