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English Coursework - TRAVEL WRITING By Daisy Townsend July 2003 The sun beat down on my forehead. It was incontrovertibly hot here, the south cost of Jamaica. The golden sun was at its strongest with its strongest with its hot rays beaming down on the little village of Jenena. 'Jenena', or in Greek, the place of searing and glow', certainly lived up to its meaning. The temperature was soaring increasingly higher as the day grew. I fanned myself with my left hand, and created a cool breeze that slipped away and was replaced by the intense heat almost instantaneously. I then glanced around and took in my surroundings. Beautiful. Absolutely stunning. There were few words that did Jamaica justice; it was simply indescribable. I'd been for here for almost a week now, the area still seemed refreshingly new - each day felt like a new opening. I didn't want to leave; instead I had decided I could quite contently stay here in this paradise for eternity if it were not for the intense heat that often left me feeling smothered and breathless. ...read more.


She had a proud, mellowed expression as she showed me one of Jamaica's many beautiful spots. Most Jamaicans did have a mellow look on their lives and I had decided it was due to their relaxed, laid back attitudes to everything. Many a times had I heard a Jamaican person explain that 'life was too short'. I had to say, on whole, the Jamaicans were very much more chilled than any other people I had encountered. It was somewhat infectious also, as I too felt so much more relaxed. St. Costa happened to be a popular beach amongst the country. And, as I examined the coast, it was obvious as to why the stunning beach was loved. It was the way that the ocean appeared to be a sparkling pool of diamonds, glistening softly against the vast land of which it covered. The sea was inviting with its cool waves and fresh aroma. I dipped my ankle in to the tip of the sea once I had edged closer to both rake a closer look at the ocean and cool down. ...read more.


I then closed my eyes and heard the soft murmurings of the ocean like delicate whispers in my ear. I could feel the welcoming heat on my body, relaxing and pleasurable. Except even then, after five minutes, the sun became too much for me - and I was in a shaded part of the beach at that too. I sat up, feeling dizzy and light headed. "Yuh been here often?" my guide asked. She was a friendly woman. "No, this is my first time," I replied. "Enjoyin' yuh self?" "It's very nice," I smiled. "I love sunny hot weather but to be honest, I'm finding it difficult to live with the heat." "Ya no' da only one," she laughed. "Compared to yuh country, yuh travellers find dis too hot." I could see what she meant. Weather like this would have been unheard of in England. That had been the attraction when I had come to the island; the thought of such heat had once appealed to me. Now however, the reality was that it really was too much. Maybe Britain did have a certain advantage over this little village after all, I reflected with a slight smile. ...read more.

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