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Preparing For Retirement In Jamaica

by Clinton .B
(England)

Hi everyone.

Having moved to the UK from Jamaica at the age of twelve in 1969, I am now in the process of building a house for my retirement in Jamaica.

I have returned to Jamaica many times since my first trip in 1986 and have never had an experience that has made me think I don't want to come back.

I have just come back after two weeks in Jamaica where I saw my house which is been project managed by my cousin. the budget has taken a hit which was not unexpected with this sort of thing, but everything is going very well so far, and I'm feeling very blessed.

By far the most rewarding and enjoyable part of my visit is serving in my cousins shop because it gets me speaking real patois and interacting with the general population again. And it really takes me back down memory lane.

There are so many things which are still the same as when I was a young boy growing up in Jamaica; things like:

- buying one pound of flour and corn meal,
- salt fish chopped weighed and wrapped in brown paper from the flour sack
- oil measured into a pop bottle,
- been given sweets in place of small change
- hearing a little voice and turning round to see a young child standing there with a note to buy the families dinner.

Editor's Note
Hi Clinton,
Thanks for your contribution, this is great.

I love the last paragraph that captures the essence of the good ole Jamaica! Do you mind saying which parish this is?

I am just curious?

See also: Migrating to Jamaica & how to apply for permanent status in Jamaica

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