When/Where: Negril, Jamaica December 17-25, 2010
Why: Jamaica has been on the list for a long time. One of my best friends and I have made a habit of being somewhere wonderfully warm for at least a week at the end of each year for the past few years.
Best Meal: The "patties" from The Health Shop and the lobster salad from Idle Awhile were both consumed almost daily! Most Interesting Discovery: The up-river hike at Mayfield Falls. It was a perilous drive up to the base of the waterfalls, and it was a hike that almost took me down (or did but only momentarily). But it was also one of the most unexpected and wonderful discoveries to literally "hike"--aka swim--up the falls in the water rather than walking along the side of the river. With the trees forming a canopy allowing the sun to dapple through, it was very much like a movie scene shot by a very good directory of photography. The eclipse was also out of a movie--I'll probably never see anything like it again in my lifetime. It was inspiring.
What did you buy? A wonderful set of wood and brass inlay dominoes crafted on the island, a handmade crocheted bathing suit which is super 70s chic, and a hand knit hat for little lucky Max. It's camo melange and Rasta colors, I would have gotten one myself if they came in adult sizes!