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13-19/2/12: first week in Jamaica

Well, so much has happened in the last week.  On Monday shown to my office - with air conditioning which if not controlled carefully makes things too cold which is a bit daft, no point in coming from England to shivering here!  Trying to get my head round the idea that if using heating the thermostat setting can be higher than if using air conditioning, surely it should be the opposite way round?

Met back up with valued colleagues we've worked with before, including Dr Camella Buddo, Dr Peter Jeong and Dr Marcia Rainford.  Saw Professor Zellyne Jennings-Craig, head of the Education Department, for a warm welcome.  And also met Dr Ray McEachin, originally from the USA but with UWI for many years, normally working in the mathematics department but currently working on the Jamacian Mathematics Olympiad, further information can be found here

Able to spend a good bit of time getting ready for workshops coming up which has been extremely helpful.  Also the office 'phone and my mobile have been ringing as previous contacts have been getting back in touch, with visits to schools and Shortwood Teaching College arranged in principle, watch this space!

Been finding my way around the Campus, in a later post will show some pictures giving the history of the site, including being a World War II internment camp and a sugar plantation.  Also an aqueduct running right through.  Managed to find where to buy tokens for the washing machines (the estate office, obviously!) and then rediscovered the barber shop Mr Spence showed me on the first full day - I spent 2 days trying to refind it, before getting my hair cut somewhere else!  Geography never was my strong point....

On Friday I moved to a smaller flat in Mona, away from the Campus but closer to the shops and to the church I'm going to.  Sorted myself out on Saturday, including getting broadband for the flat.

Church this morning, great to be welcomed back and to share something of what brings me here.  Hoping to have a reggae tutorial before I go back!  This afternoon went for a walk out of town up into the mountains, past Papine and up to Gordon Town before turning back.  Some great sights on the way:


























What a great place to be, what a privilege to be here.

Cooked a chicken curry using Jerk paste as a marinade - don't think anybody would recognise the result as an authentic Jamaican dish but I liked it!  And now getting up to date with this blog.  I'll try to keep posts coming a bit more regularly now.  Do let me know what you think!

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Chris Tennant on 20 February 2012 06:42
Great to travel with you, youv'e given us a good feel of your experiences. You could do a really fun presentation on the signs, some how.
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