Monday, April 4, 2011

My Trip to Kingston...

Me, in Hope Gardens - Kingston, Jamaica!

My Trip to Kingston...

Hope Gardens, located on Old Hope Road in Kingston is a large national park filled with beautiful grounds. Here, the natural tropical foliage of Jamaica.

My Trip to Kingston...

Me in front of a mural at the University of the West Indies, Mona which is located in the Liguanea part of Kingston.

My Trip to Kingston...

When Britain conquered the Spanish for control of Jamaica in the seventeenth century, the crown quickly commissioned the building of a fort on Kingston Bay to thwart attempts by the Spanish to reclaim the island. Unfortunately, pirates became a big problem - with Captain Morgan and others robbing everybody (including the British) of its fortunes. So Britain decided to hire pirates (including Morgan) to work for the crown. Port Royal became the site of the commissioned fort, Fort Charles, and the port became renouned for the debauchery that was common amongst pirates. Here is a picture of me at Fort Charles.

My Trip to Kingston...


Grafitti located on Old Hope Road in Kingston, Jamaica. Sadly, Jamaica's legal system is one that criminalizes homosexual conduct, so it's common to find grafitti criticizing the lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) lifestyle. In addition to this unfounded claim about the transgender lifestyle, I spotted the message, "Cancer Lesbianism" just a block from the home of Bob Marley. The purpose of my trip to Jamaica was to research the criminalization of homosexuality in Jamaica.