Category Archives: Jamaica 2012

Jetlag

Well we landed back in the UK after a 9 hour flight back from Jamaica with ZERO sleep on the flight. We had premium seats & enough booze to send a wino to sleep but I was unable to sleep.

After a terrible time at the carousel waiting for our bags to appear which seemed to take an eternity we were off through customs & passport control without a hitch to be met by Mrs C’s parents.

We said our goodbyes to our special friends David & Beverley & headed off into the Manchester rain. Upon arriving home my parents had put the kettle on as they’d stayed at ours looking after the 2 boys. Oh what a difference a good cuppa tea makes.

Spent the day working from home clearing the plethora of emails I’d received & working through the usual CAD Management queries. Also spent the day fighting the jetlag.

Mrs C insisted I had to stay awake until at least 22:00hrs so that the jetlag didn’t take hold, that was a hard thing to do. I watched United in the evening & that didn’t help the jetlag at all as they were poorer than poor.

Then had 3 full days in the office & each day dragged with the jetlag taking hold. Early nights didn’t even shift it.

The guys & gals at work had a collection for me fo my 50th & I was treated to some wine a decent bottle of malt whiskey & 4 cans of Red Stripe (Jamaican beer) which sat tempting me on my desk all day!

On thursday I tidied up some of the gifts I’d been given for my birthday & ended smashing a full bottle of Rioja all over me! I can blame this on the jetlag.

Weekend finally arrived & we had a fairly decent lie in (10:45) which seemed to kill of the jetlag.

Saturday night I watch Dr No & saw some familiar sights from Jamaica (Crab Quay & Dunns River Falls).

Sunday we went over to see Harry, Sam, Matt & Drew. We als o caught up with my brother & his family.

Then later sunday night it was Boys Brigade enrolment night for the 2 youngest.

Jamaica day 7 – last full day :-(

Today was the day that my cousin Julie packed her case to leave, so we all had an early breakfast (08:15) as Julie’s pick up was 09:10

It was usual breakfast for Bev and I poached & boiled eggs on bagels, Michele & David elected not to have their usual though of fresh omelette.

We all sat around having a laugh at last nights Italian dinner as it was so far removed from being Italian it was wrong. Don’t get me wrong the food was nice but it was not Italian. The main course was the culprit 5 out of 6 of us ordered chicken Parmesan & what appeared was more KFC!

You could tell instantly things weren’t right from the look of shock at the table :-s.

We then said our goodbyes to Julie and agreed we’d all had a fab time and got on famously.

Then it was off to the beach to catch some rays, albeit that it was a little overcast. As the day went on the weather turned a little wet. David & I did manage a swim in the sea while it rained though which was different.

Lunch was followed by a little bit of shopping then some cards and a few drinks in the bar overlooking the pool as we were in the middle of a proper Jamaican down pour again but we had a laugh.

Beverley has now caught me up and passed me with the cold symptoms but both of us have been well brave and not moaned once.

Tonight we are off to the grill which is our favourite restaurant at 20:30

There has been a large intake of guests today so a little bit more lively.

Tomorrow is home time and the pickup is 12:30 Jamaican time (18:30 UK time)

We’ve all had a great relaxing time & will sumerise when I get home and add some photos.

Jamaica day 6

Apologies for yesterday’s short and rambling post but the drink on the cruise got the better of me I think as we’d not eaten since breakfast and I was a little bit :-S

The trip yesterday to Dunns River Falls started off from Ochos Rios on a catermaran which moored up in the ocean where we were able to scuba dive off a reef. Only David and I did this while the 3 girls stayed on board the catermaran topping their tans up. While scuba diving I swam through a shoal of yellow fish about the size of my hand, below us was a natural reef with many other fish feeding.

Once we were back on board the catermaran we set sail again towards the Dunns River Falls, along the coast we passed the aluminium docks that were featured in Dr No (James Bond 007), then passed an estate with a natural spring waterfall that fell into the sea that was once owned by Arthur Ash (tennis player), it was later sold to Mick Jagger (Rolling Stones) but is now owned by the Sandals hotel chain.

Once we docked at the falls we were shown our guide and camera man, while cousin Julie was shown her guide as Julie had opted not to climb the water falls and was going up the dry route known as the chicken run. Once at the top I think Julie had made the right choice for her. We returned to the catermaran and were hounded for tips by our guides before we set sail off out to sea for some beers and rum punches with a spot of dancing, all has been caught on camera though 😉

Later last night we had fine dining in the French restaurant which was delightful. However the end of the evening had a damp ending due to a wet Jamaican downpour.

Today started off wet so we cancelled the shopping trip to Ochos Rios which caused several calls of concern by our taxi driver who pestered us!

David and I watched the united game against Tottenham in our room only to see united put a very lacklustre effort in in the first half and go in 0-2 down. Fergie worked his magic in the changing rooms and there were 3 goals in 3 minutes, but not enough for united to over come spurs who won 2-3.

The 3 girls sat by the beach as the rain had parted but it was still a little overcast. Later in the afternoon the 3 girls and David had a massage while I sat by the pool and read my kindle. We then spent the remaining hours by the pool albeit that it was very overcast however still warm. Tonight we are booked in at the Italian restaurant, then tomorrow Julie will be leaving us for her return trip to Chicago. Will really miss her when she goes but hopefully it won’t be long before we catch up again soon.