Moving Back to Jamaica

A blog about my Move Back to Jamaica after 20+ years of living in the US. Most of the articles focus on the period from 2005-2009 when the transition was new, and at it's most challenging.

Thursday, July 07, 2005


OK, I found a real contact that gave me a special price at one of the most reputable shippers.

Once again, the network clicked in and I was able to find someone who is close friend of acouple of friends of mine, and a cousin. That worked well!

Now, for the logistics of filling a 20ft container, the thought of which leaves me with the question of how big a container of 20ft size really is? Is that big? Is that small? How many boxes of medium size does that hold? Will it hold everything I have, or not?

It's kind of a scary thing to realize that until the container shows up at my doorstep, I will have no idea what it will hold. At that point, it will be too late to get rid of some stuff, or to acquire more stuff.

I'd better have plenty of manpower on hand to assist in that move, that's for sure!

In the meantime I'e been searching the web to find out exactly what a "Returning Resident" is allowed to bring back to Jamaica. The list allows exemptions for certain items without duty, such as one bicycle per family.

One bicycle per family? That seems to be unrealistic to me, as if I had children what in the world would I do with only a single bicycle? As it is, I have 2 bicycles and my wife has one, so I'm sending one ahead with my father who is coming to visit next week. He's been asking me over and over when I'm bringing my bike down, as he's become an avid cyclist -- which has done wonders for his weight and health. 2 years ago he almost passed out from riding up to the top of his street (about 125 yards,) and now he's contemplating a 142 mile ride in October from Kingston to Negril.

When I get back to Jamaica and I have my roadbike I'll be able to go on some long, albeit slow, rides with him I hope. My wife seems to be getting interested in the idea of the ride fron Kingston to Negril, so we'll see what happens there.

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