No Chili in Jamaica

ochi rious town squareWe went to the city of Ocho Rios last week. Ocho Rios is where Christopher Columbus first landed when he came to Jamaica.grocery shopping in ocho riosDave took advantage of one of the large grocery stores there to buy supplies to make a chili supper for the Beachs- our Jamaican hosts. He could find all the ingredients he needed except…………. the chili!  Later we looked in another grocery store in Ocho Rios and three in the Runaway Bay area. No chili powder! There was jerk sauce with chilis and chili sauce but no chili powder. Dave improvised with a variety of other spices and his signature chili was still delicious. cruise ship in ocho roosOcho Rios is a popular stop for Caribbean cruise ships. Although one was in dock when we were there we didn’t see many tourists in town. yam seller ochi riosThe local vendors complain that while the cruise ships used to let passengers just roam the town now they encourage them to take packaged trips to swim with dolphins or visit Dunn River Falls so that means the local merchants in Ocho Rios don’t benefit from the tourist trade. orange vendorThis vendor was peeling oranges for customers.selling sun fishAnd this fisherman was trying to sell his fish to passersby. houses in ocho diosWe spent time just wandering the streets ocho riosand trying to get a feel for the place. Because we seemed to be the only tourists there people were trying to sell us souvenirs at every turn. With the tough economic times they’re experiencing I understand why. 

It was interesting to see Ochi Rios, but I don’t think I need to go back. 

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