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Spear Fishing Jamaican Style

One of my all time favorite pass times in Jamaica was spear fishing. For the people who don’t know what that is it’s simply when you have a gun and you shoot fish. That’s the simple way of putting it but you know a good thing about doing it in Jamaica is that there are many places where you can do it. That is because there are many rivers in Jamaica and you can make equipment to go hunting for the fish very simply. Now you might think that it is overly difficult to go in the river and shoot a fish but it’s rather simple. First all you have to do is gun a spear gun, find a river and go shoot fish.

I happen to remember the gun a few friends and I built from a carved wood, a few nails and a medical tube. Those medical tubes were hard to come buy but they were incredibly strong flexible and were used for all our builds. The procedure to build these guns was simple and needed basic wood cutting skills.

Now the best time to go is during the summer when the water is nice and warm and also the rivers are as clear as the sea. I would definitely suggest going to ST Elizabeth for spear fishing also as there is one main river called Black River (not to be confused with the city/town) of black river.  There is sure to be joy for all who decide to take the trip to Jamaica and whom decide that spear fishing is something they would want to do there.

The Two dominant Jamaican accents

I’m a proud country man and it’s because of that, when the debates come up about who sounds better in Jamaica in terms of their accent or slang I say the country man has a finer tuned accent that showcases what the real Jamaica sounds like. However if you are visiting you should know that Jamaican patwa is like any other dialect or language or slang whatever it is referred to as.

There are fundamental differences in the different parts of Jamaica with city life being very different from rural life and because of this there are more varied mannerisms and different scenery. This creates two distinct types of Jamaican accents as you’ll be surprised to know. You may be asking, how can such a small country have different accents, but it’s true.  Any Jamaican knows you can tell another Jamaican’s city of origin based on how they sound. People from the country well tend to do more “low brow” things and that is the main way for you to find out whether the Jamaican person if from the city or the country.

This is an example of a country accent!

Spear Fishing Jamaican Style

Spear fishing in Jamaica is much more fun and dangerous than other places because the guns are typically home made. The guns are made from simple materials you can find around the house wood that is shaped, nails, and tubes.  This however makes Jamaican spear fishing more dangerous but if proper precautions are taken then there shall be no problems.

One of the best things about growing up in rural Jamaica is that you have both requirements for a fun fishing trip. This includes massive rivers with nice fresh water and also the tools needed to build the equipment. As it turns out this is one of the major advantages of rural Jamaica. You can find anything you need and it puts you in a place where you have to live simple and use your brain to create solutions to your problems.

The best thing about spear fishing however is the fun people have when they come together. Many a times you see people running getting freaked out because they thought they saw a crocodile but then it turned out to be a branch or a piece of wood. The funnier times though have been when you see people running out of the water scared as a little child because they thought they saw something. Even more when people have tried to swim across the massive river and thought they saw something in the water thus causing them to swim like they were in a cartoon.

Spear fishing is an amazing thing too because of the home made guns the spectacle of diving in the river with only goggles and the fun and in few minutes coming up with a fish at the end of the spear.

It is times like this when you sit back think and realize that Jamaica is just more fun!!!

Why you should be living in rural jamaica

If you are someone from the city then you probably view people from rural areas as low brow hicks. Personally I do not know where this came from but all I can say that it is not true.  Here I’ll give you why rural Jamaica is a very impressive place to grow up and why if you were growing up in Jamaica you would want to live in the rural areas.

1.)    Nature: this one is pretty simple people from rural areas enjoy the natural beauty of the country. You have rivers, hills, mountains, fruits all you can think of. Being able to enjoy fruits and other foods found in nature is also a big plus of living in a rural area and by finding I mean that you find it in the wild. Have you ever dreamt about just going out with little supplies and simply surviving by eating delicious fruits you can find easily in the wild? Then you definitely would want to take a bigger look at rural Jamaica.

2.)    You turn out more rounded: You would turn out more rounded if you lived in the country. Why? Because simply there are a wider variety of activities available to you and especially if you lived in rural Jamaica. Have you ever wanted to learn to work with your hands and feet while at the same time developing your intellectual mind? Then you would love living in rural areas. If you are person that loves to fish and loves to plant then you probably are already living in the country.  Imagine having acres of land to plant whatever your heart desired. That is what rural Jamaican could mean for you.

3.)    Better Place to raise a child: You may agree or disagree but it is proven time and time again that raising a child in the city poses many risks as the child is continually tempted to do bad things. Many parents would rather not expose their young ones to certain unpleasant details of city life and therefore would definitely love the city. Imagine teaching your children how to survive in nature, how to fish, how to play sports, how to raise animals, all in a care free unpolluted environment.

So if you are wondering where is the best place to live? I would say rural Jamaica. It is where anyone that just wanted to get away and be at one with themselves and nature would want to live and also if you were the type to want a modern yet humble upbringing.

Types of Jamaican Mangoes Part 1

Mangoes are really delicious fruits and if you are Jamaican then you probably know what I mean. If you can think of a fruit as sweet and as abundant and has given you as many adventures as it has a Jamaican person, then you are dreaming. The reason why mangoes are so popular in Jamaica is the simple fact that they are plentiful, delicious, nutritious, and they come in all sorts of colors, sizes, and tastes. Jamaican mangoes are what you need after a long day to relax and unwind. They could help the person who wants to get vitamins and at the same time eat a fruit that tastes great.

The best thing about Jamaican mangoes however is the fact that they are so varied means that there is something for everyone. For example for the person who likes lots of mangoes will appreciate what Jamaicans simple call “common mangoes” or the yellow hairy mangoes commonly found. The best thing about these mangoes is that they are VERY sweet and they are usually in abundance.

The Most common type of jamaican mango

Common mangoes in all their glory

The next type we will be covering in this first part is the “green skin” type of mango. These mangoes are amazing because they are green when ripe and tend to be smaller than the common mangoes.You will love eating the green skin mango because it one of the more rare types of mangoes you’ll find in Jamaica. You will know that these mangoes are ripe because when you feel them they will be soft to the touch.

Green Skin Jamaican Mangoes

The best mangoes you’ll ever find

While i was not able to go into all types of mangoes you’ll find when you visit Jamaica I can tell you that green skin mangoes are some of the best and my favorite mangoes. the reason for this being simply the taste, which is something I cannot describe to you but you will have to experience yourself. Come back again so I can show you more types of Jamaican mangoes you should taste.


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