...you may call it Bad Hope...
02.12.2005 30 °C
The bus left at 6 this morning for an almost 2 hour drive to the location of my shoot. A plantation called 'Good Hope.' The locals call it 'Bad Hope' because of it's horrible past in the days of slavery. We worked at 'the Country House', a big Gregorian villa built around 1755. One of the people who once owned Good Hope was called John Tharp and he was the richest man of Jamaica. He wasn't cool at all, he had lots of slaves. The plantation is still active now, I forgot what they're planting though. But I think sugar and some kind of fruit.
The house is open for visitors now, you can stay there for a romantic weekend or get married! Perfect. There are 2 other villas on the plantation where you can stay as well. It had little signs with information all over the place, so I got to know some of the history. Over the past 5 different families have been living there. It already started to become a touristic attraction around 1940.
Amazingly beautiful there! All the views of the house looked over green hills without anything material, just nature! Incredible! It also felt a bit weird to be at that place because of the strange history. It's hard to comprehend what really happened there. It's too much.
There was an iPod at the house connected to speakers that were outside so the whole plantation could hear the music! Not exactly, cause it's pretty big, but still, the music was loud! I was the DJ for a while so I played some good Roots Reggae, Bob of course and some Burning Spear, Culture, Black Uhuru etc.... Love Reggae Music! They served Blue Mountain coffee there. It's so good!!
I really enjoyed the beauty of everything. Even the way back by bus was exciting because you can never see enough of Jamaica, right mon!
After dinner I went to a club with Ellen and Kim called 'Pacha.' You got clubs like that one all over the world. We had a good dance, especially in the beginning because they played reggae and dancehall! Which changed into Hip-Hop, alright, then R&B... mmm... and then 80's hits... A good time for me to go to bed... hihi...
Tomorrow I got the day off! Which is nice because now I can really enjoy the Jamaican collie...
I'll be swimming mon!