JAMAICA

Beautiful images captured from my adventure in the Blue Mountains.

Where is it?

Remotely in the Blue Mountains, not too far away from the capital of Jamaica, Kingston 

What to expect?

This unique place is well hidden, no travel guide will inform you about this little place on earth. It's hard to get there but when travelers arrive in the village, they are warmly welcomed by the community.  You can stay overnight or just hang out for a few hours there, it is important to respect their religious rules regarding praying, church and gender roles while staying there. 

How to get there?

 

Take the public transport to Papine Square. You can get there with a minibus or just by taking a cab. From there ask for the next minibus to Redlight. From this small village in the blue mountains, you can either walk or (better option) take a cab. You need to point out that you want to go to the Rastafarian mountain village and the driver will drive as close as possible to the village, you will still end up to walk the last 25- 45 minutes straight up the hill, but it will be definitely worth it. 

 

When we arrived there, a traditional prayer service was just about to take place and we had the chance to experience this unique cultural event in person. 

 

HAVANA

Basketball is one of the hidden national sports in Cuba.  Almost every evening during the week, cuban basketball players are meeting up in the famous 23 y b in Havanna. The suburban area in Vedado can be reached by foot or with a maqina.  

When arriving at the court with the yellow grass, I saw a playground for children and two basketball courts. One court was filled with young teen boys, the other one was the men's area where the game was taken quite serious. 

Even though I was the only female in this space, it was one of the rare areas in Cuba where nobody tried to pick me  up or to catcall at me. The focus was on the game and besides the fun, welcoming and playful environment the attention was set on the court. I was happy to shoot in this great athmosphere and focus on capturing this energy this evening.