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.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Dust in Yuh Face

I remember visiting Accra when I was living in the U.S. and being struck by how much dust there was in the air, and how dirty everything got so very quickly.

Unfortunately, now that I am back in Jamaica I am re-learning that we have the same "problem." Or, to put it more accurately, North America and other colder climates feature clean, dust-free living.

I guess the reasons make sense. In those countries, keeping the cold out is a matter of life or death, so houses must be draft-proof. This means that during the summer, the windows cannot be opened easily and widely, resulting in the use of air conditioning.

Here in the Caribbean, the windows are kept open as much as possible, with the result being that along with the sun, the breeze and the sounds of birds chirping in the trees comes dust.

Yet, this is no consolation for the amount of cleaning that must be done to keep interiors clean. It also means that one must put up with lots of insects, bugs, lizards and other creatures.

Nothing wrong -- it's just another difference that a returnee must account for in their move back to Jamaica.


At 1/30/2008 6:05 AM, Anonymous ESTEBAN AGOSTO REID said...

Planting more trees and creating more green spaces, especially in the urban areas will result in a considerable decrease in the ever present dust that the island is now expeiencing.

At 1/30/2008 1:13 PM, Anonymous sway said...

Reading the line about lizards made me shudder. I cant imagine how I'd cope with the little critters. They feak me out.

At 1/30/2008 9:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have come to dislike Kingston because it seems like a major war was declared against nature sometime in the 1990s, and nature is losing big time. Dem houses up on Long Hill turn my stomach every time I glance that way. All that dust comes from the wanton destruction of and lack of regard for the physical environment. We call it "construction" and "development". Right.

As for the lizards etc. they are just trying to survive the same way that you are; their days are quite numbered as noone seems to realize, or care, that the quality of life for lizards and frogs is the litmus test for us as human beings. Let them be; your environs will be healthier for it -- less mosquitoes to bite you, fewer flies swarming, fewer termites nibbling away at your books and furniture, fewer slugs and mites eating away at your plants, etc. etc. Killing off everything just creates more problems.

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