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Comment from: Kiel Christianson [Member] Email
Hey Tim--I haven't been to Jamaica for, oh, 25 years. At the time, it was pretty safe for tourists to wander around places like Montego Bay and Negril without being too concerned. (Though there were diesel price-riots when we left, and had to get past road blocks of burning tires built by angry truckers.) But I'd heard that things had gotten dodgey in the past 10 years or so. Your take?
10/13/08 @ 18:23
Comment from: Tim McDonald [Member] Email
I lived in Kingston, Jamaica a while back, working for the AP, and it was pretty rough.

The resort areas go through periodic crime waves. They've recently increased security in Montego Bay, where I am now, to combat rising crime.

They're also installing closed circuit cameras in other areas of the country.

Still, if you stick to the tourist areas and the resorts, you'll be OK.

10/14/08 @ 15:06
Comment from: Kiel Christianson [Member] Email
But I hate tourist areas and resorts (when not working). I still have a sugarcane machete I bought in Jamaica in a local market outside of Montego Bay where I was the only non-Jamaican for miles around. The resorts were boring in comparison.
10/16/08 @ 16:00
Comment from: Tim McDonald [Member] Email
Yeah, I have one from Trinidad. Over there,they call them "cutlasses."

I like that.

Cutlass.
10/16/08 @ 16:19
Comment from: Kiel Christianson [Member] Email
Right! And a bad Oldsmobile was named after them. Those machetes are a lot cooler than those cars were...
10/16/08 @ 22:57

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