A Freelance Writer’s Life Abroad: Inside Peek at My Life as an American Living in Negril, Jamaica for a Year, Part XXV

Written by Yuwanda Black

I can’t believe that I started writing this series more than three years ago, and that – yet again – it’s been almost a year since I’ve updated it. I’ve been back to Jamaica since then (in April of this year I was here for a month for the SEO copywriter training seminar), but I forgot my camera and didn’t take not one photo – not one. I was sick about it.

 Note: See links to all posts in this series.

So, now I’m back for almost three months. I’m here primarily to get in some training for the Reggae Marathon in December. It’ll be my third one in as many years and I like to train on the beach because it’s such a good way to get your endurance up.

I arrived on October first and settled into my apartment. It’s a new spot for me and the fourth apartment I’ve rented since I started coming in 2009 (see pics; hover to get a description and click for larger view). My apartment is in a compound owned by a prominent local family. It’s a one bedroom with a nice balcony – which is great because you need some type of outdoor space to catch a breeze when it gets too hot during the day.

My apt in Negril (top floor)I’m going to buy and air conditioner because I just can’t stand the heat during the day. Even though it’s October, it’s soooo hot during the day. The building is stone, so it really holds the heat and even though there are ceiling fans, it’s just not enough to keep me cool.

I’m a native Floridian, so am used to heat, but this Caribbean heat is something else altogether.

The bedroom is cool though – thank goodness. So all I’ll need is a small air conditioner to cool one room – the living room – where I work during the day and watch TV at night.

Becoming a Signal Whore – Again!

My return to Jamaica was rough in that the first couple of days, the internet was out in my area. I couldn’t even “whore up” a signal. To explain, I’ve talked about having to be a signal whore before while travelling. It’s no fun, let me tell you.

Main House in Compound Where I ResideI went to place after place after place on the Cliffs, where I reside in Negril, looking for a place that had a connection to no avail. I finally found a place on the beach that had one, but it was so ssssllloooowwwww that I just gave up. This made me miss a deadline; and I’d already missed one preparing for my trip to Jamaica. So I missed two deadlines in one week.

To put this in perspective, I haven’t missed more than three deadlines in my whole freelance career – which goes back to 1993. When added to the heat, having to settle into yet another apartment, grocery shopping (and not finding a lot of my favorite foods), etc., I’ve just felt out of kilter.

My sister and I have a saying when we feel like this; we say we’re “tilted.” And that’s exactly what I felt like – just left or right of center, ya know?

Settling In

Anyhoo, things are finally settling down now. I got cable, the internet is humming along beautifully and my fridge is stocked (cold beer – yes!). I even have a washer in my apartment – never had that before. And even though I’m back to having “crunchy towels,” washing clothes by hand is no fun, so this is a real luxury I’m enjoying — especially as you can change clothes easily three or four times a day due to the heat and working out.

DSC04219-copyrighted-materialNo, I don’t have a dryer, but the compound has a clothes line and the sun dries things lickety split.  I have just a few more things to do, ie, get a dresser and get my AC and get it installed – and I’ll be all better.

Now I’m off for my daily run. I’ve been working out a lot since I got here – I love running on the beach. Well actually, I hate it while I’m doing it, but love the BENEFITS of it as far as endurance and the toning of my hips, bum and thighs.

Now that I’m back until late December, I’ll be doing a few more updates. I don’t plan on taking any trips this time – usually I go to the mineral springs up in the Blue Mountains. But you never know! 🙂

Hope you’re looking forward to the weekend. I made it to the beach this past Sunday – which I plan to make a habit of every Sunday.

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for this week’s Quick Tip for Freelance Writing Success, ok?

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