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A Taste of Jamaica: My First Two Days on a Study Abroad Trip

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Stepping off the plane in Montego Bay, Jamaica, I could feel the warm embrace of the Caribbean sun welcoming me to this vibrant island. The first leg of my study abroad journey had brought me from Miami, Florida, to this lush paradise. After a scenic two-hour drive to St. Mary, we arrived at the picturesque beaches of Ochos Rorios, our home for the duration of the trip.

Day one was a whirlwind of excitement as we settled in and explored our surroundings. With the tantalizing aroma of Jamaican cuisine in the air, we had our pick of dining options for dinner, sampling local delicacies and immersing ourselves in the island’s flavors. As the evening unfolded, we delved into the nightly activities, embracing Jamaica’s rich culture and lively spirit.

On day two, our adventure continued with a comprehensive resort tour. Meeting with the heads of each department, we gained insights into the inner workings of the hospitality industry. Despite my initial department selections of Entertainment, Front Desk, and Sales, I was unexpectedly drawn to Food & Beverage – a delightful twist that perfectly suited my culinary interests.

As we prepared for our welcome dinner that evening, I relished connecting with the dedicated teams behind the scenes. Meeting the passionate individuals driving the resort’s success left me inspired and eager to dive deeper into my study abroad experience.

With each passing moment, Jamaica revealed itself as more than a destination – a journey of discovery, culture, and unforgettable memories. As I eagerly anticipate the days ahead, I know this vibrant island has much more in store, promising to enrich my study abroad experience in ways I could have never imagined.

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