GUEST BLOGGERS

Guest Blogger:  My name is Emily Faye and I LOVE to travel. I currently travel pretty frequently for my job to places you would never think to go to. I’m always happy to come home, but feel the itch every couple of months. My favorite places I’ve been are Thailand, Turkey, and Morocco. In all, I’ve been to nearly 20 countries!  Posts by Emily Faye: San Francisco (1) and San Francisco (2).

Guest Blogger: My name is Elizabeth and I am always up for an adventure! Whether is it finding the best swimming hole around Washington DC or the best street food in Tawian, I am there. Some of my most exotic travel experiences were while studying and traveling through Asia, but I have had many just as memorable trips in the good old USA. Posts by Elizabeth: Climbing Mount Washington and Swimming in Beaver Dam (MD).

Guest Blogger:  My name is Yelena, and traveling the world is my passion! My travels so far have been primarily around the U.S. and into the Caribbean. My best travel experiences have been with my husband, where we wander around and explore a new area without much of a plan. I get the travel bug often, and act on it way more than I probably should. I have created some great moments and picked up tips along the way that I’m eager to share with you!  Post by Yelena: Aruba Review and Playa del Carmen.

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Do you have a great travel itinerary or a recommendation of DOs/DONTs for a particular location?  Well, come be a guest blogger!  Email me at MsCourtneyMara@gmail.com with information about you (for the “Guest Bloggers” page), a photo of you (not required – it’s for the “Guest Bloggers” page), your itinerary/recommendations, and any travel photos that you would like featured.

3 Responses to “GUEST BLOGGERS”

  1. Claudette February 2, 2012 at 10:58 pm #

    I am from Jamaica and I worked with your Mom Barbara at the UI office. Ja is a wonderful place to go. Montegobay is a nice place to stay, nice white sand beach and lots of places to go and shop. One of my favorite places in Montegobay to go was the Half Moon Shopping Village and the Taj Mahal’s Duty Free Store. People are friendly and we like to have a good time, good food, you have to try our jerk chicklen or jerk pork, coconut jelly water and our best coffee in the world which is blue mountain.

    As a Jamaican, everywhere you go there are pros and cons. If you are taking a cab to go down town just be careful that you are not overcharged, it is best for you to change your Us dollars at the hotel or a cambio where you actually get more for your US. If you take a local cab to go into the town and you give them US you will get less Jamaican dollars for your US. eg 1 US dollar in Ja. is worth 84.00. a cab driver may want to give you 70.00 Jamaican dollar for your 1 US. Get your US dollars changed in Jamaican dollar and what you can do is ask at the front desk , what is the local cab fare to go into the town. So you can plan ahead. Ask the receptionist or the bar tenders they know a lot and will point you in the right direction.

    I am sure you all will have a wonderful time in Ja. as we all say, No problem mon! which means nothing bother us. I am going to teach you a little patois, it is a dialect which we use in Ja, When you go to have a drink at the bar, and you tell the bar tender what you would like to drink instead of saying yes say yeah mon! and if any one ask you how you are doing, said everything irie man! which means everything is good. You will hear we use a lot of words like no problem mon! which means nothing bother us. I will give your mama some more.
    Claudette P-R.
    Peace!

  2. Claudette February 2, 2012 at 11:07 pm #

    I am from Jamaica and I worked with your Mom Barbara at the UI office. Ja is a wonderful place to go. Montegobay is a nice place to stay, nice white sand beach and lots of places to go and shop. One of my favorite places in Montegobay to go was the Half Moon Shopping Village and the Taj Mahal’s Duty Free Store. People are friendly and we like to have a good time, good food, you have to try our jerk chicklen or jerk pork, coconut jelly water and our best coffee in the world which is blue mountain.

    As a Jamaican, everywhere you go there are pros and cons. If you are taking a cab to go down town just be careful that you are not overcharged, it is best for you to change your Us dollars at the hotel or a cambio where you actually get more for your US. If you take a local cab to go into the town and you give them US you will get less Jamaican dollars for your US. eg 1 US dollar in Ja. is worth 84.00. a cab driver may want to give you 70.00 Jamaican dollar for your 1 US. Get your US dollars changed in Jamaican dollar and what you can do is ask at the front desk , what is the local cab fare to go into the town. So you can plan ahead. Ask the receptionist or the bar tenders they know a lot and will point you in the right direction.

    I am sure you all will have a wonderful time in Ja. as we all say, No problem mon! which means nothing bother us. I am going to teach you a little patois, it is a dialect which we use in Ja, When you go to have a drink at the bar, and you tell the bar tender what you would like to drink instead of saying yes say yeah mon! and if any one ask you how you are doing, say everything irie man! which means everything is good. You will hear we use a lot of words like no problem mon! which means nothing bother us. I will give your mama some more.
    Claudette P-R.
    Peace!

    • Courtney Mara February 3, 2012 at 8:50 pm #

      Thanks for writing, Claudette! Great information. Matt and I are really excited to get married in Jamaica.

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