Author Archives: Karee

Is Andrew Holness Jamaica’s Everyman?

Disclaimer: I have never met, personally interacted with or otherwise been affiliated with anyone named or mentioned in this post. I know them only through the media. All photos, unless otherwise stated, are the property of the candidate depicted. It is something that young Jamaicans are told to be ashamed of, but today I admit […]

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Educational Equality: taking the First Step on a Long Journey

Level(er) Playing Field (I really hate this cliché) Education Minister, Ronnie Thwaites, isn’t my favorite politician, actually he was pretty close to becoming my least favorite1 until he made the bold move of deciding to place students in high schools closer to their homes. While the primary reason he gave – students gathering at bus […]

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Don’t be Caught Dead in a Jamaican Public Hospital : A Rant

I read a few days ago of Mr. Jason Forbes who died on the floor of the waiting area at the Spanish Town Hospital in Jamaica. The next day I read the response of the president of the Jamaica Medical Doctors Association. I was saddened to read of the man’s death but the caustic response […]

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How I Managed to be Going to Manaus for #Brazil2014

In July 2012 while volunteering at the 19th International AIDS Conference, I met an activist from Cameroon who had a lot to share about his experience volunteering for South Africa 2010; I was intrigued and immediately set up a google alert to be notified when applications opened for Brazil 2014. The wait wasn’t long and […]

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Update: The Insatiable Urge to Sleep with Strangers and a Year’s Worth of Change

Thank you for bearing with me through such a lengthy hiatus. This is a largely incoherent attempt at catching up with you before resuming regular blogging. Enjoy! 1. Sleeping with strangers inspired me to travel Since joining CouchSurfing on May 4, 2009, I have had an insatiable urge to sleep with strangers. Well, I started off […]

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A New Year, and What Children Bear

The first weekend of 2014 is upon us and I have already broken a few promises I made to myself; but I am not disheartened. I am learning to see every single day, nay, moment, as an opportunity to travel the course I’ve charted and I am never, ever, giving up on this journey. You […]

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The Pre-Date: Safeguarding Jamaican Men’s Pockets Against Uncertain Pum-Pum since 2013

Dating is a form of courtship consisting of social activities done by two people with the aim of each assessing the other’s suitability as a partner in an intimate relationship or as a spouse. While the term has several meanings, it usually refers to the act of meeting and engaging in some mutually agreed upon […]

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On Uruguay, Reparations, Travel and Hand-Washing

I am in Uruguay. You can smoke ganja here if you want, but I don’t want. Montevideo, Uruguay has been my home for the past three months. Where is that? It’s in South America, east of Argentina, almost at the southeastern edge of the continent1. I am a little ashamed that I have not yet […]

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Trench Town Golden Age Home Needs your Help

I am very proud of my friend and fellow traveler Marianna who has taken up the cause of Jamaica’s elderly and homeless. She is trying to raise funds to help with improving the living conditions of 7-10 elderly, homeless people who take refuge at the Trench Town Golden Age Home.  Marianna visited the home last […]

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Jamaica Blog Day 2013: Police & Security Force Abuses

Two years ago I hosted a friend from New Zealand in my rural Jamaican hometown1. We were at a bar at around 6pm when five police officers casually approached the counter; they were dressed in dark blue outfits and each carried two guns: one machine gun in hand (likely an M-16 or M-5)and a handgun […]

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